BPM: Barbuda’s Lands are not for sale

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The Lands of Barbuda are owned in Common by the People of Barbuda.

Barbuda’s Lands are not for sale

The Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM takes note of the last Cabinet report dated Wednesday 19 April 2023

and item 6 where it reports that: “The Cabinet held a discussion ona (sic) further amendment of the Barbuda Land (Amendment) Act (2018)”.

We wish to remind all that the Barbuda Local Government Act (1976) (BLGA) establishes the Barbuda


Section 3. (1) For the purposes of this Act there shall be established a Council for Barbuda which shall administer the system of local Government for the Island constituted by this Act.

The Council shall be a body corporate by the name of “the Barbuda Council” with perpetual succession and a common seal, and power to purchase, acquire, hold, mortgage and dispose of land and other property.
The island shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Council which is hereby invested with the powers set out in this Act.

The Barbuda Local Government Act is entrenched in the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda and can only be changed in the manner prescribed there. Specifically, only the people of Barbuda and its Council can make changes to the BLGA. The Council on behalf of the people of Barbuda will continue to manage the island of Barbuda under its communal land system. The lands of Barbuda are not for sale.

No amount of Cabinet statements, plans to amend, repeal or ignore laws will succeed in coercing the people of Barbuda to acquiesce to the central government administration’s attempts to impose non-sustainable and environmentally destructive development policies on Barbuda. Barbudans will continue to act in order to safeguard their grandchildren’s future.

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