This Act makes provision for the regulation and control of land survey practices and for this purpose establishes the Land Surveyors' Board and appoints the Chief Surveyor. The Chief Surveyor shall also direct and control all public surveys and shall be the authority for the preparation and publication of the official maps of Montserrat. The Board shall, among other things, examine, license and register surveyors and may take disciplinary measures and hear disputes. The Act sets out rules for the conduct of surveys. Only licensed Surveyors may survey land.
Implemented by: Land Survey Regulations (Cap. 8.09). (2002-01-01)
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English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid-19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995.
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