Minister of Housing Denis Kellman has said that he will not be rushed into deciding on who occupies the Grotto high-rise apartment buildings on Culloden Road as the administration is looking for the most favourable solution.
Contributing to the 2015 Budget debate last night, Kellman spoke of a need to ensure that the correct social conditions were in place before allocation of those units to Barbadians.
“We will come to a conclusion on the Grotto in the fullest of time,” he told the House of Assembly.
Kellman said Government had to ensure that “when we allocate, that we do not create social problems for people”.
He added: “Under our Urban Renewal Policy, we have to be careful when we allocate to persons that we do not put additional pressure on those persons just because we want to look good and show off to say we have done this.”
The Minister went on: “We have to look at the social impact . . . we also have not only to look at the housing aspect but also the other social aspects on how it will impact the lives of the persons when you put them in a better house, and then you don’t have job creation and then you don’t reduce the impact of those social negatives that can occur within that particular area.
“We did not rush and go onto other solutions . . . we had to carefully ensure that we looked at the maximum returns and benefit.
“You can’t just give a man a house and don’t give him a job to service the house . . . . If you do not do that, you will continue to create social problems in the particular area.”