58 homes in Petite Savanne Resettlement to be handed over.

The Bellevue Chopin project seen from various angles

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said 58 families from the Petite Savanne consistency will be receiving their new homes at Bellevue Chopin tomorrow, March 26th.

This resettlement project at Bellevue Chopin was built for Petite Savanne residents who were displaced by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.

The handing over ceremony will be held at Bellevue Chopin at 4 pm on Tuesday.

Skerrit said he is very happy for the families and looks forward to the ceremony.

“We will be handing over 58 homes to the residents of Petite Savanne. I am very happy… for them and I look forward to this ceremony because in life human beings look forward to good shelter for their family and I think the government have been able to provide that for them and I’m very happy for all of them.”

He added, “In the middle of April, we’ll have another….. between 24 and 36 ready to hand over and at the end of April another 30 and were hoping by the end of May we would move in everybody into those homes.”

Last year, 38 homes were handed over to the Petite Savanne residents out of a total of 380 homes that are being constructed in Bellevue Chopin Community.

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17 Comments

  1. March 26, 2019

    In 1974 the Virgin Island poet Sheila Hyndman (1958-1991) wrote these prophetic lines on the theme of her beloved Virgin Gorda.

    “…Your simple and innocent beauty is one to challenge.
    They will come with tools and machines.
    They will bring to light your secret places,
    They will demand your mysteries,
    They will destroy,
    Build up.
    They will dilute your treasures
    And rob you of your chastity.
    They will adorn you like ancient Jezebel…”

    At the time of her death, Sheila was developing her concern for the destruction of these islands into a trilogy that traced their history from the earliest settlers, through to the present, and into the future.

    Had she been given time on earth to complete her prophesy, it would have forewarned us of the folly of hankering after an alien lifestyle.

    • ??
      March 26, 2019

      Some people just cannot be pleased…you build it’s a problem, you don’t build it’s a problem. It seems like some people will only be satisfied when their party is in power. What a shame. At least you could have said something about building responsibly and show where this government has failed in preserving the environment. Don’t worry… when your novice leader comes in all will be good. Pleasant dreams.

      • Joseph John
        March 26, 2019

        ??…..you know what they say….”de people will talk .” Some will talk, some will walk, some will sit on their hands and do nothing AND SOME WILL WORK. Last election it was no Labour will talk, but Labour will work…. LABOUR CA TWAVIE. Now we are seeing Labour working as promised. LABOUR DOES NOT MAKE EMPTY PROMISES.

  2. Dominican Citizen
    March 25, 2019

    The sad thing is that once independent people with their own homes, own land with their own back yard garden and own place to pack their vehicle NOW must live in those fancy so called apartment houses with no back yard garden, no private land to park their vehicles… I suppose we call that development.

    On the other hand, they are beautiful apartment houses however I believe individual homes with space for a back yard garden and own parking would have been better…

  3. dissident
    March 25, 2019

    i did a little research: a story written on this very online newspaper on December 9 2018

    The first 38 homes were handed over in December 7 2018. at the time PM ” disclosed that an additional 130 residential units are expected to be handed over in January 2019 with another 34 in February and 81 more in April” Pm also said “final 80 will be handed over in June”
    38+130+34+81+80= 363 houses

    here in this story i see 58 units being handed over and in the middle of April between 24 and 36
    at de end of April another 30

    i not to good at maths:
    38 homes were handed over last year
    58 units are being handed over tomorrow
    as much as 36 in de middle of April ( a month away)
    30 units at de end of April
    38+58+36+30=162 units

    walking with his eyes closed????

    • Joseph John
      March 26, 2019

      You do not have to do research when you can see the houses and you can touch them with your eyes closed. You can be blindfolded and still feel them. They are real. You are not wide awake in a dream or having a nightmare in the daytime . So if you want to do postmodern maths and research, go to the locations, count the buildings and take pictures. Then you can publish reports on DNO that will show houses as promised by the PM. You will not see tents or tarpaulins. You will see houses that will soon become homes for some Dominicans. I guarantee that Labour ka twavie.

  4. Charlie
    March 25, 2019

    I applaud the government on this kind gesture. However, I have issues with this. Most of the prime lands were taken from the Bellevue residents. I would think at least a few houses would be handed over to them along with the Petite Savanna residents at least we deserve that much. Further more a few residents from Bellevue whose homes were destroyed by Maria were also promised houses. These individuals to date have not received any form of assistance and are still in their make shift homes. Please Mr. PM do somethung to ease these people plight.

  5. Lew Hemmer
    March 25, 2019

    Housing was definitely needed after the hurricane, however, why were these houses built with such sterile architecture? Was it not possible to add some Caribbean style to their appearance? Was it necessary to make them all look alike in such a cookie cutter style? At the very least, can this be corrected with some mural art by Dominican artists such as Shadrach Burton [https://www.facebook.com/shadrach.burton]? Surely Shadi could coordinate several other Dominican artists and make this area a beautiful part of the Nature Island.

    • March 27, 2019

      Murals: a nice idea, but I doubt that cosmetics can disguise the bland, run of the mill architecture of these projects. And it is not architecture alone that’s at fault. More serious are the long term the social implications of urban housing for rural communities.

      If there are to be murals, I suggest that they depict paradise lost: yard space, a work-shed, garden produce, washing hung on a line, some hens and a goat.

    • B Ravariere
      March 28, 2019

      If you had lost your home as these people. Have I don’t think you would be complaining ,to be given a lovely home like this must be amazing,for a lot of people these homes are possibly better than the ones that they lost,but I’m sorry to say that some people are never satisfied,could it possibly be down to jealousy,personally I would love to live in one of those homes,they are bringing Dominica up to a standard that can match anywhere in the world God bless the prime minister.

  6. RandyX
    March 25, 2019

    What are the criteria for receiving one of these: to be a blind Skerrit supporter and pledge the vote unconditionally to the DLP. Vote buying has commenced.

    • Karl Orndem
      March 26, 2019

      crying and begging. pledging fieldty and bending the knee.

  7. %
    March 25, 2019

    With all the chaos going on in the constituency, I think UWP needs a candidate on the ground now!now!now!
    Take the house and vote them out!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

    • lula
      March 25, 2019

      @%….Don’t you have work to do other than coming online and chanting “Skerrit Must Go?” Each time I come online is a whole bunch of UWPites stressing out and they have nothing planned. Waiting <<<>>>> 8-O

    • I Hear You
      March 26, 2019

      you can say Skerrit must go but one thing you cannot call that man is lazy. He needs to change the lazy people around him but he is not lazy.

      • Joseph John
        March 26, 2019

        He will go in 20 years when his vision for a developed Dominica is fulfilled . They say he is corrupt , the say he is lazy…If that is so give me more . Full me with it , give me an excess of it.

    • B ravariere
      March 28, 2019

      If you throw him out Dominica is finished.

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