This morning, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and City Councilor Philip Willoughby were on a walk-through tour of the Conch Shell Bay area north and east of Vernon Street.
It is one of the poorest areas of the City and there are several key concerns which Mayor Bradley says the Council will do its best to assist with.
“We are able to make a commitment for the reason that this area Conch Shell Bay in circles substantial and million dollar investment for the city and the central government has made over the last year. For example, I mentioned the East and West Collet Canal, it is right to our immediate left. We are doing upgrades along with Youth for the Future Boulevard, we are doing upgrades along the entire length of Vernon streets. So, our developments have encircled this area; it behooves us then not to ignore the area. We want to ensure is that we are affecting people. We are not building streets; we are trying to build communities. This is one of the most vibrant communities in our area and with councilor Willoughby really leading that charge, we can that the people get the necessary assistance. One of the things that we wanted to do is to impress upon the people that we are not only about talk, so that things are happening right now. We are doing education assistance right now, land filling has come as a result of donations that we have given to councilor Willoughby”.
The neighborhood is located in the Albert Division, where Councilor Willoughby wants to challenge incumbent Herman Longsworth. But he says it’s about more than that.
“For me, it is about the baby I have in my hands, it is about the future of the residents of the Conch Shell Bay area. You know, we go to the municipal elections early next year and yes, it is no secret that I have interest in contesting a convention hopefully, sometime on the near future to represent the good people of the Albert Constituency and I will do an excellent and great job in terms of represe4nting the people of Albert’s”.
Also on the tour were Commissioner of Lands and Surveys Wilbert Vallejos and Bishop of the Anglican Church Right Reverend Philip Wright. They along with the Hand in Hand Ministry are part of a group tending to the immediate needs of the area. One of those, says Commissioner Vallejos, is to correct the chaotic situation he says exists with regard to land ownership.
“Usually, when you are trying to do a development, there is a process that you follow. It seems that in this case it is a done deal, and so, you will have to work with what exists. So, you will have to work around development rather than trying to see where development can go through. So, what we are going to do; what the Lands Department’s basic role is offering technical assistance. Our planners are going to come next week and are going to pick up the building footprints and the coordinate structures that it exists in this area, prepare a layer of South Division as how it exists and then, we are going to provide that to the city council, calling meetings with all stakeholders and look at the plan and see if it can be properly adjusted accommodated on everybody’s situation”.