Wint calls plans for Alexandria lands insulting, cruel

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Wint calls plans for Alexandria lands insulting, cruel

Monday, August 10, 2020

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KINGSON, Jamaica — People's National Party's (PNP) candidate for St Ann South West Valenton Wint has called plans by the Government to do an open market development on lands in Alexandria an insult to the families who were previously allocated lots.

In a statement today, Wint said undeveloped lots were allocated in 2005 to families in the farming belt who have lived in the community having been displaced by bauxite mining.

“Turning your back on the people who have been waiting and hoping for help with housing is cruel for a government who claims that it cares,” he charged.

The PNP candidate called the move a “complete slap in the face" for the more than 100 families said to be impacted.

“These small farmers have been waiting for help to build their houses for a long time, but the Government now comes with a project which overlooks them and disregards the sacrifice made by the generations of their families,” Wint added.

He said that the infrastructural plan for lands in Alexandria were approved by the parish council for the resettlement of some 150 families in 2012. He noted that the delay in housing development was caused by technical difficulties with the land. “These residents are being callously overlooked to receive HAJ (Housing Agency of Jamaica) help,” Wint said.

“It is time to settle this matter once and for all. The lots were allocated to these families, but they are small farmers who are not able to finance the building of houses without help,” he added.

He said any decision by the Government to build houses must take into account the lots that were previously allocated.

“These resettlements need to be finalised before any other development solution advances,” he said.

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