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Anegada Admin Complex ‘unbecoming’ of a Gov’t facility- Dr Hubert O’Neal

- said he will be ‘pressing hard’ to have the facility cleaned up; Gov Duncan hopes to see proposal soon brought to Cabinet
The compound of the Anegada Administration Complex in The Settlement needs to be cleaned up and Ninth District Representative Dr The Hon Hubert O’Neal said something needs to be done about the situation. Photo: VINO
Ninth District Representative, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has said he will be lobbying his National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for funds to repair the Anegada Community Centre. Photo: VINO
Ninth District Representative, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has said he will be lobbying his National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for funds to repair the Anegada Community Centre. Photo: VINO
The Anegada Administration Complex in The Settlement. Photo: VINO
The Anegada Administration Complex in The Settlement. Photo: VINO
It was around October of 2016 that the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in The Settlement, Anegada was shut due to the poor state of the building. Photo: VINO/File
It was around October of 2016 that the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in The Settlement, Anegada was shut due to the poor state of the building. Photo: VINO/File
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- First term Representative of the Ninth District, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has said he will be “pressing hard” to have the Anegada Community Centre repaired and the compound of the Anegada Administration Complex in The Settlement cleaned up.

“I must comment though that this whole government facility here needs a little improvement. If you look around particularly to the eastern end you can see…and Public Works Department is largely responsible for this, but you see derelict vehicles, you see trash around the place,” Dr O’Neal pointed out while giving remarks at the Commissioning of the Anegada Rock Iguana Headstart Facility Visitor Centre on June 22, 2017.

The poor condition of the Anegada Administration Complex has been voiced many times before by residents and even in 2015 Territorial At Large Representative and Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Archibald C. Christian, had stated that he was on Anegada a few weeks before Standing Finance Committee sittings and received a list of concerns about telephone lines being down, office equipment not functioning, building material still on site and the site not properly cleaned.

In January of this year, this news site had also reported that it was around October of 2016 that the building housing the Emile E. Dunlop Community Centre in The Settlement, Anegada was shut due to the poor state of the building.

“It is not becoming for not just this Government facility but for the Anegada Rock Iguana Headstart Facility where we are going to be inviting visitors from around the world…and we need to do something about cleaning up this whole park here,” Dr O’Neal continued.

“I will be pressing hard”

According to the Representative, who has often been criticised for not doing enough in his district and not having the "reach" as a representative to get things done, said he was going to be “pressing hard to repair the Community Centre and I am going to be pressing as well to clean up this whole Government Complex and get it more attractive, more representative of what a Government facility should be.”

Earlier, during his remarks, Governor John S. Duncan OBE had said it was good to see the District Representative at the commissioning ceremony and encouraged Dr O’Neal to bring his proposal for the repair of the Anegada Community Centre to Cabinet.

“When I came three years ago there was much to be done on the island. I see that some of it has been done. There is still some to do, the Community Centre in particular, and I look forward to see some proposals on that coming to Cabinet before too long, particularly as we go towards the hurricane season,” Governor Duncan stated.

22 Responses to “Anegada Admin Complex ‘unbecoming’ of a Gov’t facility- Dr Hubert O’Neal”

  • Wow! (27/06/2017, 17:21) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    A picture sure says a 1000 words. Despicable!
  • fyah ras (27/06/2017, 17:24) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    But this man don't overs?? We don't need you. You're not welcome like he deaf man. You need to press to hold a seat! Watch it waste of time O'neal. Go away!!
  • Bout time! (27/06/2017, 17:27) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now, that's the spirit becoming of our district rep. Thanks Vino for lighting the fire under his backside. He has finally gotten the message. Fight for us or we will dust you out.
  • FYI (27/06/2017, 17:54) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    It was the NDP who left that building to ROT
  • SB (27/06/2017, 17:58) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    The governor sounds more like the representative than Burtie
  • Pride. (27/06/2017, 18:15) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    You need to do a lot of cleaning up in Anegada...
    Just drive down by Setting Point near the ferry dock ... And see all the junk there... No pride... Some people are untouchable.... What a shame .
  • Fed up in Anegada (27/06/2017, 19:58) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply

    The most of the few improvements in Anegada were done by the Tourist Board. Kudos to them. B>>>> you come to Anegada once in a blue moon and only visit with certain people. We want you GONE

  • LOL (27/06/2017, 21:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he won't just be pressing and will actually bring forth a meaningful proposal to remedy this!
  • E. Leonard (27/06/2017, 22:01) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI seems to have a have a culture of constructing facilities and running them to failure. Running facilities to failure end up costing more to repair than the cost that would have been invested in maintenance. Deferred maintenance is a clear case of pay me now or pay me later; it is a better choice to pay now. Owning a building comes with a stream of cost; there is a minimum cost of ownership. Further, ownership of building requires maintaining it. Timely preventive maintenance 1)extend useful life, 2)protect and preserve investment in the asset, 3)slow deterioration, 4)enhance productivity, 5)reduce operational cost, 6) extend time for replacement, 7)enhance service delivery, 8)reduce lifecycle cost, 9)boost employee morale........etc. Moreover, declining budget resources is often used as an excuse to condone deferred maintenance. Nevertheless, deferred maintenance comes at a high cost.
  • North Sound voters (27/06/2017, 22:18) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    replace Burtie
  • wet (27/06/2017, 22:33) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm not surprised by any of this. It's just more of the same nonsense from our "leaders" in Town
  • Jack B Nimble (28/06/2017, 06:29) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is a shame the mess that is in the "Administration Building" yard .Is this a reflection of this "NDP Administration" ? Both the Central Government and the Public Works Dept. should be ashamed .
  • 9th District Voter (28/06/2017, 08:46) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a long standing problem going on for decades. The Anegada Community Center
    is privately owned but used by Government for years, with very little from Government.
    Virgin Gorda is in the same situation. Government is not good at maintain facility that was
    given to them by others eg Sir Brier Cliff Hall.
  • lodger (28/06/2017, 09:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The sad thing is there are sites/sights like this all over the BVI, both government and private. There are large sections of the population who just dont care, others who moan and dont do anything, and others who are not in position to do anything. Like it or not it is a cultural thing, known in UK as NIMBY (not in my back yard), though unfortunately it often is in their own yard. Private citizens could start by cleaning up their own mess, and government need people with authority to clean up public areas. We live in hope, but it has been going on for so many years......
  • Sigh (28/06/2017, 09:59) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    what he doing to our poor anegada..
  • Stephen A Smith (28/06/2017, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOOK HOW THEY ARE DESTROYING MY NECK OF THE WOODS
  • @@@@@ (28/06/2017, 22:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    For anyone that voted for the NDP, I'm running out of sympathy. You got what you asked for in them
  • :( (28/06/2017, 23:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey Hey, Ho Ho, it is time for Burtie to walk the plank.


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