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Belmopan City Council Update on Squatters’ Situation Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 May 2018 00:00

After eight families of squatters were given two weeks’ notice on Friday, April 13 to vacate an area, the Belmopan City Council along with officers from the Belmopan Police and Human Development revisited the area on Monday, April 30. The area being illegally occupied is the Mount Pleasant Creek Reserve which acts as a water catchment where any form of development is prohibited. The area is also property of the Belmopan City Council.

At the first visitation of the area, there were as many as eight existing structures as well as several others under construction. 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 time allotted would result in the “proper authorities taking full action in removal of any and all structures.”

Upon revisiting the area, it was noted that three of the families have voluntarily moved from the area. Two other families have requested permission to remain in the area until the close of Wednesday, May 2, 2018, to which the Council has agreed. Any other structure remaining at said location on the morning of Thursday, May 3 shall be removed by the authorities of the Belmopan City Council.

The Council hereby reminds the general public that squatting, which is in fact illegal, will actively and consistently be addressed within the confines of the law regarding such encroachment.