A 95-year-old woman, wife of a former oil worker, was presented with her 199-year lease agreement by Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Edmund Dillon, last week.
The agreement would allow Sylvia Branker to pass on the property she had occupied at Techier Village, Point Fortin since age 18 to future generations.
She was among 31 residents who are now holders of 199 year leases from the Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
The presentation of these leases, took place last week Tuesday at the Office of the Member of Parliament, who is also Dillon.
Most of the recipients were over the age of 70 years and unable to make the journey to the HDC’s head office to complete the process.
Dillon said, “This a defining moment for the residents of Techier Village, as the renewed 199 year leases can be passed on to future generations. Many of you have worked hard to contribute to the borough of Point Fortin and you are finally getting what is justifiably due to you.”
In the 1940s, Techier Village housed the junior employees who worked at the Shell refinery. At that time, the village fell under the remit of the Commissioner of State Lands and residents were initially granted a lease of Crown lands for 30 years, which had expired. In 2017, the housing community was handed over to the HDC who will now be responsible for renewing and updating their lease agreement.