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IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Road to home cut off

Maria Bradshaw

IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Road to home cut off

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A DISPUTE has arisen at Josey Hill, St Lucy, over access to residential homes.

Not only were residents caught off guard when loads of lumber were delivered to the area but also when they were placed in the path of a neighbour’s driveway, preventing him from accessing his home.

Then, according to residents, a woman turned up, identified herself as the landowner and proceeded to inform them that a pathway they had been using to get to their homes for decades was her property.

Legal advice

One of the affected residents, Joel Headley, whose parents once owned the property the woman is now claiming, was forced to cut and pave an adjoining road so that he could get to and from his home.

He explained that he was receiving legal advice on the matter. His neighbour, Wendy Clarke, said that from the time she was a child, Headley had been using the road for access.

“I could remember as a little girl, Joel was using that road and now the lady in the bottom is claiming that our houses don’t have a road.”

Clarke expressed fear that the access which she had been using all her life would also be blocked. She said that she was informed that a rocky, two-foot path next to her home, which could not accommodate vehicular traffic, was the road that she was supposed to be using.

Resident Leo Sobers said that he was informed that three houses and a fish farm would be placed on the land.

However, attorney Robert “Bobby” Clarke, who is representing the owner, said the residents had no legal rights to the property and that his client had no objection to them using the access road, “once they understand that the property belongs to my client”.

He explained that his client had bought the land about four years ago, from Headley’s relative, “and they have a copy of the documents too”.

The lumber delivered to Josey Hill was from the auctioned buildings at the former Bayshore complex on Bay Street in Bridgetown.

Clarke said the material was placed on the area where his client intended to erect the house and “it was not a matter of dumping stuff”.

“There are two roads that he used to use; one road is exactly on her land. We have no objection to him using it,” Clarke reiterated.