Orange Walk East Representative Partners with Ministry for Land Distribution Project
The Area Representative of Orange Walk East is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources to distribute hundreds of house lots to Orange Walk residents. The lands, located on the outskirts of Orange Walk Town, are part of a community development project, and will be provided to residents who are yet to own a piece of land. Area Representative, Kevin Bernard, says the venture is in line with the government’s Plan Belize manifesto.
Kevin Bernard, Area Representative for Orange Walk East: “Well, we have assisted a lot of residents throughout my constituency. However, what we are also doing, and I think when I had mentioned it to you before we have a current survey being done right now where we will see almost 500 house lots being provided to our – again – I’m trying to ensure that persons who apply are persons who don’t have a land, first time landowners, single parents and so forth and so that is the initiative that we are working on. And I want to thank the Deputy Prime Minister for making that available to us. So we are almost complete with that. And we should be pretty soon having a land clinic just to deal with those applications for persons who are applied and so we are on that. It’s going to be an entire community development area. And I am happy also that we were able to identify new areas to issue new house lots as well to persons in Orange Walk Town and surrounding that don’t have access to land. We’re also looking at areas in the Santa Marta area, in Palmar for example we were able to get the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources to do a whole resurvey of the area and the new subdivision that they’re doing. So there’s a lot going on in Orange Walk and then in Carmelita as well we have identified an area where there were land that was distributed but no survey was done so we’re working on submitting a proposal for that to be surveyed so that these persons can get their proper parcel number and they can apply for their land and so forth. And just for the record despite the fact that some of these persons were issued land or a piece of paper that did not go through the right channel in the previous administration I have committed to them that once we get the survey done they are going to be given the property to own that piece of land because at the end of the day we are all Belizeans and every deserving Belizean has a right to own a piece of land.”
Bernard noted that the recipients will be provided with affordable purchase prices for the parcels of land.