Millet Infant School entrance blocked in apparent row with land owner

The entrance to the Millet Infant School has been blocked in what is believed to be the latest saga in a long running dispute with the land owner.

It is not the first time that the entrance to the institution has been blocked.

The school has occupied private land for the past forty years, the Times has been reliably informed.

But frequent problems over the payment of rental for the land have arisen from time to time, it is reported.

The school is a Catholic institution and the church is responsible for paying the land rental, an official told the Times.

The Saint Lucia government, through the Ministry of Planning, is in the process of acquiring the land, according to sources, who have said that a valuation is expected to be done next year.

“The agreement is that the church will continue paying the land rental until the property is acquired by the government, ” a well informed source said.

An Education Ministry official told the Times that the Ministry was not aware of any recent dispute over land payments.

However a report has been requested from the Catholic Church on the matter.

The report is expected to be presented to the Ministry of Education tomorrow.

Some one hundred children attend the Millet Primary school and there are concerns that there could be problems for their attendance when school reopens next month.

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