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Clarendon Municipal Corporation taking action against people with overgrown lots

By Kimone Witter 

Owners of overgrown housing lots in Clarendon are facing prosecution and increased property taxes as the municipal corporation looks at solutions to the matter.

Winston Maragh, Chairman of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, said there are several housing lots in schemes and subdivisions with overgrowth, especially after recent heavy rains.

In an interview with Radio Jamaica News, Mr. Maragh said residents have raised concerns about the threat of rodents and criminals.

The Clarendon Municipal Corporation has served notices on the owners of the overgrown lots, and Mr. Maragh disclosed that if they do not respond, they will be taken to court for breaching the Public Health (Nuisance) Regulations. 

"We also have our Local Government Act that we can use as well to mandate them to have their properties cleaned. We also have that Act where we, as a municipal corporation, can have it cleaned and we post the charges to their property taxes," the chairman outlined as alternative options.