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Jul 7, 2020

A Peaceful End to the Hilltop Property Dispute

The Public Service Union saga on the Hilltop property has come to a peaceful conclusion. In what was to have been a case management in a counter-claim made by Simplex Design Limited, the parties amicably settled all matters with no cost for either parties. Today, attorneys for the Public Service Union, the Belmopan City Council and Simplex Design Limited went to court for a case management before Chief Justice Michelle Arana, but all parties were able to come to a resolution that will see the P.S.U. remain at their Belmopan headquarters until the end of August. Back in May, the Public Service Union and the Belmopan City Council reached a settlement in the form of another piece of property following mediation. Attorney for Simplex Design, Estevan Perrera briefed the media about what transpired.

 

Estevan Perrera

Estevan Perrera, Attorney, Simplex Design Limited

“As you would recall on the last occasion, we were before another judge and we had applied to strike out the claim that was against Simplex. There was a claim at that time and the judge had agreed and that claim was struck out. In response, we filed a claim against the PSU and that matter was being brought up today for case management. Fortunately, all the parties were able to meet up and agree. The matter was settled amicably by all parties. What we can say is that our clients remain with the property and that they had also agreed to allow the PSU to remain on the property up until August thirty-first of this year, at which time the PSU will vacate the property.”

 

Reporter

“This is a good end to the entire thing not only because of how it looked in the public – and it didn’t really have anything to do with your cline but more with the two parties?”

 

Estevan Perrera

“Correct. We are happy that it is settled. I think all parties are happy with the outcome at the end of the day.”

 

Reporter

“Your client proceeds to construct or any idea on what’s going to happen there?”

 

Estevan Perrera

“Well, now that the matter is settled and he remains with his title, I believe he is now looking at all options available to him on what he will do on the property and where he will take it from there.”

 

Attorney Magali Perdomo represented the Belmopan City Council, while attorney Stacey Castillo represented the P.S.U.


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