SEVENTY-SIX contributors to the National Housing Trust became landowners in the new Tredegar Park housing scheme in St. Catherine recently.
The Tredegar Park Housing Development is a joint venture project involving the NHT, the Jamaica Union of Public Officers and Public Employees (JUPOPE) and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), the state housing agency said in a release.
Following the apportioning of benefits to its joint venture partners, the NHT advertised 16 serviced lots for sale in January at a price of $600,000 each. A formal ceremony was held for Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to hand over ownership documents to the 16.
The ceremony followed the groundbreaking on another NHT development to provide Twickenham Park with 439 solutions, at a cost of $303 million - a joint venture between NHT, JCSA, and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions.
While addressing the recipients of the Tredegar Park lots, the Prime Minister acknowledged that like the Twickenham Park development Tredegar Park had its share of problems, due to illegal occupation of the land.
"While we cannot condone capturing, we have to do whatever is in our power to facilitate orderly settlement," said Mr. Patterson.
He said the guidelines he had requested from Government agencies for dealing with persons who settle informally on state property "would help to prevent squatting in the first instance and where it does occur, provide a means through which removal can be done in a way that does not result in a breach of the peace or the escalation of social tension," said an NHT release quoting the PM.