Rock Hall Solid as a Rock

Posted as a comment by Artax to Successive Governments Turn Blind Eye to Squatters at Grantley Adams International Airport

What is the latest information on the squatters at Rock Hall?

Or, as is usual with certain issues in Barbados, after all the furor and condemnation, it seems as though people have forgotten about the “Rock Hall squatters” …………. and apparently the issue has become a “nine day wonder?”

I understand a few weeks ago, government officials visited Rock Hall, took certain information from some of the squatters, and offered to sell them land somewhere in St. George. I also heard the illegal non-nationals ran away when the officials arrived, but returned after they left to ask what occurred.

Has anything been done to regularize the status of those illegal non-nationals who have illegally occupied land at Rock Hall and built houses there?

Or, since they continue to break the law by residing in Barbados and occupying land illegally, will they be deported?

Has government begun to the disburse the $25,000 Mottley promised the squatters and will the illegal non-nationals be eligible to receive the money?

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  • Cheers Artax.

    Hopefully that is specific enough for the Blogmaster to grasp.

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  • As I mentioned, squatters can apply to BWA for water service.

    Is it true if they accumulate arrears, the land owner becomes LIABLE for the DEFAULT?

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  • “The notice further mentioned that the 13.12 hectares of land was the property of Balmoral Investments Ltd.

    Balmoral Investments is owned by the Bull family said to be resident in Canada “

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  • @Artax

    The reason they are squatting is because of poor financial circumstance. How would you have suggested government seal with the problem TODAY.

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  • @ David BU

    I thought I made my suggestion clear.

    Squatting is ILLEGAL and should not be condoned or encouraged.

    “Poor financial circumstances” should not be used as an excuse for people to break the law or give anyone the right to illegally occupy other people’s property.

    I’m in favour of removing ALL squatters and the undocumented non-nationals among them should be deported.

    There are other options government could consider, rather than REWARDING law breakers with $25,000 grants and free land.

    I’m sure you’re aware there are several unoccupied NHC units that could be repaired or refurbished and placed in a ‘rent to own’ program for qualifying squatters.

    Or, how about establishing a national revolving housing loan or mortgage fund; selling lots from the ‘land bank’ for $5 per sq.ft; or building ‘starter homes?’

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  • @Artax

    What about the squatters who have given birth to children while living in Barbados (squatting).

    What about the Barbadians who are squatting as well?

    What about the fact many of these people have no financial means to legally acquire property or rent?

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  • David BU

    RE: “What about the squatters who have given birth to children while living in Barbados (squatting).”

    Are you suggesting giving birth to children while living in Barbados entitle illegal immigrants to the same rights as Barbadians?

    RE: “What about the Barbadians who are squatting as well?”

    Did I not gave examples of options government could explore, rather than rewarding squatters with $25,000 grants and free land?

    RE: “What about the fact many of these people have no financial means to legally acquire property or rent?”

    Are you suggesting all the Barbadians and documented non-nationals living in Rock Hall “do not have no financial means to legally acquire property or rent,” especially when several of them expressed the view they are willing to purchase or rent the land they now occupy?

    @ David BU, perhaps you may want to explain how an undocumented non-national living here can qualify for the $25,000 grant or given access to land, especially if you take the amendment to the immigration act that was passed in 2008?

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  • @Artax

    We can agree to disagree.

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  • What about the squatters who have given birth to children while living in Barbados (squatting).

    What about the Barbadians who are squatting as well?

    What about the fact many of these people have no financial means to legally acquire property or rent?

    What about them?

    This conditional application of the law makes for a lawless society. You seen to be conflating the issues. Should the govt have mechanisms to assist the most vulnerable? Absolutely. But ‘poverty’ is no excuse to break the law.

    Too besides many of those squatters are not even poor by Bajan standards. Just lawless.

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  • Shades of a clueless lawless govt
    That is just an observation from me based on the many comments that are condemning govt policies for the squatters

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