Raymond: T&T in danger of repeating housing mistakes

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© Guardian Media Ltd. Photo by Shirley Bahadur
© 2014, Guardian Media Ltd. Photo by Shirley Bahadur

The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian published an interview with Afra Raymond in the 25 August 2014 edition of the newspaper.

Recent reports that the HDC housing waiting list has reached 200,000 have thrown up questions about strategies for land usage, housing design and urban planning in T&T. In our series on housing, JOSHUA SURTEES speaks to architects, planners and surveyors to find out if there is enough land available, whether everybody on the list can get a place to live and what kind of accommodation makes best use of space while providing comfortable, functional living that complements people’s lifestyles. Part four features AFRA RAYMOND, president of the Joint Consultative Council, MD of Raymond & Pierre Ltd chartered surveyors and an expert on land usage issues, procurement and housing.

Regarding the state of houses that people are currently living in, what is the extent to which there are people who should be rehoused immediately because their dwellings are unfit to inhabit? 

That sort of housing-condition survey is not something on which we have very accurate or timely information. We ought to have that information and the lack of it, on a national basis, gives rise to sober questions about the 200,000 waiting list…

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2 thoughts on “Raymond: T&T in danger of repeating housing mistakes

  1. After 4 years only last month IBI got final approval for phase 1 of 52 unit project. Las Lomas

    Now we have to fight squatters in the court.October 16th 2014. Jokers

  2. EBC figure would be the population 18 years and over, wouldn’t it? Agreed though that the HDC waiting list must include people who have moved on to become homeowners on their own or who have moved out of the income bracket to qualify for assisted housing.

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