HDC takes action on illegally built structures at Oropune Gardens

The Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has is­sued a state­ment on the ac­tion it took this morn­ing at Orop­une Gar­dens fol­low­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents about ris­ing crime in the area and oth­er il­lic­it ac­tiv­i­ties.

Be­low is the state­ment from the HDC:


Fol­low­ing a vis­it to Orop­une Gar­dens on Sat­ur­day, April 27, 2019, the HDC Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Brent Lyons and ex­ec­u­tives con­firmed the ex­is­tence of re­port­ed home­own­er in­frac­tions and breach­es in the com­mu­ni­ty.

Dur­ing that in­ter­face, the HDC team spoke di­rect­ly with the res­i­dents who are in breach of the home­own­er’s rules and ad­vised them to treat with the sit­u­a­tion be­fore the HDC has to re­sort to its fi­nal po­si­tion of de­mo­li­tion and/or evic­tion. Let­ters were al­so rou­tine­ly is­sued to many of the res­i­dents, re­it­er­at­ing the HDC’s po­si­tion.

To­day, af­ter en­sur­ing that due process was fol­lowed, the HDC’s Se­cu­ri­ty De­part­ment with sup­port from the TT Po­lice Ser­vice, went to Orop­une Gar­dens to be­gin the re­moval of il­le­gal struc­tures with­in the com­mu­ni­ty, be­gin­ning with a pop­u­lar hard­ware and “lim­ing spot”.

Over the past year, the HDC has ob­served and has been tak­ing note of the ma­jor breach­es made in this com­mu­ni­ty and there­fore wish­es to urge all those who are in breach and those who would have pre­vi­ous­ly re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from the HDC, to do the right thing and rem­e­dy the sit­u­a­tion be­fore the HDC takes fur­ther ac­tion.

The HDC con­tin­ues to un­der­score that the prob­lems fac­ing Orop­une Gar­dens re­quire a mul­ti-agency, mul­ti-pronged ap­proach to ar­rive at a res­o­lu­tion. We are com­mit­ted to treat­ing with all is­sues which fall un­der our re­mit and wel­come the co­op­er­a­tion of oth­er agen­cies to re­solve is­sues which are out­side of our re­mit and re­spon­si­bil­i­ty