Residents across the British Virgin Islands who were assigned Crown land but never made payments are at risk of losing the said properties.
A tough-talking Minister for Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley said these persons are being given a small window to make the payments.
“To speed up land distribution in the territory, I have instructed the Ministry to send out notices this week to all persons who were assigned property but never paid a dime for it,” he said while delivering remarks at the House of Assembly on Monday.
“Be on notice, you have six weeks to pay up or it will be taking it back and giving it to someone else who is more serious about moving this country forward,” he added.
Draft land committee criteria completed
Wheatley, in the meantime, said a draft of the mandate for a land advisory committee is now complete. He said once finalized, this mandate will be used for Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Salt Island and Tortola for distribution of land titles.
“There will be meetings with each community to get feedback before a final document is produced and a committee is set up,” he said.
The initiative is in keeping with a an election promise to residents by the VIP.
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