UDC unveils design for new home of Forum Fishing Village

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) recently unveiled layout designs for a new fishing village at Port Henderson Road (Back Road) in St Catherine to replace the informal Forum Fishing Village located on the Forum Beach.

Occupants of this informal settlement, including fisherfolk, commercial interests and residents, were asked to vacate the beach in light of the UDC's sale of the Forum Hotel in January.

The Jamaica Observer first reported in its July 21 publication that the fisherfolk were to be relocated to the nearby plot of land on Port Henderson Road.

In a media release yesterday, UDC reported that it has already informed the occupants of the upcoming date for the notice to quit along with the final day to remove their belongings from the Forum Beach.

According to UDC, notices were served on July 14 with an expected compliance date of July 28, 2014.

"Dialogue will be maintained between UDC and the stakeholders to address any shortfalls in meeting that deadline," the release said.

The state entity said it would be providing a resettlement grant to the owners/ household heads of the commercial and fishing structures to minimise the impact of this relocation process.

UDC also reported that occupiers of Forum Fishing Village were shown the layout of the new fishing village on July 9, which will accommodate fishing interests and commercial enterprises. According to the UDC, it will not accommodate residences.

"Specifically, the UDC's proposed fishing village will include facilities for fisherfolk to comprise a gear shed for storage of equipment; a separate fish-scaling area; a mooring section; and on-site fuel storage section," UDC disclosed.

Amenities for commercial entities, according to UDC, will include 12 x 12 units to accommodate each commercial interest which was at the previous location. UDC will also provide foundation for the structures and connection for utilities.

In addition, there will be proper parking facilities; separate bathrooms and shower facilities; a garbage collection area and an approved sewage disposal system.




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