Government to implement Sights and Services Program

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Government to implement Sights and Services Program
St. Lucia houses.
St. Lucia houses.

GIS – The Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal is working assiduously to implement the Sights and Services Program.

This initiative was announced by Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, in his 2014/2015 budget address. The program involves identifying lands island-wide for locals to purchase.

Sen. Hon. Stanley Felix, Minister for Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal, said the ministry is in the process of identifying suitable land options.

“What the government has done is to scout the entire country. First, we looked for and identified lands belonging to the crown; and where there aren’t crown lands suitable for building, we then identified private lands with a view to acquiring those lands for development, in order to make them available for the ordinary Saint Lucian.”

Saint Lucians will be able to purchase such lands below market cost, he said.

Minister Felix also made mention of other government projects aimed at providing affordable housing and lands.

“The Monchy project is almost ended. In the next month you should see persons being relocated and 22 houses being put up for sale. I must tell you that those 22 houses have been heavily over-subscribed,” he said.

“We also have the Bois D’Orange Project which has started. If you go over to Bois D’Orange, you will see heavy equipment, roads being cut, and lots of surveying and infrastructure works.”

It is expected that lots in Bois D’ Orange should be available for sale in the first quarter of 2015.

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  1. The correct description is sites and services not 'sights'. Cannot believe this is an official press release

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  2. SMALL ISLAND POLITICS = INEVITABLE CORRUPTION

    NEXT ELECTIONS SOON COME = PARTY CAMPAIGN $$$ HAVE TO START PILE UP

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  3. The question you should be asking is who is profiting the most primarily the contractors who are affiliated with the ruling party. That Housing project at Monchy Was overpriced .

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  4. Now that the foreigners are leaving and not purchasing land as before then u think about us!! Anyways thats good thinking at least now i can leave a something for my children!! MERCI!!

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  5. It is not the job of government to bribe voters with cheap land and houses. What about the re-sale? will the government get money back or do the homeowners pocket a fat profit?

    People need to learn to look after themselves rather than waiting on the government to do everything for them.

    Also the department of planning don't even monitor developments to ensure compliance with their own codes. More should be done on this.

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    • I agree with you on your latter statements: 100%
      Just a few moments ago some friends and were talking about thses problems and gov't focus should be more on as you said monitoring developments. How could Gov't do that without a national land use policy... As usual the cart before the horse.. different driver.
      2nd not holding up standards in the country can be easily seen in our attitudes of leaching and taking, and not seeing how best we can have and do for our country and by extension ourselves..

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    • It is the job of government to look out for the less fortunate in our society. That being said such programmes should be carefully implemented since they are a breeding ground for corruption.To just hand over people house and land without some minimum down payment or ensuring that they pay all monies due just makes them develop a dependency syndrome.

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