Sears: We will not tolerate unregulated construction

Public Works Minister Alfred Sears.

Public Works Minister Alfred Sears.


Tribune Staff Reporter


WORKS and Utilities Minister Alfred Sears has advised people who are contemplating building on land that does not belong to them to cease and desist because “we will not tolerate it”.

He said officials have a team from building control and also town planning who have visited Abaco and prepared a report on unregulated communities there. According to the minister, officials will be announcing “shortly” the measures that they will be taking.

Mr Sears gave these details on the sidelines of another event when the issue of unregulated communities and shanty towns was brought up.

“With respect to persons who are squatting on land, we are put together two working groups, there is one dealing with Crown land in New Providence and the Minister of National Security is heading an intimate ministerial group. The Ministry of Works when we were in Abaco, I could not help to observe that on some of the land, there were what appeared to be irregular buildings,” he said.

“We’ve had a team from building control, and also town planning to go into Abaco and they have prepared a report for us. And we will be announcing shortly the measures that we will be taking because we cannot allow anybody to be on land that you don’t have a right to be on and building without town planning, without building control, and without inspection before the issuance of an occupancy certificate.

“This is an important issue and (I am) asking today that anyone who was contemplating building on land that does not belong to you cease and desist because we will not tolerate it because we’re putting everybody at risk when building structures that are not in compliance with the building code.

“And it compromises the work that we’re doing in the ministry. Because we are now revising the building code. We are reviewing the planning and subdivision (laws). We are reviewing the Building Control Regulation Act so that we can better secure the Bahamian people in the built environment of our country.”

He also confirmed that officials will be assembling a task force because these “problems are multi-dimensional”.

“When you’re dealing with communities, they involve children, they involve public health, they also involve national security. So, of course, it would have to be a multi-dimensional response and task force.”

He noted that the task force will be made up of the various relevant government agencies whose jurisdictions are impacted by the problem.


sheeprunner12 2 months, 2 weeks ago

But, it was them who pushed the judicial review to stop Minnis dem from destroying the Abaco, NP etc shanty towns.

We're these shanty towns not unregulated?


mandela 2 months, 2 weeks ago

No, I believe it was Frank Smith and some other rights group, unregulated building, no-mater where, can not, should not be tolerated, point blank.


birdiestrachan 2 months, 2 weeks ago

No sheep runner try the fellow who is always suing the Bahamas for illegal immigration the drama king , no shanty towns where they live


SP 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Translation------"We will not tolerate unregulated construction by Bahamians!"

They tolerated it just fine by Haitians for 60 years!!


JokeyJack 2 months, 2 weeks ago

"the Building Control Regulation Act so that we can better secure the Bahamian people in the built environment of our country.”

Exactly, and that is the relevant quote. Bahamians, get ready for every single agency of government to now come around and give you finee. The fine money will be used to put fuel in the defense force boats so they can tow more sloops from Exuma to Nassau.


Dawes 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Every Government has said this since i was born and the problem has only gotten worse. This is just lip service for those who want a crackdown. nothing will happen.


JokeyJack 2 months, 2 weeks ago

This man gonna have so many task forces and committees, he gonna need to hire a librarian to keep them in order.

Meanwhile, the shanty towns will just keep on nailing and painting every single night.


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