TILL NOW: The PM performs the symbolic ground-breaking at Hampton Court.
It's a multi-million dollar project set to change lives! Some 486 sugar workers currently living in barracks in Golden Grove, St. Catherine are set to become the proud owners of new lodgings, as on Thursday PM Portia Simpson-Miller broke ground for the construction of 225 houses at Hampton Court and Stokes Hall under the Barracks Relocation Project, which is being funded by the European Union to the tune of $308 million.
“This exercise today gives me hope that even within the limits of our fiscal constraints, and amid the current economic challenges, we can transform lives and provide meaningful service to our people,” Simpson-Miller said.
With the intent of building wholesome communities and removing the stigma associated with living in barracks, the Barracks Relocation Project was conceived to build decent houses and communities for the current and future generations of prospective occupants.
Under the new initiative, each recipient will get a Registered Title for a house on a lot in their name – at no charge, although they will be required to pay a small fee for the processing of the title to the Land Administration Management Programme (LAMP). Designs for the houses are complete and tenders for their construction will be invited within the next two weeks.