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LAMP pays nominal fees for landowners to get titles

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

At least 2,000 persons in four parishes who owe the Government nominal sums on their applications for land titles are being urged to collect their documents at the offices of the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).

On Wednesday, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill said LAMP was now in a position to assist these persons in completing their payments so that they can obtain their titles.

He said funding was now available to LAMP clients in St Catherine, St Elizabeth, Manchester, and Clarendon.

"I urge persons in those parishes to visit any of the LAMP locations in Manchester, St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, St Ann, and Kingston, or to contact the LAMP office at 16A Half-Way Tree Road, or call 633-7300 for more information," Pickersgill informed.

However, when The Gleaner called the number provided by the minister, we received a recording saying "the number you have dialled is not in service".

During this year, the National Land Agency is to prepare 300 duplicate certificates of title for a number of persons in land-settlement schemes.

Pickersgill said the Commissioner of Lands has thousands of titles for land-settlement schemes, where the allottees cannot be found or they have died, and their beneficiaries are not coming forward.

Meanwhile, LAMP is taking steps to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with General Alumina Jamaica, formerly Jamalco, in an effort to obtain titles for thousands of parcels of lands in Manchester and Clarendon on which persons were relocated after selling lands to the bauxite company.

At the same time, under a similar MOU signed in 2011 with Noranda Bauxite Company, LAMP is now seeking to produce titles for an initial 100 parcels of land in St Ann.

Pickersgill said many persons have not obtained a title for their property as receipt of this document is often tied to the landowner first delivering to the bauxite company a registered title for the land that was sold.