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Easter Festival Garbage still on VG Recreation Ground

- Residents appeal for clean up
It’s heading to one month since the final day of the festivities and with all the successes they recorded they haven’t gotten one thing right, and that is cleaning up that ground,” one resident told this news site. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
Evidence of garbage left scattered around the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground following the staging of 2014 Easter Festival. Photo: Provided
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Weeks after the staging of what was described as one of the most successful Easter Festivals in recent time on the Island of Virgin Gorda, residents are concerned about piles of garbage that still linger.

“It’s heading to one month since the final day of the festivities and with all the successes they recorded they haven’t gotten one thing right, and that is cleaning up that ground,” one resident told this news site.

It’s not winded talks since as recent as last weekend photos were captured showing the evidence. “We spoke to so many members of the committee and yet we haven’t seen any movement that’s why we decided to come to this point of informing the media,” the resident stated.

Valiant efforts to reach the Chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee Ms Sasha D.A. Flax and the Public Relations Officer Mr Jerrel A. George have been futile over the past days.

Residents said that the main concern about the ground not being cleaned properly is the fact that the facility has since been frequented by several sporting disciplines including groups of young children.

“When festival done if you do a walkthrough we usually pick up buckets of nails and that is not a good thing for people practicing different sports on that ground,” added the concerned resident.

Several of the stallholders did confirm with this news site that they had paid a fee for after clean-up while they had the responsibility of removing their structures. But some of the blame is being laid at the feet of some stallholders.

According to the concerned residents stacks of pallets used by both the committee and stall holders are at the ground. “You fetch it here you could take it out. All kinds of things can be caught up between those pallets and the children are playing around them too.”

In addition disposable tents used are on the ground and bins are over-spilling while other disposable wastes are scattered all around. “We just finish the island wide cleanup to send a message that we need to keep the island clean and we are not leading by example.”

One concerned resident suggested that in the interest of their own health and safety some of the sport groups should spend some time cleaning the ground. “While you wait on the Festival Committee to clean, your players are at risk more than anything being stuck by nails and such like,” the resident suggested.

It is alleged that the matter of cleaning up the Recreation Ground after festival activities is one thing that has had a common trend for years in succession.

18 Responses to “Easter Festival Garbage still on VG Recreation Ground”

  • ?? (21/05/2014, 08:01) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where is the minister for culture??
  • ?? (21/05/2014, 08:03) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where is the minister of health,.... CHINA??
  • myrun again (21/05/2014, 08:05) Like (5) Dislike (27) Reply
    Another WVM fauilure.
  • ccc (21/05/2014, 08:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nasty
  • one eye (21/05/2014, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    let's see if he takes a photo with dat!
  • pat (21/05/2014, 10:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    so who is going to clean up? those vendors and participants should be asking these questions and not depend on others. They should at least help out the DPW by consolidating trash. That is what bugs the hell out of me. Everyone expects someone else to do it! We see this at the beach clean ups and around town. Why should we even have to do that? Vendors think ahead with trash barrels and participants- LOOK for those trash barrels.
  • Hmmmm (21/05/2014, 11:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    please those stuff been there all the time
  • bvi (21/05/2014, 11:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did the booth owners pay a deposit? That trash was not there as an island wide clean up was done prior to festival and students from St Marys and other private schools did an excellent job of making sure they had a clean field before festival. It is a shame that every year the field is NEVER cleaned after festival . Where is the Recreation Trust in all this? They are responsible for the field. After the booth owners make their money for festival they don't care what trash and old garbage, pallets etc they leave there. The facility needs to be managed properly
  • Yes (21/05/2014, 13:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where are the 'PILES' of garbage? I see a 3yd truck load of garbage there which can be removed in 15 mins. Get on with it.
  • yellow (21/05/2014, 15:37) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    the way the park was left is another symbol of NDP rule..lots of trash
  • Slim chic (21/05/2014, 15:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s about time this to forefront of the news, this is clear evidence of the kind of condition the athletes of Virgin Gorda, have to practice in for track & field, cricket, softball etc., and also do their P.E. in during school hours.

    Does anyone in authority, have any sort of concerns for those children safety, I am a parent and I am grossly disgust with this everlasting problem, this not some new, but rather 40 yrs plus and counting with this problem. I was also faced with problem as an athlete myself and now these children.

    I find this ridiculous, budget passing for everything but nothing can reflect on the SISTER ISLANDS and their needs for proper facilities and to ensure the safety of these youths; when will this ever be resolve.
    We can start resolving this problem by;
    1) Having Easter Festival at different sight;
    2) Provide the people and youths of community with proper sport field with the basic necessities, at a different sight; or
    3) Have a committee to ensure that grounds are properly clean and is safe to conduct sporting activity.
  • reach them on Facebook (21/05/2014, 20:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    them done collected their profits. you all really think them going to clean it up? im sure the last time those in charge of the festival have not been there since the last night of the village. Them could have well paid someone a $100.00 to clear up... shame shame shame
  • VG68 (21/05/2014, 22:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here's an idea..... How about all those complaining in the above comments, gather their friends, family members, church groups .... whoever - and just DO IT. The cleanliness of the island is everyone's responsibility who lives here.
  • Disgusted (22/05/2014, 07:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The public is RIGHT a park by Myron should not be a priority at this time. Our economy is almost zombified, we can't produce, we have no industry, our middle class is slipping away like our roads when it rains, our youth have little hope in securing employment, homelessness rises, our international reflection is dismal... who cares for my BVI?
  • Hmmm (22/05/2014, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tha park was cleaned by committee members... when were these pictures taken?
  • stop (22/05/2014, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The pictures were taken BEFORE they FINALLY cleaned the field


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