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Clearing of mangroves underway in VG!

- despite concerns raised by some residents
The clearing of mangroves and the filling of a pond in Valley, Virgin Gorda has commenced despite concerns raised by some residents of the sister island over the destruction of the environment in the name of development. Photo: Team of Reporters
The area in Valley, Virgin Gorda being cleared of mangroves this morning, February 23, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
The area in Valley, Virgin Gorda being cleared of mangroves this morning, February 23, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
The concerned resident was not sure what the developers are going to do with the area they are trying to reclaim but said persons are of the strong view that the pond and mangroves should be preserved. 'They can build or whatever with the environment in mind.' Photo: Team of Reporters
The concerned resident was not sure what the developers are going to do with the area they are trying to reclaim but said persons are of the strong view that the pond and mangroves should be preserved. 'They can build or whatever with the environment in mind.' Photo: Team of Reporters
The area in Valley, Virgin Gorda being cleared of mangroves this morning, February 23, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
The area in Valley, Virgin Gorda being cleared of mangroves this morning, February 23, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The clearing of mangroves and the filling of a pond in Valley, Virgin Gorda have commenced despite concerns raised by some residents of the sister island over the destruction of the environment in the name of development.

Virgin Islands News Online had broken the news on February 5, 2016 that the mangroves were to be cleared and the pond, the last remaining in the area, was to be filled the following day. After our first and accurate story, however, the project was put on hold.

Concerned residents had declared they were prepared to stand in front of the backhoe in protest.

Virgin Islands News Online was, however, informed this morning February 23, 2016 that the mangroves were being cleared from a piece of land adjacent to Fisher’s Cove.

Caught off guard?

“Everyone is at work so I guess that was the strategy. Most persons work in Tortola,” said a disappointed resident of Virgin Gorda.

The resident also alleged that government officials had promised to meet with them on the issue but they never came. “Like I mentioned before, the neglect of Virgin Gorda is evident.”

What if it was Sir Branson?

One of the concerned persons also accused Government of not paying any serious attention to environmental issues once raised by locals.

“It is also my opinion if Richard Branson or Larry Page wanted to save them the government would jump on the opportunity to stop it. The local people do not matter to this government. They need to develop in harmony with the environment not destroy it,” The frustrated Virgin Gordian told Virgin Islands News Online.

Our newsroom spoke to Acting Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer Mr Kevin Penn who said Conservation and Fisheries Department (C&FD) and Town and Country Planning (TCP) both gave approval for the work to go ahead.

“We are monitoring it. We will have someone over there. We were there before trying to make sure that certain mangroves will be saved. We will not fill in all of the pond, some of it is going to remain,” Mr Penn said.

A concerned resident had told our newsroom on February 5, 2016 that they were not sure what the developers are going to do with the area they are trying to reclaim but said persons are of the strong view that the pond and mangroves should be preserved. “They can build or whatever with the environment in mind.”

The resident also argued that a lot of people have made mistakes in the past as it relates to the destruction of the environment in the name of development because they did not know better.

“But now that we know and the technology is there and the information is there do we destroy the last bit? There are birds that migrate to that pond every year. So it is much more than persons just saying we want to save the last pond. It is a lot more than that.”

See link to related story:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/vg-residents-protest-filling-in-of-pond-clearing-of-mangroves

28 Responses to “Clearing of mangroves underway in VG!”

  • weed (23/02/2016, 13:16) Like (42) Dislike (4) Reply
    tek dat ayo fools voted NDP so lie in you bed BAM
    • @ weed (23/02/2016, 14:10) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      my thoughts
    • @@@@@@ (23/02/2016, 17:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      100% right. You hit the nail right on target. Anyone can talk a good talk however, it is up to the person/persons to fall for it and believe everything that is said or promise. (Lol,SMH). To late folks it's a wrap.
    • the rock (23/02/2016, 22:33) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      the vip would of done the same damn thing!
    • Concerned (24/02/2016, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who is the developer??
  • wize up (23/02/2016, 13:19) Like (46) Dislike (0) Reply
    the leadership stands up in house of assembly says on thing then does something totally different: loads of talk fills the air during house of assembly about protecting the environment......
  • whattttt (23/02/2016, 13:44) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    so wait they clearing up the mangroves so what will protect the inland? the environment needs to be enhance not destroyed. lord send help on this country cause things not looking good at all.
  • Preserved (23/02/2016, 13:52) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mangroves needs to be preserved. Look at the beach in CGB, destruction of mangroves mean the destruction of beaches. An understudy needs to be conducted.
    • SMH101 (23/02/2016, 14:29) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't forget Brewers Bay, the coral reef is actually dying because of the filling of the pond. Everything run directly into the sea.
  • LMAOOOOOOOOO (23/02/2016, 14:15) Like (18) Dislike (28) Reply

    Since when locals give a sh*t about the environment? Look around Tortola and outer islands and see how many patches of seawater and mangroves being filled in just due to greed!

    • rastafari (23/02/2016, 14:59) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      @LMAOOOOOO Because you don't care means others don't? you sound like a joke and a foolish a$$. is people like who is down pressers. you just like the government stupid set of people who is greedy and has no shame.. fire burn your foolish a$$. VG people will stand for what's ours if you don"t stand for what"s right that"s your problem don't bring you foolish negative utterance round here.
    • wize up (23/02/2016, 15:04) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ LMAOOO: what's your point; there is a new generation up and coming that will fight for their BVI....
      • Really????? (24/02/2016, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Just talk and no action. People claim they were going to join a human chain and block the bulldozers. They never showed up. Lol, I guess they realize they would be calling someone that night to bail them out of jail. That land is bought and paid for. The owner can do what ever he/she pleases with it.
  • Another NDP Diaster (23/02/2016, 14:30) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply

    NO ONE from Conservation is there monitoring. We in trouble in the BVI

  • Let us not panic. (23/02/2016, 14:41) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Let us just sit back and see what is being done, maybe the owners of the land will clean around the pond nicely, and save more of the mangroves.
    If they are going to build around it, they might save that natural part of the pond and the mangroves.
    Just sit back and see.
  • Well (23/02/2016, 15:03) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hey if the locals who sold the land despite its importance to the environment then who are we to get upset. To prevent this happening legislate against the destruction of the ponds on environmental grounds!
  • ras (23/02/2016, 15:12) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    every day jah send forward the government shows that they don"t care bout us. let it been a white person who said no to the removal of the mangroves you would see how fast it would of stopped. we have no rights even thought we vote. when we talk is like what ever to the NDP. this Virgin Islands is gonna get a shake up soon. member the Ras say so watch and see.. im so sick and tired of this government dread. all they do is rob the poor and fool the fooliosh ones which the BVI is full of foolish people just like the NDP. JAH don"t sleep and he will send a wake up call this way. i hope i man ain't here for that.
  • .......... (23/02/2016, 15:57) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    If Mangroves were not destroyed there would be no Wickham's Cay 1 and Wickham's Cay 2. I am all for protecting the environment but you all need to take a chill pill. Most of you all don't even know where the land is located.... I am so tired of this line about "take that because you voted for NDP". VIP had a mandate to protect mangroves, ensure that nobody got fired, bring crime to a halt etc.? You all sound so stupid. Bunch of sorry losers. How about you all regroup and bring a squad that can actually win an election.... Right now you all in shambles. THERE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE.
    • wize up (23/02/2016, 21:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ ......... Great point as it relates to wickham's cay 1 & 2....these days in BVI if your laugh to hard you either NDP or VIP; the territory have really gotten poltical just after the introduction of the NDP party....but is guess that is the price for progress
  • ras (23/02/2016, 17:03) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the sea ready for its reclaim land I hope you foolish people can stop that too. You above there just as stupid as a horse tied to a chair in the open. They are there for a reason and the more you preserve nature the better it is for us. You all have no respect for nature then bawl when Disaster hits. Foolishness.
  • disappointed (23/02/2016, 20:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP could careless of what teh people want but Come 2019, we will all send a telling message to them that we will not be fooled this time around.
  • all out (24/02/2016, 00:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is hubert?
    • wize up (24/02/2016, 07:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ all out: ask Ralp for Hubert; that whole began long before hubert( truth be told Hubert not even there a year yet; how long did ralphie ruled VG??) someone had to grant permission for that project!!!!
  • VG (24/02/2016, 08:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was there a Town meeting to discuss whatever it is Speedy and Rose are planning there? Maybe law and order is a thing of the past thanks to david Johnson and the likes.
  • Hmmm (24/02/2016, 10:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They building a restaurant there.....
  • ZP (24/02/2016, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I had a dollar for everytime I hear NDP, I would be rich.
  • Buzz Bvi (24/02/2016, 20:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Those darn white folk foreigners keep coming and tearing up the mangroves. If all land were with BVIslanders this terrible destruction would not happen.
    • ;;;; (25/02/2016, 08:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Here we go again with the White man this and the White man that. You people sit like a lump of clay on a stump and do nothing about anything. All you do is complain. I am so sick of hearing the blame game. When it is not the NDP getting the blame it is the White man.Maybe if you all knew how to handle your business this would not happen. Stop complaining about the White man this and that. They are not the reason or to be blamed for you guys problem.


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