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Negril squatters removed

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Negril squatters removed

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WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – Illegal structures belonging to over 30 people were demolished in Negril, Westmoreland yesterday by an enforcement team led by the National Land Agency (NLA) and supported by the police.
During the demolition exercise, which commenced from as early as 3:30 a.m., and lasted throughout the day, structures made of board, zinc and other material belonging to people either living or operating a business along the bank of the Negril South River were removed.
Linval McPherson, a fresh fruit vendor said that he has been living in the morass area near the river for over 11 years. He added that he was the one who originally cleared the area and “dumped it up”.
The distraught 50-odd-year-old McPherson showed what he said was his life’s work destroyed – a small gas burner, a sleeping sponge, pots and other household materials packed to one side –and questioned where he would now find somewhere to sleep.
McPherson also insisted that the people were not given notice of the demolition.
However, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jonathan Boyd who said he and his team was on hand to provide protection the NLA personnel, told OBSERVER ONLINE that people in the area were served with notices over a year ago.
A representative of the NLA declined to speak with the media. (Observer)