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Clarendon Parish Council considers confiscating unattended private properties

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 10:44 PM
Mayor Scean Barnswell explained that if the property is not being cared for by the owner the council will be forced to take legal action after providing adequate notice.

Chairman of the Clarendon Parish Council, Mayor Scean Barnswell says the council will begin taking steps to confiscate private lands that are left unattended for an extended period of time.

He says properties that are not being maintained by owners have overtime become a hiding place for criminals, especially when they are covered in overgrown shrubbery.

Mayor Barnswell explained that if the property is not being cared for by the owner the council will be forced to take legal action after providing adequate notice.

The Mayor was addressing concerns of residents at the Race Track/New Denbigh Citizens Association community meeting Thursday evening.

The residents say they fear for their lives as they cannot afford to continue to take on the cost of clearing unoccupied lots in close proximity to their properties.

Councillor for the Denbigh Division, Joel Williams also took the opportunity to encourage the citizens to pay their property taxes so the council can afford to clean up some of the unoccupied properties and provide a safer environment for residents.