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  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, is assuring persons who have made deposits for housing solutions in the Bernard Lodge scheme, that the project will go ahead.
  • The Minister said communication with the depositors would be improved, by way of, but not limited to, meetings, as is necessary.
  • Action has been taken, including meetings with representatives of the new HAJ Board, management and other government agencies, to finalise the programme, and move ahead.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, is assuring persons who have made deposits for housing solutions in the Bernard Lodge scheme, that their money is safe and that the project will go ahead.

The Minister explained that the proposed Bernard Lodge Housing scheme was designed as a public/private sector partnership agreement where the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) would provide land, and funding for the development provided by the private partner.

He stated that to date the private sector partners “have not demonstrated the capability of living up to their commitment and their obligation – that of securing financing for the development.”

However, the Minister said, “despite the deviation from the originally announced timetable…. the Government of Jamaica (through the HAJ), will honour its obligations in accordance with the sales agreement…the development will be executed. Your deposits are safe, secured in a commercial bank, and can be accounted for at any time”.

Dr. Davies, who was making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14, further noted that if a depositor wants full refund, this will be accommodated immediately.

The Minister said communication with the depositors would be improved, by way of, but not limited to, meetings, as is necessary.

He assured the House that action has been taken, including meetings with representatives of the new HAJ Board, management and other government agencies, to finalise the programme, and move ahead.

He also informed that discussions have been held with the National Housing Trust, (NHT) to explore possibilities for collaboration on this, and on other projects.

“Based on professional and technical advice presented to me, I have instructed that a more precise and in-depth cost analysis be conducted on what is required for the supporting physical infrastructure, especially sewage disposal and storm drainage, to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, on installation,” Dr. Davies said.

He informed that the promised dates of delivery will be delayed in order to complete the required due diligence.

“Notwithstanding, deadlines have been set for the supply of requisite information to avoid further delays in moving forward,” the Minister said.