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The 11 households at Pickerings, St Lucy have been given written assurances that they need not worry about a major development planned for their area.Yesterday Member of Parliament for the area Denis Kellman delivered letters from the Ministry of Housing and Lands stating that that they were actively pursuing the transfer of titles to the 11 owners. The land is to be sold at $1.00 per square metre.Nearly a month ago Prime Minister David Thompson announced that Pickerings was now set to transform the St Lucy landscape. He told House of Assembly of plans for a massive housing development that will include1 161 residential units, a 200-unit hotel, private day-care, a primary school, recreational amenities, doctors’ offices, a health clinic, barber shops, a cinema at that location over the next nine years.A ground breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place at Pickerings tomorrow evening.Kellman told the WEEKEND NATION, that there was never a need for residents to worry.“I was surprised to hear the concern of residents, because there was never any dispute as to whether or not those living on the tenantry land would become the owners, but because of those concerns expressed, I felt it was necessary to give them some assurance,” he stated.According to Kellman, the land which belongs to O’Neal Investment Trust, and has been in their possession for the last 30 years, has already been surveyed, but had to be re-surveyed because of an encroachment.“The owners are prepared to let them have the land, there is no dispute to ownership, it is just a question of when, because most of those living on the tenantry land, are currently dealing with their lawyers,” he noted.When contacted yesterday, Chairman of Oneal Investment Trust, Robert O’Neale, confirmed that there was never a doubt that the tenants would be sold the land.“I don’t know why they were in doubt. They had letters of acknowledgment of paid rents, and some of their lawyers even responded. So there are legal processes going on between us already, because offers have been made for the land,” he noted.Addressing the new development, most of which is to be built on land previously owned by their company, O’Neal, said it would be “a fantastic development which should bring a new level of planning to multi-use development”. “It is great multi-use (commercial and residential together) development for Barbados. Unlike many of the communities, this one will have a school, parks, recreational facilities, commercial, low and high end housing, everything . . . so its a great project,” he stated.

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