Barbuda Councilman John Mussington is refuting claims that a
Cadastral survey was recently concluded on the sister-island.
This contradicts reports that the survey – similar to one that was
conducted in the early 1970s on Antigua – was completed a few
Mussington confirms that no such survey was undertaken in
Barbuda and so, he says, people need to stop spreading what he calls
He explains that a Cadastral survey is a multi-year detailed process.
It involves finding out whether every single plot of land on the
island is owned or not; who owns it, if so; and whether there are
several persons laying claim to ownership.
Then, he adds, there must be a process of hearings and adjudication
to determine rightful ownership.
Mussington notes that the Cadastral survey in the 1970s was
undertaken throughout all the Caribbean islands – that is, the
former British colonies – to straighten out the land system.
What is now taking place in Barbuda, the Councilman says, is that
persons are using lands to enrich themselves.
Meanwhile, the Browne Administration’s move to have Barbuda
lands form part of the Land Registry, thus becoming Crown
property, is not sitting well with Mussington.
He reiterates that Barbuda lands were never deemed to be owned
by the Crown, after having been purchased by the Government,
decades ago, on behalf of the people.