PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL LESSEES OF CROWN LAND

Notice is hereby given to all those persons who hold a lease over Crown Land.

Please take notice that all those persons who hold a lease over crown land, whether that lease has expired or not, has an obligation to honour the conditions of that lease. In that regard, please be advised of the following:

  1. You must ensure that the lease you hold is up to date and is in good standing.
  1. You must ensure that you pay the land rent due and payable on the lease.
  1. If you are not in beneficial occupation of the parcel and your lease has expired, the Crown Land Unit will take steps to recover the land, unless you indicate that you wish to renew the lease or would like to purchase and / or acquire the Freehold Title over the land.
  1. For those persons in occupation of leasehold properties, you must take action, either to renew your lease or to purchase the Freehold Title over the land.
  1. If any lessee, whether you are in occupation of the land or not, fails to take action to renew the title over the land and/or fail to make the required land rent payments, steps will be taken by the Crown Land Unit to repossess the land on the basis that you have failed to satisfy the conditions under which the land was leased to you.
  1. Furthermore, please take notice that you have 28 days in which to respond to this notice. If you fail to do so within the prescribed time, we will have no other alternative but to serve you with individual notices indicating the repossession of the Crown Land you held under leasehold title.

Please, therefore, consider this as an official notice of our intention to repossess all Crown Land currently held under leasehold title, in which the lessee has defaulted in the payment of land rent (and / or mesne profits) due and payable, or he / she has failed to renew or bring the title up-to-date.

GOVERNMENT INCREASES WATER PRODUCTION ON GRAND TURK

The water plant in Grand Turk at present is producing 218,000 gallons per day, as announced by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning today, Thursday, 11 June 2015.

The Ministry was responding to incorrect claims that the island’s reverse osmosis plant was not working.

“We are experiencing extremely high demand for water on Grand Turk at this time, which is compounded by the unseasonably dry weather which has not replenished the island’s domestic water cisterns,’ said Susan Malcolm, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.

“So although our plant is operational, the high demand has reduced the pressure within the distribution network which unfortunately means that there is no pipe delivery of water to the North Ridge area.

We are prioritising the delivery of 10,000 gallons a day to the hospital whose RO plant is current undergoing repairs and we hope will be back on stream in the next few weeks.

“Additionally to try and resolve this matter, we have bought an additional motor to boost daily water production to 240,000 gallons. This is scheduled to arrive in two weeks’ time.

“Further, we have asked for $250,000 from the contingency fund to repair the old reverse osmosis plant, which could be used to augment water production and supply.

“Finally, I would like to confirm that the new reverse osmosis plant for Salt Cay has been delivered, installed, tested and now waiting to be commissioned for water production.”

WATERLOO PART OF TURKS AND CAICOS LIVING HISTORY SAYS GOVERNOR

The 200th anniversary of one of the most important and historic buildings in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is being celebrated on, Monday, 15 June 2015.

His Excellency the Governor’s official residence in the capital Grand Turk was named Waterloo after the famous battle fought in 1815.  

The anniversary was marked by a reception hosted by the Governor at the house on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s official birthday.

“Waterloo is an important, historic and living piece of the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Governor Peter Beckingham.

“At a time when there is a growing appreciation of TCI culture for residents and visitors alike, Waterloo must be recognised as one of the most significant buildings in the Caribbean, given its age, and its key role at the heart of the Islands’ political development.

“The Islands are very fortunate that this historic building has been so well cared for, and has survived fires, termites, remodelling work and hurricanes in 1866, 1926, 1945 and 2008.”

In recognition of the anniversary, Governor Beckingham has published a commemorative booklet about the property, including a forward by local historian Dr Carlton Mills who said, “The significant role that this property has played in the Turks and Caicos since 1815 must be captured and shared as an important part of the Islands’ heritage and legacy.”

Historical, cultural and political highlights of Waterloo include:

  • The Waterloo residence was built in 1815, and named after the Napoleonic battle of June 18, 1815. It was built in the style of a Bermudan home, with just one wing and, in the style of the time, an open air kitchen. 
  • In 1857 the local owner of Waterloo, James Misick, sold the property to the British Government for £1,046. The British had been looking for a more secluded property for their ‘King’s Agent’ or Crown representative in the TCI, known as the President.
  • In 1874, on the request of the people of TCI, the Islands became a dependency of Jamaica. With this change in constitutional status Britain was no longer represented by a President but by a Commissioner, who reported to the Governor-General in Jamaica, and lived in Waterloo. 
  • By the 1940s the Commissioner, Edwin Arrowsmith, found the house in poor repair; finding it, “covered with old cloth backed paper which was dilapidated and housed multitudes of cockroaches”. He begun some modernisation, which was continued by a number of his successors. 
  • After Jamaica became independent in 1963, the TCI became a Dependency of the United Kingdom, and responsibility fell to the Governor General of the Bahamas, who nominated Administrators to represent British interests, who continued to live in Waterloo. 
  • Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra have all visited Waterloo. 
  • In 1973 after Bahamian independence, the TCI chose to retain its British Dependent status and the Islands welcomed its first Governor. 
  • In 1975 members of the Junkanoo Club marched on Waterloo to demand social, economic and political reform. They held a sleep out on the lawn and remained there until their demands were met. Their protest secured a new Constitution and the start of TCI Ministerial Government in 1976. The first Chief Minister was the Right Honourable James Alexander George Smith, or ‘JAGS’, McCartney.
  • Renovations and improvements to Waterloo were commissioned in 1993, to restore as far as possible the original features, including the windows and the property’s unusual guttering. 
  • In 1999 a nine-hole golf course was created in the grounds, and despite damage in the 2008 hurricane, it is still used by local players who encounter tough greens and unusual fairways!
  • Today Waterloo is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in the UK Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands, His Excellency the Governor. The house is regularly used for meetings with the Premier, the official opposition, overseas investors, church leaders and  community groups, and school children regularly tour the building and property.