Editorial Staff
3 months ago

Editorial Staff
3 months ago

Government Unveils Plans to Beautify St John’s by Seizing Derelict Properties

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By Aabigale McIntosh

 

The Antiguan government looks set to begin drafting legislation to assume control of derelict properties left abandoned in and around the capital city of St John’s.

The concern is that these structures pose health and security risks.

The matter was discussed during Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting. The aim is to give the Works Ministry control for beautification purposes.

Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office Lionel Hurst explains that many of these homes and landowners are nationals who do not necessarily live on the island. However, their homes have deteriorated.

“In some instances, vagrants occupy these buildings, so this has to be addressed,” Hurst said.

While the law is in its draft stage it will apply to both private and public sectors.

Hurst also spoke to the likely implications that will result from this move.

“When the legislation is drafted all the expenses that are being incurred to either break down or clean up the land, will result in charges which will have to be covered by the land/property owner. We are trying to work it out so that no court will declare that piece of legislation that it affects the sacrosanct nature of private property,”

He further explains how the process is going to work noting that a notice will be placed in the newspapers identifying the plot of land or building and the owner who will have a specific number of days in which to respond.

“Failure to receive a response would be an indication that it is ok for the government to move forward with this matter,” Hurst said.

1 Comment

  1. Gods army

    No one will claim the building in the picture because the old blind man is dead, so just say u will be taking over people properties

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