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30-years visitor and landowner has point-of-view on land restrictive covenants

30-years visitor and landowner has point-of-view on land restrictive covenants

Message to Governor, Premier, Montserrat Reporter etc.

I have visited Montserrat every year since 1987, except 1997, and have owned property in Olveston since 1989, and for me, the main challenge for tourism in Montserrat is still the residential villas which Montserratians have always had good experience to manage.

Montserrat will never be competitive with the neighbouring islands for the tourism industry because they do not have the same infrastructures, beaches, etc.

To allow restrictive covenants to be broken or the non-respect of the island’s rules regarding special residential areas means degradation of these areas and speeds the snow birds to leave. Lands in the residential areas are more expensive than the normal lands in the island because of the protective restrictive  covenants.

I personally think that the Montserrat Government should think very carefully about this, otherwise the attraction of the island (the residential properties which are very lucrative for Montserrat and provide a lot of employment and commerce) will be adversely affected.

This is my point of view!

Alan Luzy

4 Responses to “30-years visitor and landowner has point-of-view on land restrictive covenants”

  1. nigel Kelly says:

    the elitist idea that the expat home owners are very lucrative to the island and this is the main attraction limits the success of the private sector and stuns any progress of the island.

    Expats who they only spend 3 months on island can not speak for the majority who do want more services and business.

    Since the volcano crisis it is unrealistic that the covenants could or should remain when the island is struggling to become self sufficient. We need to look at the good of the island not what is best for a few who visit a few months a yr.

  2. sln says:

    This is from a person who spends 3 months on montserrat and was not here for the last season. Who feels that montserration’s should only work for him and he does not join the local community at all.

    who is a hypocrite and often frequents business in the residential covenant areas of his choosing

    he feels the “neighbourhood has really gone down” since locals have moved into the neighbourhood. he only stays within the expat community and feels superior to the local people of montserrat…. should not be the voice for the residential property owners

  3. robin says:

    i find this very offensive that a person who only visits montserrat feels they have so much influence or power that they can try to hold back the recovery of montserrat.

    Montserrat is in dire need of a private sector and services for tourism and the local community. with the volcano destroyed the island town and capital business owners have no other option but to try to do business where ever they can.

    tourism is a low impact on the residential areas with added restaurants, guesthouse and services for tourist and the people of montserrat. it is not industrial, it blend into the landscape

    the covenants form 1960’s are out dated and stale, they need to be revised with the retrospect of the volcano crisis in order for the island to recover.

  4. sharmaine says:

    “the main challenge for tourism in Montserrat is still the residential villas”

    i do not understand his argument?

    the main challenge for tourism is the lack of accommodations and services for the tourist. we can be competitive if we support the private sector to create and build services for tourist.

    i disagree with the statement that this “means degradation of these areas and speeds the snow birds to leave” what he is protesting is the opening of a spa and relaxation lounge. i know many of the snow birds love the idea of a spa and relaxation lounge and ask me when are we opening. plus a spa is a low impact business.

    there are already many business running in the covenant area so he is protesting: watermelon cottage, attic, olveston house, bruce, luv’s, ziggy’s and erindale and the other guesthouses in the area.

    FROM THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE
    Policy TE4 – Guesthouses
    Guesthouses play a crucial role in providing tourist and business accommodation in Montserrat and will continue to do so. The maintenance of existing and establishment of new guesthouses is to be encouraged across the island.

    7.10 Woodlands and Olveston Local Area Plan 7.10.1 The Development Area and Existing Conditions

    Land Use and Social Infrastructure

    Existing land use is illustrated in Figure 7.16. The majority of land is occupied by residential units and undeveloped lots. Today these villas are owned by a mixture of Montserratians and expatriates. These residences make an important contribution to Montserrat’s economy. Villa construction, upgrades and maintenance employ a wide range of people. Many villas are also rented to tourists, providing an attractive high-end destination for holiday makers. Resident and vacation villa occupants support local supermarkets and other outlets. There are also several other land uses in the area including offices, St Augustine’s school, a pre-school nursery,

    ***several guesthouses, and three restaurants.***

    Land use is restricted by covenants that property owners sign as part of the terms of their property deeds. These restrict the size and type of building permitted on residential subdivisions, set out guidelines on how a property should be kept looking visually attractive and also restrict commercial activity on these properties.

    ***Existing commercial enterprises have generally been accepted as they add value to a community.***

    General Strategy
    It is expected that the existing residential land use will continue to grow during the plan period to 2022. The Beachettes area is seen as a unique asset to Montserrat.

    ****Applications for appropriate commercial activities such as guesthouses will be reviewed on a case by case basis and considered favourably when they add social and community value to the residential community. (See Policy H3)****!!!!

    if http://www.milesawayresort.com is not allowed to follow through with approved plans from planning then the goverment will be forced to close all business in the covenant beachetts.

    you can’t close down one and keep the others.

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Message to Governor, Premier, Montserrat Reporter etc.

I have visited Montserrat every year since 1987, except 1997, and have owned property in Olveston since 1989, and for me, the main challenge for tourism in Montserrat is still the residential villas which Montserratians have always had good experience to manage.

Montserrat will never be competitive with the neighbouring islands for the tourism industry because they do not have the same infrastructures, beaches, etc.

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To allow restrictive covenants to be broken or the non-respect of the island’s rules regarding special residential areas means degradation of these areas and speeds the snow birds to leave. Lands in the residential areas are more expensive than the normal lands in the island because of the protective restrictive  covenants.

I personally think that the Montserrat Government should think very carefully about this, otherwise the attraction of the island (the residential properties which are very lucrative for Montserrat and provide a lot of employment and commerce) will be adversely affected.

This is my point of view!

Alan Luzy