Barrymore Residents Have Days to Vacate Premises

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Tuesday 26th March, 2019-Approximately 30 residents occupying sections of the old Barrymore Hotel have five more days to evacuate the property or face eviction.

That position was made clear by Works Minister Lennox Weston during a recent tour of the Barrymore compound.

Scores of Barbudans were housed there following the destruction of the sister isle by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Since re-building of Barbuda began, many have moved out of the temporary housing, but some have chosen to remain, despite being served notice to vacate the premises. But Minister Lennox Weston is drawing the line, giving them until the end of March to make alternative arrangements.

Minister Weston revealed repair work was carried out on just about eleven buildings and they are awaiting the departure of the remaining tenants to continue refurbishing the property.

The works minister stated the government has played its part in providing for Barbudans during their difficult period, but added what has been allowed to go unchecked will not continue.

Last year, it was discovered that there were also several Antiguans that have occupied spaces in the old Barrymore Hotel for several years, living without any financial obligations.