City council alarmed over increase in derelict buildings, empty lots
August 15, 2003
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The Mayor and City Council says it is alarmed at the increasing number of derelict buildings in different parts of the city, as well as the number of empty lots left unattended.
The M&CC is urging all owners of empty lots to keep them clean and free of bushes and overhanging “nuisances”.
In a press release, the M&CC said that over the last few months the City Engineer’s Department has demolished more than six derelict buildings in Georgetown, in keeping with the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01.
The Council also noted that the derelict structures are extremely dangerous to life and limb, and can provide seclusion for criminal elements.
According to the release, some of the unattended lots are owned by absentee landlords.
The release noted also that overhanging trees and bushes can be seen on these lots. In many cases, the trees are in close proximity to other buildings occupied by citizens who must expend money to keep the area clear and tidy. The M&CC added that many senior citizens and pensioners are among those being inconvenienced by such conditions.