Stevens Land Project Debated at
Legislator, Mr. Terrance B Lettsome has asked the Chief Minister and members of
his cabinet to reconsider the Stevens land project. This request was made at
the East End/Long Look community meeting on 10 March. Mr. Lettsome explained
that many people prefer to build their own home and since Government was
proposing to build the houses and give them to the people he didnít think that
the plan was such a good one.
pointed out that it would be better if Government assisted in the procuring of
finance for the people to build their own homes.
The issue of
the distribution of the plots of land was also raised by Mr. Lettsome, as he
pointed out that Government should complete more roads and provide more plots.
Natural Resources and Labour Hon. J. Alvin Christopher said that persons who
were awarded lots at Stevens Estate are now in the process of receiving title to
their land. He explained that the only problem people might find is that the
process has changed to give first time owners top priority. He announced that
the roads will be completed and more plots will be awarded in the near future.
Government-owned Stevens Estate is located in Long Look. Initially a total of
45 acres of land was acquired by Government. 42 acres was purchased and the
other three acres were given to Government as a gift.
price of the 42 acres was $714,000, and the payment was made over a period of
five years with an initial payment of $150,000 in 1990 and the balance in four
equal installments during 1991, 1992,1993 and 1994, but the fourth and final
installment was made on May 17, 2003. The gift of three acres will be used by
Government as a public park named the Ivor Stevens Memorial Park. The
acquisition of an additional 9 acres of land at Long Look was approved by
Executive Council in 1987.
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