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  • Work is to commence next week on the 12 hectares (30 acres) of land in Salt Savannah and 16 hectares (40 acres) in Shearer's Heights Clarendon for the relocation of residents of the Rocky Point and Portland Cottage communities respectively.
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR), Danville Walker, who made the announcement during separate meetings with the residents recently, said that the scope of work would involve clearing and surveying the properties and dividing them into lots.
  • He noted that persons would benefit from houses made of concrete and steel to replace several of the board structures, which previously existed, while the communities would be provided with proper sanitation and public utilities.

Work is to commence next week on the 12 hectares (30 acres) of land in Salt Savannah and 16 hectares (40 acres) in Shearer’s Heights Clarendon for the relocation of residents of the Rocky Point and Portland Cottage communities respectively.

Chief Executive Officer of the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR), Danville Walker, who made the announcement during separate meetings with the residents recently, said that the scope of work would involve clearing and surveying the properties and dividing them into lots.

He noted that persons would benefit from houses made of concrete and steel to replace several of the board structures, which previously existed, while the communities would be provided with proper sanitation and public utilities.

“We must build a house that is a little more improved than what was blown down. We don’t want to come back here the next storm and have to build back these houses again,” he stated.

Mr. Walker informed that the fishing area of the Rocky Point community would be renovated at a later date but focus was being placed on commencing the construction of the two new communities.

The ONR Chief Executive Officer has projected that some persons will be able to access their homes by Christmas.

Some 150 persons from Rocky Point and 200 others from Portland Cottage, which were severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan, are to benefit from the relocation exercise.

Mr. Walker said that the assessment conducted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, had revealed that about 140,000 homes across the island were lost or severely damaged as a result of the hurricane, but priory would be given to residents in the most severely affected areas.

“We have been raising money in the Office of National Reconstruction and people have been donating funds and we have a lot of pledges, which I believe we will collect every dollar of. What we’re doing right now is starting,” he said.