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Kingston Gleaner (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Kingston, Kingston www. jamaica- gleaner. com VOLUME 181 NO. 123 MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015 KINGSTON, JAMAICA 44 PAGES INCLUDING GCT $ 60 CLARENDON IS BLEEDING! LEFT. RIGHT. AND CENTRE. And we have found some solutions Look out for our special feature SOS CLARENDON on June 1. PHOTOS BY RICARDO MAKYN/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gloria Haye is an 86- year- old resident of Windsor Heights in St Catherine, where the residents were given six months to start making payments for the lots of land they occupy. A section of Windsor Heights in St Catherine. Daraine Luton Senior Staff Reporter O CCUPIERS OF 1,250 lots in Windsor Heights, St Catherine, now face eviction from the properties many of them have called home for years because of their failure to agree to a payment schedule in order to remain on the lands. The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, by way of a letter dated April 7, 2015, gave residents in the community until May 22, 2015, to either take up the offer to complete payments or complete documentation for the lots individually assigned to them. “ Once the May 22, 2015 date passes, an executive management decision will have to be taken on how to treat with the occupants who have not responded positively,” the ministry told The Gleaner . Windsor Heights, formerly known as Sufferers Heights, is situated on the outskirts of Spanish Town, St Catherine. The property, which is owned by the ministry, is approximately 280 acres comprising of approximately 1,500 lots. The lots are valued as low as $ 90,000 and as high as $ 2 million. The ministry said that 30 lots have been fully paid for; 350 lots have been partially paid for, and 900 have had no payments made on them. The ministry said a portion of the land has been captured by squatters who began to occupy the hilly section of the property in the late 1960s. “ Efforts were made to remove the informal settlers, but on each occasion, the area cleared was resettled,” the ministry said. It said further that during the mid- 1970s, the ministry took the decision not to remove the informal settlers, preferring instead to provide infrastructure and security of tenure. “ At about the same time, violence in the Corporate Area and the resettlement of approximately 200 families from Majesty Pen, Kingston, caused a significant increase in the number of persons migrating to and occupying the property,” the ministry said. In an emailed response to questions posed by The Gleaner , the ministry said that as part of efforts to regularise the occupants, an occupancy audit was undertaken in 1996. It said that despite the residents’ seeming desire to regularise their status, the ministry has Windsor Heights residents beg for time to regularise land ownership PLEASE SEE PAY , A3 The entrance to Windsor Heights in St Catherine, formerly known as Sufferer’s Heights. ‘ Sufferers’topay ANNOUNCEMENT Customers of and suppliers to The Gleaner Company may encounter challenges when trying to contact our North Street office by telephone. We assure you that every attempt is being made to restore regular telephone service in the shortest possible time. The Gleaner Company remains ready to serve you and reminds our advertisers that you may reach us at advertising@ gleanerjm. com , subscribers at subscriptions@ gleanerjm. com , and the newsroom at editorial@ gleanerjm. com . There will be no STAR today, Labour Day. Regular publication will resume tomorrow, May 26.

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