City Council to reclaim leased lands in arrears

The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is advising all those individuals who have leased and other facilities from the council to ensure that they settle their accounts for those leases with the City Treasury.

According to a press release from M&CC, a look at the register of leases revealed that many individuals who are occupying Council’s lands have not paid fees for many years, while others are using those portions for purposes other than the purpose for which they were leased. In other cases, some reserves are occupied by stray animals and persons who have encountered difficulties. The Council has issued a deadline of July 6, 2017, for the accounts of all leases to be settled.

According to the Council’s media bulletin, the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, if rents or lease fees are owed to the council for any such lands for two months and beyond the Town Clerk must take possession of those lands and any crops or provisions thereon should be sold, the rent or fees or extracted and the surplus returned to the disposed.

According to the statement, the Council is contemplating a new approach that will allow the Administration to rent instead of lease lands that are within its custody for economic and related activities, which will garner much needed revenue.

City Council’s representatives have started to visit various areas to verify those individuals occupying council’s reserves and the purpose to which they have put such areas, the release concluded.

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