No land sales at peppercorn prices to politicians and those who can afford market prices under new UPP Administration

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REAL News: Under a UPP Administration, politicians and persons who can afford to pay will no longer be able to purchase government lands at peppercorn prices, promises Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP).

When the Baldwin Spencer Administration took office in 2004, it met this practice in place and changed it, Lovell says.

While it has been reinstated under the Gaston Browne Administration, the UPP will stop it once elected, the Political Leader says, and the land-distribution system will be reviewed.

Lovell says it is unfair that politicians who can afford to buy lands at the normal prices would seek discounts, while those who can barely afford it have to pay the full price.

Accordingly, he says, the UPP will make lands cheaper for lower-income earners.

Regarding those lands which have already been sold at peppercorn rates, Lovell says the transactions would have to be reviewed.  Antigua and Barbuda is a country of laws, he adds, and it must be determined that such agreements were entered into legally and were above board.

In some instances, Lovell notes, if the sale was based on a Cabinet decision it might be difficult to recover certain lands that were sold at cheap rates.

In order to determine what deals were legal and which were undertaken in bad faith, he says that an audit of the land transfers under the current administration would have to be carried out.

Lovell says the Party prefers a leasehold agreement rather than a freehold arrangement – or outright sale – when dealing with investors, and this is a policy it is willing to adopt

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  1. “who can afford”? No one should be allowed to buy government land (Antigua people land) at below market prices. Let these bums go find honest work to do. The only way these pigs can brag about their millions is the millions they theif from Antigua people.

  2. “When the Baldwin Spencer Administration took office in 2004, it met this practice in place and changed it, Lovell says”.

    Is this really true? Mr. Lovell has a phrase, “trust but verify”.

    How can you prove this to the public Mr. Lovell?

    Was a Cabinet Decision taken? If so, do you have a copy of the Cabinet Decision that you could share with the public?

    I am just trying to verify the veracity of your statement.

    • @ Audley Dave Joseph

      The point is: have you confronted your employer about the lands that he have huffed from the government for pepper-corn prices from Villa, to English Harbour, to Friars Hill Road, to Long Bay, Him and he son etc etc and on and on?
      That is more important. The present and not what should have been done.
      I hope the new government will find a way to restore the lands ‘taken’ back to the Antiguan public.
      FIND OUT FROM COLIN IF GASTON HAS CHANGED HIS NAME FROM LANNY BOZO?
      School children want to know?

      • To the best of my knowledge, I believe the under the U.P.P. Administration (through the Attorney General Mr. Justin Simon) the matter with lands in the English Harbour was taken before the Court. I would encourage you to seek out the judgment and see what the Court ruled.

        As per the name Lanny Bozo and if it was changed, give Collin a call. I am sure you can find out the numbers for the program that he is on (lol).

    • @ Audley Dave Joseph (a.k.a.)

      So could you tell the audience about the location of Pointe FM and the peppercorn price that the top dawg paid. By the way, I thought that location was for SHARE and the community outreach. Please clarify.

      • How would I be able to ‘tell the audience about the location of Pointe Fm………”?

        Was I involved in the transaction?

        Was I in Cabinet when the decision was made (whenever that decision was made)?

        This is how I can help you. Gaston spoke to this issue with Shelton Daniel on a PUBLIC CALL-IN PROGRAM on SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2019.

        On the same program, he spoke about the land his son purchased, the land swap for lands down Villa Area and the Bus Registration Transfer case involving some former U.P.P. Parliamentarians.

        I would suggest that you do a little research and listen the recording. He (Gaston) explained, in his own words, all as he knew it to be.

        I hope that I would have helped you.

  3. There will be no “new UPP Administration” for the foreseeable future.

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  4. Smh @ jarvis. Do u get to lick boots staying on the sunken upp ship?? SHERFIELD BOWEN USED A GUN AND BUSS SHAT INNA TESSA BARTHLEY R.I.P

    Hmmmmmm

  5. Is he also going to change the policy on free utilities for politicians? Is he also going to look at the generous pension package for public servants? The policy of living in ur own house and charging the government a waxtatious rent? If the will was there to change these things they would have been changed a long time ago.

    Suggestion: Either bring the pension plan for politicians in line with that of other public servants, or bring the pension plan of other public servants in line with politicians

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  7. Ok so Lovell why then did you give a so-called investor land at Valley Church Beach without him ever paying a dime for it. And when the government wanted it back, they had to pay him US$1M. Why did you give Bau Panell all that land at Crabs, five acres, just to put up a factory, and they didn’t pay a red cent for it? And it is this government that had to threaten them and take back most of the land. Why did you give the Trinidadian bank the title to hold a lien to our precious land in town to build a car park. So, in the end when the contractor failed the land got tied up in legal rumbling. And it is this government that had to pay Trinidad US$6M to get it back. Lovell is known to give away our land to so-called foreign investors, but he has a problem if any politician or, as he says, a person that can afford it gets land at ‘peppercorn prices? But he fails to understand that there are conditions for anyone buying land at those prices. It is only given to people for the purpose of development. Many Antiguans are holding land, large parcels of government lands for that purpose and fail to develop them. They are waiting for some fairy godfather to come and buy it from them for many millions of dollars. But the clause in the agreement prevents them from cashing in. So, they just sit and wait for the right government to come in and wave that part of the clause of the contract. And I mentioned the Willoughby Bay Development in the past already with my deceased friend Cyril Maundy.
    https://www.eccourts.org/alvin-g-edwards-et-al-v-willoughby-bay-beach-resort-limited-et-al/
    25 acres of beachfront land sold to the group by the then Lester Bird administration for EC$300K. And this was done for the purpose of giving local investors the opportunity to get into the hotel sector. I personally brought quite a few investors to the table, but as the saying goes, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Yes, you put in the land as equity, but if you do not have the cash to develop it, your land has no real market value. After it has been developed then and only then will the value of the land and surrounding lands increase. I was one of the first people to build where I now live. After I did build the value went up and the more people starting to build the value of the lands increased. I wonder how Lovell will determine who is qualified to buy government land at a low price. I guess you will have to be a UPP supporter to qualify. It shows you from the start that they will carry on the old victimization policy. Sad but true. They will divide the country again in goats and sheep. Victimization all over again.

  8. Dis nation need to make Gaston Browne and all the rest of them give back all the land dem they acquired as stated here. Every cent they got from selling need to go into our Treasury.

    All dem damn criminals we have in power need to be stripped of their power and jailed.

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