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  • This year the Ministry will commence and complete projects that will result in another eight housing solutions in Bounty Hall, Trelawny and 17 commercial lots in Vanzie Lands, also in Trelawny.
  • Turning to the Government’s policy intervention with regard to squatter management, Dr. Guy noted that the Ministry has begun preliminary preparation for the National Squatter Management Policy and Implementation Plan.
  • It is estimated that there are over 700 residential squatter settlements island wide, involving more than 100,000 households, with an average of four to five persons per household.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has been carrying out a number of infrastructure projects to upgrade and regularise settlements, in order to alleviate the problem of illegal land tenure.

“Over the last financial year, we completed 32 housing solutions at Albany (Esher) in St. Mary and at 21 August Town Road in St. Andrew. Incremental upgrading works with respect to the acquisition of land, planning and pegging have been carried out on a 292 lot subdivision at Galleon Beach in St. Elizabeth,” Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, informed in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, June 4.

This year the Ministry will commence and complete projects that will result in another eight housing solutions in Bounty Hall, Trelawny and 17 commercial lots in Vanzie Lands, also in Trelawny.

“Similarly, under the Local Improvement Community [Amenities] Act (LICA), scores of Jamaicans stand to benefit from upgrades as well. Over the next year, we will endeavour to start and complete infrastructural work for 35 lots in Cremona, St. Catherine,” he added.

Turning to the Government’s policy intervention with regard to squatter management, Dr. Guy noted that the Ministry
has begun preliminary preparation for the National Squatter Management Policy and Implementation Plan.

“Already we have procured the services of a consultant to undertake comprehensive secondary research that will aid in the formulation of the policy and implementation plan. The consultant, who commenced work in February of this year, has now provided an inception report, which is critical to the analytical study to inform the overall policy,” he outlined.

It is estimated that there are over 700 residential squatter settlements island wide, involving more than 100,000 households, with an average of four to five persons per household.