Uplifting Conch Shell Bay Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Through the efforts of councilor Philip Willougby residents of the Conch shell Bay area in Belize City, received a visit by a high powered delegation of key players who will be able to make a difference in the lives of the residents there. On Wednesday morning, Mayor Darrell Bradley; Bishop of the Anglican Diocese, Philip Wright; President of the Council of Churches, Roosevelt Papaloute; Commissioner of Lands, Wilbert Vallejos; Director of Hand in Hand Ministries, Bernard Panton and Councilor Willoughby himself, did a walk-through of the area.

According to Mayor Bradley, the city council through the efforts of Willoughby did a site assessment to look at the conditions in the area and see how the residents can be assisted. Willoughby says that the players were brought together after he had a meeting with the residents three weeks ago and they brought up concerns that they would like addressed. Among those concerns is the issue of land where tenure of some of the residents need to be addressed. Another key issue was that of the poor living conditions.

Already, action is being taken with regards to the land issue where in the upcoming financial year, the lands department will be coming in to make assessments of the area. In the assessments, the physical planning unit will come in to map out the lands and if necessary conduct surveys to ensure distribution of land to those who have had possession of it. The churches were brought in to be mediators in the exercise to remove political intervention from this process. After his is completed, assistance will be sought from housing organizations like Hand in Hand Ministries to construct better houses for the residents. As it is Hand in Hand Ministries cannot come in to do work since the land tenure of some of the residents is not certain. 

While that is in process, Willougby says that already assistance for better housing is being given to the residents. Plywood, doors and windows are just some of the items that are being distributed to improve conditions. Land fill is also being provided to residents to ensure that the area does not flood during the rainy season.

The Belize City Council is assisting with some of the materials being donated but by and large Councilor Philip Willoughby has been spearheading the fundraising efforts securing contributions from various donors to assist the people of Conch Shell Bay.