Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017. 6:40 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Carla Barnett was in the Toledo District on December 6th and 7th, 2017 and met with over 150 residents in Punta Gorda and surrounding communities who have had long-term challenges with their land tenure status, according to a Government of Belize press release.
Barnett was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, and senior staff from the Lands and Surveys Department, the Revenue Department, and the Legal Department in the Ministry to establish a full service for the residents of Punta Gorda Town.
The working visit by the Ministry of Natural Resources team was to address problems that were longstanding, particularly in areas where residents have been living in communities for over twenty years.
The release states that, “the team was able to come to an immediate solution to address issues relating to expired leases and purchases, surveys, subdivisions, tenure disputes, completion of sub-divisions, community expansion, and finalized inspections and in some instances, the Minister met with residents from her previous visit to do follow up work in more complex cases.”
These working visits are part of the Ministry’s strategy to deliver prompt service to the public and to address the backlog due to more complicated cases.
The release ended by stating that, “This was the Minister’s second working visit to Punta Gorda this year and the Ministry plans to continue with such visits in each district throughout the coming months.”
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