Call to regularise informal settlements
MEMBER OF parliament (MP) for Trelawny North, Victor Wright, has made an impassioned plea to the Government to take urgent steps to regularise several informal settlements in his constituency.
In his contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in Gordon House, Wright pledged to his constituents that he would “represent” them with “responsibility”.
Describing as the “most troubling issue” in his constituency, the first-time MP told his parliamentary colleagues that residents in Texas, Silver Sands, Carey Park, and Cave Island have already established benevolent societies and have been pressing the Government to regularise these informal communities. “If we don’t move quickly with regularisation, we are destined for a long partnership with crime and other social issues,” he said.
According to Wright, residents in Race Course, Falmouth, have been waiting to get titles for the lands they occupy for 30 years. He also highlighted Cockburn Pen in Clark’s Town, Coopers Pen, Zion, McHill, Prospect, and Spicy Hill.
“I urge the minister with responsibility for housing and land to ensure the requisite attention is given to the numerous letters and lobbying that is on file, and others to come, in dealing with this situation, as I will be making serious representation in this regard,” he stressed.
With agriculture being one of the main sources of income for constituents, Wright is pushing for a central packaging facility which he said would be a repository for items produced. “This facility will be used to grade and repackage agricultural products to supply the hotel chains, export market, first stage processing into mashes, etc, and creating an output for products produced in the parish,” he asserted.