Squatters in Belmopan given Eviction Notice Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Persons who were found living in a water catchment area in Belmopan were given a 14-days’ notice to leave the area. As many as eight families are living and farming in the area. The notice was given after a field search was done of the area near the reserve which, besides being property of the Belmopan City Council, is within the designated area of the creek where any form of development is prohibited.

There are as many as eight existing structures, and several others under construction, for which parcels of land were cleared out and are continued being cleared out for farming.

After a report that a growing number of squatters, all believed to be immigrants, have been illegally occupying the land in the reserve, Hon. John Saldivar, Area Representative for Belmopan, led the field visit on Friday, April 13. He was accompanied by Angel Pastrana, Acting Mayor; Ralston Frazer, City Administrator; Belmopan City Councilors; Belmopan police and Reconstruction and Development Corporation (RECONDEV) personnel.

Frazer commented on the situations saying “I don’t think we caught it too late. We are going to have to be very careful on how we handle it at this point, but nonetheless handle it. Those that have just started their process of construction that is not too difficult to deal with; what will be more challenging will be those who have already settled. But as I said, and I want to reiterate, at all cost, we intend to follow this through to the end. This is not a designated area by any of the responsible authorities, including City Hall, especially City Hall, and no  permission was given to settle in this area.”

Given that the squatters were not operating in compliance with environmental laws, they were given a 14-day notice to vacate the area of the reserve. They were advised to secure their personal items and it was reinforced that failure to comply with these instructions within the allotted time would result in the “proper authorities taking full action in removing  of any and all structures.”