Ministry of Works to investigate structures on Andros

Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said he has plans to go to Andros personally to investigate complaints of illegal structures on the island.

“I understand that there are a number of structures in Andros,” he told reporters outside Cabinet.

“I am going to personally go to Andros and take a look at what’s happening, and my ministry is going to formulate a plan as to how to deal with them.

“We are going to be relentless in ensuring that where illegal structures exist, those illegal structures will be taken down.

“I think all of you are aware of the limitations we have within the Building Control Act. And, so, there are certain things that we have to do.”

Bannister’s comments came a week after he revealed that the government has given eviction notices in relation to over 50 structures recently erected on Abaco shantytowns.

He said they are planning to do the same on Andros, and noted that there is still more work to be done on Abaco.

“We have to renew some notices in Abaco and we are about to do that,” he said.

“Those notices are going to be renewed to ensure that if anybody takes action in the courts that we are going to be well within our rights to do it.

“So, notwithstanding the fact that someone may break the law, we still have to act within the law when we are seeking to get rid of those structures.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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