Residents of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara have expressed their frustration with some officials at the Ministry of Housing, whom they noted have failed to effectively respond to their dilemma as it relates to the construction of a house on the main access road in the community.
On Monday, some of the residents met with officials from the Central Planning and Housing Authority, who had promised to look into the matter by sending officers to the area to assess the situation, but as of yesterday, the residents reported that no one has thus far visited the area, and numerous calls made to the Ministry by the residents in order to find out the facts of the matter proved futile.
Residents of the area, and one of the representatives of the community, Polson Henry, noted that villagers are becoming ‘fed up’ with the situation, because two more shacks have been constructed on the road in the area.
He explained to this newspaper that some of the residents are now contemplating dismantling the structures, but he has since discouraged them from doing that since it would only serve to make them the ‘accused’.
According to Henry, villagers are of the view that there is something ‘fishy’ going on with the officials from the Housing Ministry, as it is strange for the officials to promise to visit the area, and until now, that has not been done. And despite the numerous calls made to the Ministry, the officials have not taken or returned any of the telephone calls to the residents.
Henry noted that the only reason the residents are so concerned about the structures being built on the main access road is because it would block the passageway that school children utilise to make their way home.
They are now planning to make another visit to the Ministry tomorrow and if they are not given satisfaction, then they will take the matter up to the Housing Minister.
The villagers had told this newspaper that for the past 13 years, they have been maintaining the road by asking for donations from a number of businesses so that children from the day care, nursery and primary schools can use the road to go home.
As it is currently, an individual has already constructed a shack on the road, and residents noted that they are trying to stop the man before he constructs a bigger structure, which they noted, he is planning on doing.
It was explained that if the road is blocked, then it would be very difficult for the children to find their way home, since most parents leave their children at the day care and at school, and then go off to work, while the kids find their way home after school by themselves.
Residents had noted that they first started to observe that something was amiss when the man begun to remove the boards from the bridge so that he could construct his home.
When they confronted the individual about the construction of the house on the main access road, he had indicated to them that he received permission from the Housing Ministry.
However, when residents met with the Housing Ministry officials on Monday, they had noted that no such permission was granted to the individual, as the road has been officially designated the main access road in the community.
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