Tuesday, April 14th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: 10 Belize City families who were told last week that they had a week to move will be moving to new properties in the area of Cotton Tree, Cayo District. But it has come to light that there are many more families living in the area of the Lake Independence Boulevard-Chetumal Street in the Lake Independence division who say they need help too.
Today area representative Mark King made clear that those families who came to him for help were those directly affected by the eviction notices, and while squatting is illegal, the immediacy of their situation prompted his intervention. But he may not be in a position to do the same for those who do not address their situation immediately, he says.
For the remaining families, King says they must recognize that they have to move because the land squeeze affecting Belize City means that property owners in the Lake Boulevard area are moving to assert their rights. It is inevitable that conflicts like these will arise and so to avoid them, squatters must come in and make formal application to the representative’s office on Mahogany Street and be prepared to move out of the City.
He also refuted allegations that he was approached about the initial purchase of the parcel. He maintained that he has evidence that the area was not developed for as long as the squatters say they have resided there and will be able to prove anyone wrong who suggests otherwise.
King says he does not know if Government has any more land to give away in Cotton Tree, but residents of the division can still benefit from the Land Amnesty Program for first-time land owners. A ceremony for latest recipients is being planned
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