IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Govt rebuilding home at last
KATIE MAYNARD’S 17-year wait for Government to compensate her for using her land is over.
Two months after this newspaper highlighted her plight, the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW) has finally begun rebuilding her son’s house, which was demolished in 1998 to make way for the redevelopment of the road at Greenwich, St James.
At that time Maynard had given Government a significant portion of her land in order for the road to be widened.
The arrangement made with the MTW was that her son’s house would be rebuilt six months after the road was completed, but that never happened.
As the years passed, Maynard, a retired school teacher, wrote and visited the MTW but no one would take her on, she said. She then started to write other agencies, including the Ombudsman, but did not receive any positive responses.
All of that time her son Jaiye remained in a Government unit at Country Road, St Michael, where he was relocated by Government. However, he too had become extremely impatient since he had to travel back and forth to Greenwich every day to look after his farm.
However, after the NATION highlighted her story on March 25, a contractor turned up at her home and gave her the good news – that he would be rebuilding her son’s house.
“I am happy,” Maynard said as she stood outside her house watching the men at work next door. “Every evening my son comes here and he looks through the window at the work being done and he smiles.”
She had a slight scare when work was halted for three weeks after it got off the ground to deal with administrative matters, since so much time had passed. But Maynard was confident that the work would proceed now without any more setbacks.
However, she is also appealing to the MTW to restore the traffic mirror which was installed on the sidewalk opposite her home.
Maynard said it was removed last year by workmen at the Jerusalem depot after it was damaged, but she needed another one installed as a matter of urgency because she could no longer see vehicles coming down the winding road. (MB)