Ministry may relocate Broadgate residents

November 18, 2016

Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie is exploring the possible relocation of residents from lands at Broadgate in St Mary, where 12-year-old student Raheem Davey was killed by a large boulder, which fell from the hillside above his home.

McKenzie said the perennial threat of land slippage whenever it rains, coupled with the slope of the hillside poses a serious danger for residents. He said he will be holding discussions with the St Mary Municipal Corporation to ascertain whether it has lands available to accommodate the 30 residents, including children. He said he will also look into the availability of State-owned lands. McKenzie said technical teams from the Ministry and partner agencies have been conducting soil assessments since the tragic incident. The entities include the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, the National Works Agency, and Mining and Geology Division.

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