During his visit to Abaco on July 20, Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett addressed concerns with the number of government homes in Spring City that are boarded up and unoccupied stating that he intends to have them occupied as quickly as possible to avoid any further “depreciation of the assets here in Abaco.”
“My concern continues to be that we have completed homes in Spring City and unfortunately my understanding is that we haven’t provided or facilitated the mortgages to enable people to occupy those homes,” he said.
Mr. Dorsett said he wanted to see firsthand those homes in Spring City that have been boarded up for some time and unoccupied to get a better explanation as to why they are in the state they are in and to come up with a strategy to ensure those homes are occupied as quickly as possible.
He said “I will liaise with the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) to see how quickly we can qualify Abaconians to occupy these homes.”
In addition to that he said that he wants to see an area earmarked for green space in the Spring City subdivision.
He said that typically the ministry of housing has not done as good a job as they should have in the past at maintaining green spaces; however, now that the Ministry of Housing has been fused with the Ministry of the Environment “I think we have an overriding obligation to see that green spaces are maintained in all of pour sub-divisions.”
During his visit he travelled to the sub-division projects in Crown Haven and Cooper’s Town as well as the area previously earmarked for a subdivision in Murphy Town.
He said that the Housing wants to make sure that whatever area they select where millions of dollars of infrastructure is put in has got the people to fill the homes when it is completed. He said this is necessary because, with the present economy in mind the government wants to spend money prudently.
“So where we are going to advance infrastructure I want to make sure that upon completing the infrastructure that there are people available who are not only interested by qualified to occupy the homes,” he said.
His visit to Abaco was also to formally introduce himself to the staff of the Department of Housing, BMC and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) in Abaco.
Mr. Dorsett visited the landfill to see its state firsthand will be back with the director for the DEHS to ensure that there is a proper assessment to find out whether or not the landfill has reached its maximum capacity.
He also noted that there are a large number of tires there and he will try to ascertain why they are there and what we are doing with them. “We have to make sure that our landfills are managed effectively and properly,” he said.