Kellman announces land deal

The cash-strapped National Housing Corporation (NHC) has agreed a land swapping deal with the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) as it seeks to expand Government’s housing programme.

Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman told Parliament Tuesday that under the arrangement the two state agencies would obtain from each other, land that is more suited to their purposes.

“We have . . . entered into an arrangement that we expect will soon go to Cabinet where we have been able to swap some land with the BADMC,” Kellman said as he led off debate on the vesting of about 63,829 square feet of Crown land in Station Hill, St Peter in the NHC for housing development.

“As you know, their [BADMC] mandate is about agriculture and [they] had some land that was not suitable for agriculture so it was agreed that they would swap so that you wouldn’t build houses on land that can produce food, and they gave us their grass land so that we can continue our housing programme,” he added without going into details even as he revealed that he was also examining the possibility of acquiring land in Cottage, St Lucy for both housing and farming.

The minister said the problems relating to housing would not go away anytime soon, and he promised to find “creative ways of solving the problems”.

He said he was especially proud of Government’s rent-to-own programme and the decision to make land available in several parishes at $5.00 per square foot as part of the administration’s scheme to help Barbadians own a piece of the rock.

With the NHC said to be in debt of over of half a billion dollars up to last year, Kellman cast some of the blame on the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) which was voted out of office nine years ago, saying the BLP had allowed the situation to deteriorate while it was in power.

He also made it clear that while his ministry was not fortunate enough to receive substantial subsidies under the current Democratic Labour Party Government, he was not prepared to simply sit and wait.

“We have had to pay our costs, but because the Ministry of Finance has to find money for the productive sector, I am not going to sit down and cry. I have been given a hand to play and I will play the hand.

“I must be prepared to [make] the sacrifice, but I must also be prepared to be creative and ensure that I find creative and honest ways to ensure that the Ministry of Housing and Lands can run, and it can create the necessary revenue,” he said.

Though not going into details on what the intended “sacrifices” might be, Kellman said there was a need for a wider discussion on housing solutions and the NHC.

11 Responses to Kellman announces land deal

  1. Mac10 June 14, 2017 at 3:23 am

    63,000 sq Ft for housing. But no declaration of how much land in return to grow food for the people who will live in these extra houses!

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  2. ihatethieves June 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Hear Kellie..”as you know blah blah blah..” Steupse.

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  3. Maria June 14, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Too little too late Rome wasn’t built in a day yet you are trying to get things that should have been taken care along time ago done within a year too late you got to go

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  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 14, 2017 at 8:32 am

    People like you mash up this country.

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  5. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett June 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

    This idiot continue to blame the previous administration, while you all were there 9 years…… Apart from sending home and suffering bajans,sending cost of living sky high,raping the treasury and Nis,mismanage our economy,while you and the other “Dems” live large at our expense….tell me what else Dems did for us?

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  6. hcalndre June 14, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Kellman, why is it that every issue that this government brings to the table must be kept so secretive with only your party really knows the real details, it makes no sense to bring a half pick duck and leaving the public in the dark.

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  7. Jea Alleyne June 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    @ hcalndre, it does to them because they hold all the cards, its about controlling the masses, once you are not in the know, how can you have a say in anything the Government does, we are just used to finance any project they come up with !!

    Stop the blame game, it is sooo old and boring, look forward not back. Nine years and the amount of taxes the people paid during that time could have solved some of the problems…. I would take a look at the Auditor General’s Report and notice that millions $$$ are unaccountable for when it could have gone into something for the benefit of the people not companies. Your time is up !!

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  8. Belfast June 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

    “I have been given a hand to play and I will play the hand” (Kellman)
    Then in recent speeches, we heard the PM ,himself using analogies taken from horse racing.
    What more proof do Bajans require to realise that this government is gambling away the future of Barbados.

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  9. Helicopter June 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    A multi storied complex built in the central to northern St.Phillip area rock spur, would be a future answer my dear good sir!

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  10. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Why you want more land to build more houses when de houses you all using as bate to catch a vote rotting out .and not only that you’ll are on your way out,and I don’t think the other party will be any different.

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  11. Ossie Moore June 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    But wait! “Itz Queen”! You mean to tell me de de Bus route spy stop de bus and sey “All out five in a seat”! Man dah sound like Martin’s Bay bus!

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