Descendants of Salt Island may soon be next in line to receive land titles, Natural Resources Minister Vincent Wheatley has said.
Wheatley told BVI News on Tuesday that the request for land titles came directly from residents of the now uninhabited island.
He said a land committee could be formed “as early as June” to kickstart the initiative.
The minister said, among other things, the land committee will use ‘a fair and balanced yardstick’ to decide who is eligible to be granted land titles.
“It’s for the committee to decide, not me,” he noted.
Lack of facilities affected the island’s growth
In the meantime, Wheatley said the outer island’s growth has been stalled for an extended period and part of the problem was the number of persons who did not have the land titles.
The other reasons he said was because: “It (the island) never had a church or a school or power, or able water.”
Asked if the Fahie-led administration is considering to equip the island with the essential amenities, he responded: “Not at this time but you never know. There are alternative energy systems available.”
He said ‘hundreds of the island’s descendants’ however have plans to develop it. When further questioned about the type of development that they are proposing, the minister responded: “I am not sure at this time, once the committee meets, they will then inform me.”
Descendants of the island still make the yearly trips to the location every Territorial day, and many still use their plots as a family burial ground.
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