The ongoing land dispute in the north of the island may be put to rest sooner, rather than later, as over 13 acres and more than 175 lots are currently being made ready for residents, according to Minister of Land Reginald Austrie.
On Tuesday, he disclosed that some lots are already subdivided and are in the final stages of survey.
“In Cotton Hill in Portsmouth we have already subdivided over 175 lots which we are now in the final stages of survey and those lots will be made available to the people of Portsmouth, Glanvillia and in fact to the entire north, at a price to determine by the government through the valuation unit of the Government of Dominica,” he stated.
Austrie said further that 10 acres have been selected in Georgetown and will be ready soon.
“In Glanvillia/Georgetown 10 acres of land have been identified in the Georgetown area and we are in the process of doing the sub division and seeking to make the lands available to the people of Glanvillia very, very, shortly,” Austrie said. “And an additional three acres have been identified in an area called Mountain which will also be subdivided and made available to the people of Glanvillia at a price determined by the Cabinet of Dominica.”
The matter has been a long running issue in Portsmouth. The residents have squatted on the land in a move which Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said was illegal.
Skerrit had indicated that government had purchased 25 acres of land, with about 101 lots in Cotton Hill, for the Glanvillia residents.
But MP for the area, Ian Douglas, had said the people were not interested in lands at Cotton Hill. He said they are sticking to their original plan and the lands in Georgetown should be allocated to them as promised.
Speaking to state owned DBS on Thursday, Douglas expressed his pleasure in hearing the news that the impasse was coming to and end.
“It’s great news all around and we’re just very happy for the way that some things are unfolding as we speak,” he said.