Owners notified of compulsory acquisition of land to complete roadworks

The owners of land along Friars Hill Road and Sir George Walter Highway have been informed, by way of written notices that sections of their property could be acquired to facilitate the government’s road infrastructure rehabilitation project.

The notices had been posted on properties for perusal by the affected landowners, a release said on Friday.

“The power to acquire land is eminent and allows the government to acquire private property for public purposes such as road rehabilitation with a plan to provide consideration and compensation to the property owners,” a release from the PRO of the Project Implementation Unit (PIMU) – Shawn Thomas – said yesterday.

The process of informing property owners is being managed by the Project Implementation Unit (PIMU) with assistance from the Authorizing Officer. The

posting of notices on vacant land is a requirement

under the Land Acquisition Act caption 233 of the

laws of Antigua and Barbuda, the communique added.

Both major roads are being rehabilitated through grant funding from the British Government in the amount of 13.9 million pounds sterling.

To date “a vast majority of widening works have been completed [on] both roads and plans are afoot to commence removal of the existing carriageway,” the release said.