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Carrot Bay residents upset at not being able to develop properties

- Say proposed Carrot Bay Development Project hindering access to develop inheritance
Residents of Carrot Bay continue to voice their concerns surrounding the Carrot Bay Community Development Project (CBCDP) while suggesting that government should seek to purchase from land owners, the large section air-marked as the buffer zone. Photo: VINO
Town and Country Planning Department's Chief Planner Mr Gregory Adams revisited the Carrot Bay Community Development Project proposed by Government with residents last night November 19, 2013 at the Abraham Leonard Community Centre, Carrot Bay, Tortola, VI. Photo: VINO
Town and Country Planning Department's Chief Planner Mr Gregory Adams revisited the Carrot Bay Community Development Project proposed by Government with residents last night November 19, 2013 at the Abraham Leonard Community Centre, Carrot Bay, Tortola, VI. Photo: VINO
The preparation of the Carrot Bay Development Plan is in keeping with the Physical Planning Act to bring about orderly and coordinated physical development of Carrot Bay and its environs. Photo: VINO
The preparation of the Carrot Bay Development Plan is in keeping with the Physical Planning Act to bring about orderly and coordinated physical development of Carrot Bay and its environs. Photo: VINO
Permanent Secretary within the Premier's Office Ms Rosalie Adams was also present at the Carrot Bay Community Development Project discussion with residents. Photo: VINO
Permanent Secretary within the Premier's Office Ms Rosalie Adams was also present at the Carrot Bay Community Development Project discussion with residents. Photo: VINO
Residents turned out in their numbers at the Abraham Leonard Community Centre for the meeting. Photo: VINO
Residents turned out in their numbers at the Abraham Leonard Community Centre for the meeting. Photo: VINO
CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – Residents of Carrot Bay continue to voice their concerns surrounding the Carrot Bay Community Development Project (CBCDP) while suggesting that government should seek to purchase the large section air-marked as the buffer zone from land owners.

This and several other concerns were voiced at a community meeting held at the Abraham Leonard Community Centre in Carrot Bay last evening November 19, 2013. The hall of the community centre was filled with residents who were determined to hear what the government officials had to say on the CBCDP and at the same time voice their concerns on the topic.

Residents were also concerned about the fact that they were allegedly being deprived from freely developing their lands by government because of the pending CBCDP. “We done can’t get access to our lands up there, they got a big buffer area up there what they said they can’t develop, then why don’t the government buy the area and done because we who own the land up there the land is no good to us….. I got property up there and for me to get there I need a helicopter.”  

The meeting was called by the Town and Country Planning Department of the Virgin Islands and facilitated by Chief Planner Mr Gregory W. Adams. He was supported by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Premier Ms Rosalie Adams and Physical Planner II Mr Dyland J. Penn. According to Mr Adams, the meeting responded to instructions directly from Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith following the submission of a petition signed by a large number of land owners and concerned persons.

He explained that the project, though previously put to the community, was put on hold and was never sent to cabinet but had to be dusted off and brought back to the people as there were concerns.

Several vocal community members expressed the view that they were being deprived of their rights to develop their properties, that government should facilitate ways for persons to develop their inherited properties, address issues surrounding erosions, matters of sewerage, many matters surrounding the cutting and development of proposed access road and developmental works to the lower flat of the area.

While the government team tried as much to effectively respond to questions, they were not successful in doing so as for the greater part most of the questions were “out of their level”.

Ms Adams re-enforced Mr Adams’ position that the meeting was primarily to seek suggestions from the community members as to what adjustments they needed to be done to the proposed plan consequent of the petition that was submitted.

Those present insisted that there needed to be additional meetings to properly and effectively ventilate the concerns surrounding the proposed project. They also expressed the view that the project is very ambitious and may take many years to get off the ground if it ever does.

They were assured that further consultative meeting will be forthcoming.

According to the Town and Country Planning Department, the preparation of the Carrot Bay Development Plan is in keeping with the Physical Planning Act to bring about orderly and coordinated physical development of Carrot Bay and its environs; to conserve community resources; to guide the pattern, intensity and timing of the use of land; and to promote the health, safety, economic well-being and general welfare of the people in the community.

The purpose of the meeting last evening was to update residents on the findings of the draft plan and report for the Carrot Bay Community Development Plan 2010 – 2020 and policy decisions regarding land subdivisions.

17 Responses to “Carrot Bay residents upset at not being able to develop properties”

  • . (20/11/2013, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how many more meetings they going to keep buddy?
  • qc (20/11/2013, 10:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP always putting teh cart before th horse
  • Ah saw (20/11/2013, 10:17) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Once it's locals involved the NDP always finds how to kill such development opportunities.
  • Heya (20/11/2013, 11:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am I missing something?? Leave Carrot Bay alone please. Its a peaceful, close knit community.
  • Gecko (20/11/2013, 11:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is such a complicated issue. traditionally, owners have been able to subdivide for family use, but I suspect that some is being subdivided for outside development which carries other regulations- height, engineering, sewage, cutting into the hill, taking of farm land etc. If the population is growing, more building has to be done. However, Mr. Adams also pointed out the need to protect the environment as much of the forest is "virgin" and this area is known for deep soil for farming. Not everyone is interested in farming- so why can't those who are rent the land developers don't have accesss to so at least some income is gotten?

    Unfortunately, it is no longer the way it was way back when. there are other pressures on a community and territory to do smart growth protecting historic preservation and environment. Not everyone can just do what they want anymore. they are part of something bigger.
  • Strupes (20/11/2013, 11:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Leave Carrot Bay the way it is! It is the last remaining village in Tortola that at least has a hint of what our culture used to be!!!
    • What? (20/11/2013, 13:11) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

      It's your rep who started this mess with the area filled in where the village is held yearly so HUSH.

      • Strupes (21/11/2013, 09:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        My point exactly so you HUSH! Land reclamation is always causes a problem and where they already filled in is an eye soar from the view at Bananakeet! BTW I live in the 2nd not the 1st!
  • ta ta (20/11/2013, 11:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    mother and son
  • bay yute (20/11/2013, 14:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    why this gang always trying to force things down every body mouth?
  • Mel (20/11/2013, 15:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I see you uncle Selly and Pagu......
  • goat water (20/11/2013, 18:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy oboy number one you guys are opening pandoras box family lands look problem number two nearly 20 guts in carrot bay what a real mess number 3 sage mountain send help lord this is trouble i done talk who vex vex
  • Newtown Man (20/11/2013, 20:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government is systematically and covertly becoming communists. Why are the people of the First District targeted for such inequitable and intrusive government policies?
  • Plzz, leave CB alone... (21/11/2013, 13:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes, there are those in the CB community pushing for this mess to occur and come to pass in a very silent way. They are the ones not showing up at the meetings (whenever held) and if they show up are sitting very quiet indeed and sometimes playing the role that they "agree" with what's being said to get others on board. Like the Hustler on the street with his side kick playing the game "one card Marley".... Sad to see that some things can't just remain the same when it comes to "if it's not broken why fix it" way to looking at this situation. They can help fix the play ground area (there is no place for the children of that village to play) and focus on making sure there is a proper cement walkway over the gut area up by Sappy's Bar (left side, close to the pink apt building) and also work on giving the fishermen a proper place to clean and prepare the catch of the day for selling to all those who come to buy. Stop trying to rough handle folks into giving up their land etc. and so what if folks rather not come home to deal with all your "quick get rich schemes...please leave Carrot Bay along.....in a few years you all will be making room for drugs drop points, etc. to take place......open your third eye and refocused your thoughts....people in the CB please DO NOT allow this mess to happen....your children will pay the price and what was once held in high standard (only real village untouched and still display Culture) will soon be gone........Stand firm and remember if you water your grass it can get just as Green as your neighbors....all the best and I hope the CBCDP group respect the your choices....who are the folks in this committee??? I sure would like to know who they really are....feel free to share that info....
  • island girl (21/11/2013, 13:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    There's lots that of other things can be done to support CB and the folks living in that village. There is a nice place in CB , as a child I was introduced to it and now I can no longer go there...it's called " the Capitol"...that's where folks use to go and wash clothes in fresh spring water and even take a nice bath. Why not clean the trail that once was out so folks like myself (nature lover) can enjoy with my children and grandchildren. You guys here trying to buck folks out of what is rightfully theirs handed down to them by their parents, grandparent etc. (sweats and worked those grounds)..come on CB people don't settle and stop selling out on each other...Columbus did not discover America, he was lost and the kind Indians helped him along his way...and then he stole their land then claimed he found it......so don't let what happen back then repeat itself....take off those rose colored shades and see the CBCDP Committee for what they really are....you don't have to sell, work as a team and keep your village cleaned. Cut the bushes back from the roadways ( up Apple Bay hill ) along with the help from your District Rep. it can be the best kept village in Tortola....that's what their job is to assist when needed...you elected them so make them work for the cause...all the best and continue to stand united and not divided....!!


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