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3 weeks later, still no Anegada runway lights

Since the Hurricanes of September 2017, the runway lights on the Captain Auguste George Airport were out of service and not restored. Photo: File/Team of Reporters
In the December 12, 2018 Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) article, BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) Operations Manager, Mr Coy W. Levons, told our newsroom then, that parts for the lights have been ordered and “could be here by next week.” Photo: BVIAA
In the December 12, 2018 Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) article, BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) Operations Manager, Mr Coy W. Levons, told our newsroom then, that parts for the lights have been ordered and “could be here by next week.” Photo: BVIAA
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI – In the first week of December 2018, our newsroom did an article where the residents of Anegada had raised concerns that since the Hurricanes of September 2017, the runway lights on the Captain Auguste George Airport were out of service and not restored.

It meant that during medical or other emergencies, the life of residents continue to be at risk, as there is no air evacuation available after sundown.

Promises made not kept

In the December 12, 2018, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) article, BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) Operations Manager, Mr Coy W. Levons, told our newsroom then, that parts for the lights have been ordered and “could be here by next week.”

Three weeks later a check today, January 1, 2019, confirmed that nothing has been done in restoring the runway lights and the life and death situation for residents remain the same.

When contacted, Denniston S. Fraser, the BVI Airports Authority Managing Director and Mr Levons were not immediately available to respond to our newsroom inquiries. 

5 Responses to “3 weeks later, still no Anegada runway lights”

  • Ndp 1 (01/01/2019, 17:26) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Election time soon they will be installed
  • Call ASSI (01/01/2019, 20:41) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    People need to start holding the regulators at fault to, ASSI is being paid by our tax payers and ASSI only regulates what they want. If the Community have a problem with it... let them call ASSI in England and see how fast Levons and Fraser fix it.
  • staff (02/01/2019, 04:50) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    That Frazer man needs to go he is brain dead
  • Political Observer (PO) (02/01/2019, 17:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lights have been out since September 2017; that is over 365 days ago. This situation is simply a life or death issue. In medical emergencies, minutes matter; it can be the difference between life or death. Anegada, though remote and sparsely populated, is the second large island in the VI island chain. Its citizens deserve the same access to and level of medical service as residents on Tortola, the largest in the island chain. They deserve the same opportunity to survive a medical emergency as residents on Tortola. The slow as molasses action so far can be interpreted as lack of care about the health and personal well-being of Anegada residents. Procuring and installing runway lights is not rocket science. Enough already. Fix the damn lights. It would be a shame if someone were to pass because he/she could not get to Peebles in a reasonable time. Who will take responsibility for that travesty. Family on Anegada stay strong, stay hopeful and keep the pressure on despite your small numbers. What does the Dr Hon H. O’Neal, (D-9} and Junior Minister of Tourism has to say about this grave situation?


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