By Benjamin Flowers: Tonight, eighty families, representing some 200 people are distraught at a private landowner’s decision to erect a large concrete barrier to block their only access road to their homes.
The scene unfolded at Mile 1.5 on the George Price Highway, where community members gathered to express their discontent over the decision and their fear that when they wake up tomorrow morning another barrier might be in place.
Community members spoke to Breaking Belize News, saying that many have lived in the area for over 10 years and do not think it is right that they could not move their carts and vans through the road so they could go out to sell and make a living.
Responding to the community’s call, Belize City Councilor Allan Pollard, who was made aware of the situation this morning arrived on the scene and says he personally scrambled the resources necessary to move the barrier and get the community members back into their homes.
“I’m always for process. If you’re on someone’s private property, I don’t endorse that. but at the same time, for the private owners, there is a process as well….So many families who have established years living in this community and you can’t just come one day and say ‘well I wa block you out,” Pollard said.
He noted that the private owner did not inform the City Council of his intentions to erect the barrier. Pollard said that there are several issues including squatting, land resource usage, and unplanned urban development that will need a wide crosssection of stakeholders to address to come up with a definitive solution to the problem.
This is a developing story.
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