The government has started clearing lands in various areas around St. Kitts that have been earmarked for sale to citizens for residential development. The Observer visited the Dewars location this week where heavy equipment have begun clearing large tracts of land and plots have been already marked out. Cabinet in June announced the intended distribution of more than 500 lots of land ranging from 4,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet in several areas. On Monday during a “Face to Face’town hall meeting, Prime Minister and Minister of Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas said his government is continuing to build on its surpassed track record of turning the people of the federation into home and land owners. “Some 3000 families have benefitted from our sustained efforts in this area thus far and this simple fact has enormous power to forever to redirect the life chances of the families involved because they are now owners of real estate, owners of assets, owners of collateral and in a modern economy collateral make all the difference.”He pointed out some of the areas where the lands would be made available. “We have a number of new sites for development which at the moment are being sold to our people. We have residential lands at Ottleys slope; two different sets of lands in the Dewars area- the lower point of Dewars, Buckleys and we also have some on the higher slopes called Crescent Heights; in the Ogees area; in Parsons; in Dieppe Bay; in the White House Area in St. Peters; and also in Farms.”The June post Cabinet press release informed of the number of lots in each location. “Lodge Slopes, 100 lots ranging in size from 4,000 to 6,000 sq ft; Lower Hermitage Extension – 128 lots ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.; Crescent Hill Development – 41 lots with an average size of 15,000 sq ft; Farms Meadows Housing Development – 106 lots ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 sq ft and Dewars Estate Residences – 136 lots ranging from 6,000 to 9,000 sq ft in size,”it informed. Dr. Douglas assured that despite the 1200 acres of land that was swapped for debt, there was still land available for agriculture as well as for the construction of homes. “Let me say that throughout the island as well the Ministry of Agriculture has access to agricultural lands and from time to time the Ministry of Sustainable Development, on the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, will release more lands to the people of this country for agricultural development,”he pledged.