Call To Regularise Informal Settlements
North Trelawny MP Victor Wright (PNP) has made a call for government to regularize several informal settlements in his constituency. The first-time Member of Parliament made this plea during his contribution to the recent State of the Constituency Debate in Gordon House.
MP Wright also spoke of a new initiative for the constituency: a central packaging facility which he said would be a repository for agricultural items produced. This he hopes to be a hub for export and distribution locally.
The following is a summary of Victor Wright’s contribution.
From The Gleaner
Member of Parliament (MP) for Trelawny North, Victor Wright, has made an impassioned plea to the Government to take urgent steps to regularise several informal settlements in his constituency.
In his contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in Gordon House, Wright pledged to his constituents that he would “represent” them with “responsibility”.
Describing as the “most troubling issue” in his constituency, the first-time MP told his parliamentary colleagues that residents in Texas, Silver Sands, Carey Park, and Cave Island have already established benevolent societies and have been pressing the Government to regularise these informal communities. “If we don’t move quickly with regularisation, we are destined for a long partnership with crime and other social issues,” he said.
According to Wright, residents in Race Course, Falmouth, have been waiting to get titles for the lands they occupy for 30 years. He also highlighted Cockburn Pen in Clarks Town, Coopers Pen, Zion, Mc Hill, Prospect, and Spicy Hill.
“I urge the minister with responsibility for housing and land to ensure the requisite attention is given to the numerous letters and lobbying that is on file and others to come in dealing with this situation, as I will be making serious representation in this regard,” he stressed.
With agriculture being one of the main sources of income for constituents, Wright is pushing for a central packaging facility which he said would be a repository for items produced. “This facility will be used to grade and repackage agricultural products to supply the hotel chains, export market, first stage processing into mashes, etc, and creating an output for products produced in the parish,” he asserted.