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Jun 29, 2020

Red Bank Chairman Explains Land Issue

William Salam

According to the chairman, a public meeting was held in October 2019 to address the concerns of the community where land was concerned.  At that gathering, residents were informed that surveying of land would have been conducted in an identified area within the village, but that monies would need to be collected to cover the cost of the exercise.


William Salam, Chairman, Red Bank Village

“Our mandate when we started as a village council was that we have to follow certain procedures to help regulate the growth of the village and having the lot survey done was one way of regulating that growth because we explained to the people in that public meeting in October of last year that we can’t go and survey beyond that project’s area because then we would be leaving this area unsurveyed and that’s not good for the growth of the village because remember you need to send in expansion like lights, streets.  So all of that we took into account and we surveyed the area as was given to us by a Government of Belize permission to survey.  So when it comes to the village council doing their part, as far as I am concerned, we have been following everything to the letter of the law.  We didn’t do anything illegal.  When we realized that there were people already on the land, you know what we did?  We went out, we tried talking with all the people, majority came on board and we told them that this was already given to you by the previous chairman, look, we’re not taking it away from you, all we want though is that we need to collect money to pay the surveyor.  So majority of them agreed and they have been paying.  I can tell you that not everybody has cleared their bill but they have been paying.”

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