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'Don't expect miracles!’ - Hon Turnbull tells constituents

- told residents of the Second District that issues must be prioritised & dealt with one at a time
Second District Representative Honourable Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull gave it to residents straight when he told them not expect miracles from him to solve all their problems at once as it will be a team effort from all parties. Photo: VINO
Hon Turnbull addressing the residents. Photo: VINO
Hon Turnbull addressing the residents. Photo: VINO
Part of the gathering last evening. Photo: VINO
Part of the gathering last evening. Photo: VINO
More of the crowd at the community meeting in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
More of the crowd at the community meeting in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
Persons listening attentively to what Hon Turnbull had to say. Photo: VINO
Persons listening attentively to what Hon Turnbull had to say. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering was present at the meeting. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering was present at the meeting. Photo: VINO
One of the residents of the district who spoke up - Clyde Hodge. Photo: VINO
One of the residents of the district who spoke up - Clyde Hodge. Photo: VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- Second District Representative Honourable Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull gave it to residents straight when he told them not to expect miracles from him to solve all their problems at once as it will be a team effort from all parties. Hon Turnbull was speaking at the Cane Garden Bay Community Centre last evening, September 24, 2015.

"We have to prioritise... what affects the district overall. That's the only way we are going to get anything done. I don't want to be outing fires. There are some situations that will pop up that we must address but we have been dealing with things for far too long that we must address," he said.

"We have to say these are the priority issues we are going to deal with. As we address one we move it off the list and we address another," he told the gathering.

"If we are thinking that it is going to happen where everybody just wants to get their issue fixed it is not going to happen. We have to be working together. The business community, the professional community, the young community, our churches... The entire Second District working together. The worst thing we could do is to sit and complain and complain and complain and nobody moves," he said.

Get aboard the train

"My responsibility is to move and I need us all on the train because we are moving forward," he said. "I am willing to do my part to ensure the District goes from where it is to where it needs to be."

Some of the issues raised by residents were the state of the district in terms of its beautification needs, landscaping, public toilets in Cane Garden Bay, derelict vehicles along the road, the need for air conditioning in schools and some others.

Honourable Turnbull made a commitment to address those issues within the shortest time practicable.

Open door policy

He told residents that he has an open door policy and that they were free to visit his office or call him with their concerns. He said establishing permanent offices, at least one on Tortola and one on Jost van Dyke is something he is working on.

“I am in the process of trying to get two district offices – one in the Tortola area and the other on Jost van Dyke,” he said. He also gave the residents his Government assigned cell number.

No meeting in 10 years

One man from the district, Clyde Hodge said, “Everything will seem like a priority because we haven’t had a district meeting in 10 years.”

“The last District Representative [J. Alvin Christopher] did not have a meeting with us. So we can’t now expect ‘Mitch’ to do everything [at once],” said Hodge.

20 Responses to “'Don't expect miracles!’ - Hon Turnbull tells constituents”

  • political snitch (25/09/2015, 15:20) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Collected 3 paychecks and kept 3 meetings, wow!
  • para (25/09/2015, 15:21) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    is a darm krook
    • cgb (25/09/2015, 17:24) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      I clicked liked in error. The truth won't change because its the truth. When last the past rep had a meeting in the bay? Mitch won, get over it.
    • cgb (25/09/2015, 19:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Keep refreshing all you want.......we voted Mitch.
  • pep (25/09/2015, 15:23) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply

    Ain't Alvin who built the same community centre they were in chatting sh*te?

    • lisa (25/09/2015, 17:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      And so what?? Who the hell cares?? Whats your point???? It was built. I'm sure not by Christopher's own hands either since you want to get specific. It's serving its purpose now and for many other district reps and community members to come. So was the hospital. So was the admin complex. So was the sports complex. Done build. Done using. Get over it and move on.
  • ???? (25/09/2015, 15:26) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    What about the gambling and smoking in the parking lot next to myetts????
    • taco (26/09/2015, 08:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Po po know and are blind to it! What about dem using the park for a car wash business on weekends? What about using government electric and water our taxes pay for? What about the terrible state of the restrooms? Time to get new management! What about all the make shift venders and garbage in the tourist board park. Disgrace! No ordinances, no laws, no po po! Shame on you peeps! That won't take a miracle to fix. Tourist Season is coming soon. Make this a priority Mitch. Make us proud of our community man! Fix the park and get rid of all the illegal venders on gov. property & beach serving drinks and food with no health codes. Get rid of all the ugly vender stands and stacks of chairs everywhere. Get back the beach to be one of the best eva!
  • .......... (25/09/2015, 15:49) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    He will be a one terma
  • Voter Too (25/09/2015, 16:23) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sa only God works miracles but you can make transformations in lives, individuals, homes,communities. What I have realized about you politicians always want us to work miracles on election day so that you all can win and soon after that we cease to exit as it is now you turn to return a good favour you all ain't remember us from up a gum tree. But time will tell
  • lmao (25/09/2015, 17:20) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    There is a blogger with a real hard on for Mitch, they really crack me up with the negativity every time there is a story about Mitch. He was a rookie candidate that took the political process by storm with his powerful campaigning. He is a man with a record of helping the youth and has hit the pavement running as an elected official. Mitch, don't mind the haters bro, keep working for the people that put you there because in the end that's all that counts. Let the salty people go look for some popcorn to flavor!
  • foxy (25/09/2015, 18:39) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ndp must go
  • Well Sah (26/09/2015, 00:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch didn't mention one word about the NHI.... well sah!
    • Actually (26/09/2015, 12:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      He actually did. Spent a considerable amount of time explaining it.
  • me (26/09/2015, 08:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    He should have told the people there would be no miracles before he was elected rather than critizing the former representive while campaigning.
  • wize up (26/09/2015, 11:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    one thing, a number of persons in our territory like living in the past as to who build this and who build that: government is a continuous process & far more than poltical leadership or any given poltical party... one-people-one-destiny
  • pep (26/09/2015, 17:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    BUT HE EXPECTED MIRACLES FROM ALVIN WHO WAS OUT OF POWER?
  • donde (26/09/2015, 19:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is Hon.H.Oneal?
  • ausar (26/09/2015, 22:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's with all the haters?

    In an election "battle", the game of life is won by inches-you have to a little smarter and a little faster. Mitch was, and he won!
  • Complaints (27/09/2015, 09:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    People sit down in the 2nd District, complain and criticize. The last rep did nothing, the current rrp is trying and my God they still crying. I guess after crying for 20 years they don't know how to do anything else, they have to unlearn crying and start doing.


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