Land Dispute in Portsmouth Intensifies
In response to residents of Portsmouth voicing their concerns, as it relates to a land dispute in the Picard/Georgetown area, Prime Minister Honourable Skerrit says, the persons who have occupied land in the that area, need to be reminded that squatting is illegal, so is taking land that does not belong to them.
The area of land in the dispute was designated for industrial purposes, however the section of the land that was to be provided for the residents, is not where they accommodated, and some have even occupied private land in that area, he said.
According to the Prime Minister, residents can visit the Housing Office in Portsmouth for application forms for residents in Portsmouth or the surrounding areas who are interested in lots at Cotton Hill, as they are more suitable to build houses.
In that way, he said, the Government will have a better appreciation as to the number of people interested in lots.
Mr. Skerrit noted Portsmouth needs to be expanded and there is no space available to do so.
However, Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency, Honourable Ian Douglas has made it clear that he is on the side of the Glanvillia residents who have moved into Georgetown.
Mr. Douglas noted, it was a peaceful move to an issue they have been requesting a solution to for a number of years.