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A number of young people to get land– Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

- Gov’t to repossess unpaid land
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) is delighted at the fact that more young people were showing interest in acquiring land. Photo: GIS/File
According to Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), the land situation in the Virgin Islands is very ‘convoluted and requires an ardent amount of time to be sorted out.’ Photo: VINO
According to Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), the land situation in the Virgin Islands is very ‘convoluted and requires an ardent amount of time to be sorted out.’ Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A number of young persons are likely to become land owners, providing they can qualify at the bank, as the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government presses to keep its promise to the people.

It was also stated that land unpaid for as long as 15 years will be repossessed.

This was a welcomed revelation by Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) during the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on July 31, 2019.

The Minister also expressed delight at the fact that more young people were showing interest in acquiring land.

According to Hon Wheatley, his ministry continues to work with persons who are in receipt of official letters informing they have been awarded a piece of land by cabinet. “Again we apologise for any delay but I am assuring you we are doing everything possible to issue land titles,” said hon Wheatley.

Unpaid land to be given to other applicants

Based on Government’s policy to revoke lands that were not paid for, Hon Wheatley said Government is in the process of making those lands available to persons who were previously approved by Cabinet. He said while the general idea is to give as many persons as possible, especially young people, the opportunity to own their own land, “Priority will be given to those that are in a position to qualify at the bank for the loan to do so.”

“This decision was on the heel of a number of applications that cannot be satisfied at this time while at the same time there are persons who were awarded land and have made no attempt to pay for it and this goes back as far as fifteen years or more,” the Hon Minister told the territory.

He continued, “Mr Speaker, the Ministry has been dealing with some very complicated land issues some of which date back 40 years some 50 years. The land situation in this territory is very convoluted and requires an ardent amount of time to be sorted out.”

None-the-less, the VIP government says they are determined to help its people in having those matters sorted out while cognisant of the fact that it will get more complicated in the future if not addressed.

“These issues span the entire length and breadth of this territory and we are determined to assist as the people have nowhere else to turn to for solution to these vexing issues.”

According to Hon Wheatley, his Ministry has identified areas in the registered land ordinance that needs to be revised and this has led to the forming of a committee that has commenced working on the reviews.

7 Responses to “A number of young people to get land– Hon Vincent O. Wheatley”

  • Concerned (01/08/2019, 10:56) Like (30) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mr. Minister, I have a suggestion.
    This is a small territory. Why do we have these huge parcels of land for sale? Divide the land into smaller units and sell it. Cost less and more people benefit.
    Most times people end up buying 1/4 acre, 1/2 acre of land etc and most of it remains in bush. I see it all the time. It's a waste and we here complaining about scarcity of land.
    When you go to many other places with thousands of acres of land, people just own the plot their house is on plus a little extra for a lawn and garden.
    Again,why own a whole acre of land if most of it is going to waste?
    Sir, please meet with realtors and others and discuss the issue. Smaller plots, lower costs, more people benefit.
  • Hit the nail on the head (01/08/2019, 10:59) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Thank you!
  • Local (01/08/2019, 11:18) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I love my government.
  • A (01/08/2019, 14:17) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Land holders not Land owners. The queen owns the territory. Let's get it right.
  • Curious (02/08/2019, 02:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Which bank? Those persons on this pre-approved list do they already own several plots of land? Or would they be new land owners with the ability to repaid the bank? I hope there are other requirements to qualify than the ability to repaid the bank. If so what are they?
    • Faithful (02/08/2019, 10:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If they don't pay the bank, the bank takes the land. Simple mathematics
  • Hmmm (03/08/2019, 12:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing government serious about collecting
    There money but not serious about paying the people and company’s for there services rendered shame


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