The issue on ownership of the Guadalupe Park on Aurora Street in Orange Walk East was put to rest on Monday, or so we thought. The matter continues to be of concern this time for the Orange Walk Town Council which is now trying to obtain the land under their control. The council met last Friday and passed a resolution to reclaim the land and thus return it to the people, according to Mayor Kevin Bernard. Now that the land has been reverted back to government, the council is looking at applying for it and according to the Mayor, they started that process today.

 

Screen_Shot_2014-01-29_at_8.09.59_PMKevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk Town 


“This afternoon we will be continuing that process in ensuring that we get that application.  I am also being encouraged by my family members to take out a petition drive for the residence to sign on behalf of the people of Orange Walk in support of the council in ensuring that that land is returned to the people of Orange Walk.  The only best way that that can go to, is by giving it, like I said it doesn’t have to be a title, it can go as a lease land to the municipality or it can be written their documents that it ought to be vested in the town council for and on behalf of the people of Orange Walk.”

 

In a press conference, during which the land was returned into public hands, it was announced that it was going to be placed under the management of the National Sports Council and the Orange Walk Town Council does not accept that. Mayor Bernard is inclusively asking interested persons and family members of the donor, Angel Castillo to lend their support.

 

Kevin Bernard- Mayor Oragne Walk Town 


“I would like to encourage them even if they like to write letters of confirmation, letter of support, to the municipality, to the council in order for us to back up as our case that people or Orange Walk, especially people of Orange Walk East who will benefit from this area and the people of Orange Walk Town on a whole, the issue is however is that we need to get this property back in the hands of the people of Orange Walk so that we can have a park and the council be prepared to work and ensure that we develop that park the way it should be.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Now there could be an argument, I mean we know how politics works in Belize and this action could be viewed on behalf of the town Hall, could be viewed as just political malice because it could be said well you wanted a land to be handed back to government and it is handed back to government’s hand so now why continue to stirring up problems, what would be your response to this?”


Kevin Bernard- Mayor Orange Walk Town 

 

"It is not about politics, it about principle, the individual late Mr. Castillo, gave that property when he made those subdivisions and made that reserve area for a park to the municipality, it was never in the hands of government of Belize. What I am reading is that the sole purpose of that is to have been a park and parks are manage by the municipalities, you have never heard where sport centre or a sport council manage a park so why then do we want to give it back to the ministry of sports when it should be designated for a park and that is what we are fighting for, so it is not about being malice or about anything.”


Mayor Bernard says they are planning to enter their application for the land by tomorrow and are already drafting a petition in support of that application for the members of the public to sign. That petition will also be entered to support their application at the Lands Department.

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