Under the Community Regularization & Development Programme, the SCJH officially issued ‘Certificates of Possession’ to residents of Hertford/Morass Lane, Westmoreland. The handing over ceremony was held on Friday, February 27, 2015. Approximately 800 families living in the community were granted the opportunity to start the process of obtaining land ownership. In this initial phase, 100 residents were provided with Certificates of Possession on lands owned by the SCJ Holdings Limited under the programme.
The Sugar Estates across Jamaica in particular Frome, Monymusk, Bernard Lodge, St. Thomas and Trelawny had provided their employees with housing in order to ensure that they were in close proximity to the farms, factories, and offices. The Community Regularization & Development Programme’s mandate will allow families of former sugar workers who had settled on sugar estate lands owned by SCJ Holdings Limited to become legitimate property owners. The residents living in estate houses or on lands will now be able to take up the responsibility of home/land ownership and community development. At the end of the programme, thriving communities post of the divestment of the sugar estates are expected.
SCJ Holdings Limited has always remained true to its Mission and Core Values which fundamentally guide the principle of ensuring that footprints in all communities lead to sustained, wholesome lifestyles, economic growth and social development. Through longstanding partnerships with agencies/associations such as HEART, NHT, LAMP, RGD and SDC, we have created a framework that will continue to transform emerging regularized and developed communities. These agencies along with other financial institutions and utility companies were on location to assist, inform and educate the citizenry on matters surrounding property ownership. Several high ranking government officials, local government leaders, agencies and corporate entities were in attendance for this momentous occasion.
Below are a few pictures taken at the Hertford/Morass Lane Community Regularization & Development Project handing over ceremony: