The Barbados Labour Party sold 365 units to Barbadians in “good economic times” while the Democratic Labour Party gave away 3885 in tough economic times.
This assertion came from Minister of Housing Denis Kellman as he was speaking at a Democratic Labour Party meeting in Orange Hill, St James. He gave an account of the housing stock including newly-constructed NHC houses as well as previous units which were given to people who occupied them for 20 years or more.
He listed some of the places conveyances were handed out : “We gave you 30 houses at Bagatelle; 85 at Bayville; 18 in Belleplaine; 106 at Bennets; 5 at Cave Hill; 51 at Church Village; 6 at Colleton in St John; 320 at Deacons Farm; 351 at Eden Lodge; 7 in Farm Garden; 154 at Fernihurst; 148 at Gall Hill; 3 at Gemswick; 234 at Grazettes; 323 at Haynesville; 64 in The Ivy; 68 at Kensington Lodge; 60 in Lammings; 59 in Maynards; 818 in the Pinelands; 70 at Pleasant Hall; 34 at Pondside; 69 at Rosemont; 42 at Sayes Court; 240 at Silver Hill; 36 at St Stephens; 459 at Wildey and 120 at Wotton”.
The St Lucy MP said the DLP administration gave those houses to tenants in order to empower them.
“Can you imagine any other Government giving away 3885 houses in a crisis? And they want you to believe that you should dump us for them? Who sold you 365 units. We are a caring Government. We said instead of offering you them for sale that we would give you them free. We have given those houses free to you the people of Barbados because we care. There are not board houses there are stone. We know what that means to you. You can take the conveyance walk into a bank and tell the banker to use this as collateral,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile he claimed that if re-elected the DLP has plans of developing the NHC-owned land just above the school meals service in Lancaster. He disclosed his vision for the area which would be home to a shopping complex and other commercial entities. (IMC)