Kellman sees money signs

Minister of Housing Denis Kellman has suggested a way for the cashed-strapped Freundel Stuart Government to earn much needed revenue.

It is from the sale of land under Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act.

Speaking in Parliament today during debate on 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Kellman mooted the idea of Government providing more Barbadians with house spots, instead of using the island’s “scare resources” to provide complete housing solutions.

However, the minister of housing acknowledged that a shortage of land surveyors was affecting the purchase of land under the Act. Kellman also suggested that such transactions were not seen as lucrative to lawyers.

He therefore said his ministry was considering hiring a legal representative to carry forward the vision of Barbados’ Father of Independence and National Hero Errol Walton Barrow of “ensuring that the masses of people were empowered by owning land” — a vision which he said was subsequently implemented by the Barbados Labour Party’s leader Tom Adams and completed by the ruling Democratic Labour Party “because we understood what has to be done”.

The Act allows qualified tenants residing on non-plantation tenantries to purchase their lots if they had carried out substantial improvements such as “the construction in stone, brick and concrete, or a dwelling house and includes the construction of water-borne toilet facilities”.

The Act also makes provision for a Government subsidy to assist tenants with the purchase of their lots. Under Section 10 of the Act, Government pays the subsidy up to 5,000 square feet. The tenant pays the market price for the remainder of the land.

Kellman suggested it was time for the Act, which has already undergone numerous amendments, to be re-examined to ensure it was working in the interest of both tenants and landowners.

6 Responses to Kellman sees money signs

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    How many spots you buying….. ?

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm


  3. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 14, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Barbados’s Sara Palin ::: You can see crazy in their eyes

  4. David Eversley March 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I wonder if these politician do run their home in the same way they manage their ministries. They always talking about selling! selling! then when they get the money they spend it like little children and then have nothing to shoe for it and then find themselves in a worst position with nothing to fall back on.
    A pack of dumb wolves.
    I would of thought that they would least out or offer up shares depending on what is. But then again that would be another problem, because they do not like collecting they own money.

  5. BimJim March 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I think I hear an election coming… just around the corner… nuff noise, chest-beating and opinionated hot air bout de place… go inside, chrilren, y’all shouldn’t hear dis kinda nastiness…

  6. Charmaine March 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Yes we need to work on the houses that are stuck in the system because of the “shortage of land surveyors”. We also have owners of small pieces of land that would love to give/sell to the renters but the cost of sorting this out is long, expensive and the cost would be more that the selling price. The government is also sitting on lots of buildings that are falling down, when our NGO who work to help the needy could use a base of operation. We could even feed the poor in a humane way, not scotching at the side of the road and not in styrofoam. Rent some of these buildings for 30 -50 years and get them off your hands.
    Talking about housing how many of the government housing units are empty? Why are we not members of Habitat for Humanity ? They could help us bring some of the empty houses back to life.


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