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Vox pop for Western Focus

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Trevor Craig
Orlando 'Salla' Knibb
Olivis Sewell
Anthony Bailey

Despite buying four multimillion-dollar properties for housing development in the parish, the National Housing Trust (NHT) has not constructed a housing scheme in Hanover for more than 30 years. As a resident of Hanover, how do you believe this has affected the parish?

Orlando Knibb, businessman

"Brain drain .... some of the brightest Hanoverians have to leave and go to other areas, where they uplift other parishes like Kingston. Also, even with the change in the NHT board, no one has come to Hanoverians to have dialogue about these four unused parcels of lands, which cost almost $1 billion. It is not fair."

Anthony Bailey, library assistant

"Many Hanoverians try to access NHT loans and are told that we do not meet the requirements, yet we have to be contributing. It is unfair that the NHT has bought land and has still failed to properly address the housing problem here. Many persons need houses and can't get any."

Trevor Craig, football coach

"It has affected Hanoverians drastically! Many persons have to leave and go to other parishes to get houses. This is helping to under-develop the parish because those who leave are now investing in businesses in the other parishes they move to instead of their own parish."

Olivia Sewell, firefighter

"A lot of people were looking at Point as the place where they would have their house. I can't believe these bright people (NHT) did not do their due diligence. I am a layman and I know that if you are going to make these investments, you would check with NEPA and those agencies to see if the land is suitable."