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Persons on Anegada who have applied for land rights may be granted their land titles as early as next month. This was announced during yesterday’s, March 12 sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA).
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, and District Nine Representative, Hon. Vincent Wheatley in his maiden speech to the House of Assembly stated, “It is hoped that as early as next month, April, we will begin granting land titles to the people of Anegada.”
Land ownership is an issue that was touted during the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP) campaign, and yesterday, Hon. Wheatley reminded that, “The issue of land titles for our people is of great importance to this government and we will move swiftly to address them.”
“We intend to commence touching the lives of people throughout the length and breadth of this Territory, from Anegada to Jost Van Dyke, by immediately finalizing the standing land issues and moving speedily on the creation of the land bank that we campaigned on,” the Minister stated.
Just last week, speaking with BVI Platinum News, Hon. Wheatley disclosed that moves were already being made to provide access to funding to cut new roads to get to the lands that will be allocated.
There are 85 titles to be awarded on Anegada and Virgin Gorda, collectively, he had shared.
He also went on record as saying, “Land ownership is a major, major issue and it’s one of the things I will be tackling…get people titles to their lands so that they can get loans, rebuild their homes and start businesses.”
He added, “A lot of folks may occupy land, but it doesn’t mean that they actually own the land."