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Apr 30, 2018

48-Hour Reprieve as Some Squatters Leave Mount Pleasant Creek

The fourteen days notice given to squatters within the Mount Pleasant Creek Reserve area elapsed on Sunday.  Today, the Belmopan City Council, Belmopan Police and Human Development went back to the area and report that some families have voluntarily vacated the area, while others have asked to remain until Wednesday evening, to which the Council has agreed.  In a release issued this evening, the city council says that, “any other structure remaining at the said location on the morning of Thursday, May third, 2018, shall be removed by the authorities of the Belmopan City Council.” City Engineer Wilfred Wade spoke with the media.

 

Wilfred Wade

Wilfred Wade, City Engineer, Belmopan City Council

“Today, we are following up on it and so we give them until Wednesday to move or we will move them. We have the authority to move them but I prefer in dialogue. So, we ask them to move peacefully and in absence of that, then we will go to plan B, in which we will move them. The other thing that we told them is that if they need somewhere to store their belongings until they find somewhere, we will do that for them at the old culvert yard but it won’t be for an indefinite period of time. Also, too, we won’t be held responsible for their things and basically it will be only the buildings itself rather than their personal belongings. A few people have agreed to that, except for one guy, he appeared to be reluctant but I gave him until Wednesday. So I told him that Wednesday that I will bring my people and we will dismantle it. Three families have relocated already.”

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