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Gov’t accuses ‘Willy T’ of illegal waste disposal

- Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour told the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee they admitted to 'wrong doing'
According to information unearthed in the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee on the 2017 Budget, Willy T has been dumping illegally. Photo: Internet Source
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Mr Ronald F. Smith-Berkley (left), in response to a question by Fifth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher (right) in the 2017 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting of the House of Assembly, said it was brought to the attention of the National Parks Trust that Willy T was dumping illegally and when confronted [Willy T] ‘admitted to their wrongdoing.’ Photo: VINO/File
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Mr Ronald F. Smith-Berkley (left), in response to a question by Fifth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher (right) in the 2017 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting of the House of Assembly, said it was brought to the attention of the National Parks Trust that Willy T was dumping illegally and when confronted [Willy T] ‘admitted to their wrongdoing.’ Photo: VINO/File
NORMAN ISLAND, VI- Many residents and visitors still enjoy the popular floating boat that is a bar and restaurant at sea close to The Bight near Norman Island, in the Virgin Islands.

Some years ago it was one of the most popular places to visit as tourists and some brave locals were known to have jumped off the boat into the sea water naked.

At the 2017 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting of the House of Assembly, Fifth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher asked “if businesses, such as the Willy T, have to provide National Parks Trust and or Solid Waste Department on the manner in which their waste is disposed of.”

Illegal dumping by Will T- Smith-Berkley

In answering the question, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr Ronald F. Smith-Berkley told the body that it was brought to the attention of the Trust and when confronted [Willy T] “admitted to their wrongdoing.” Mr Smith-Berkley further stated that the Manager has since made progress and stated that the Conservation and Fisheries Department made there three (3) to four (4) trips to review progress.

However, he did not reveal in his testimony what was being dumped illegally and for how long such practice was going on and where it was being disposed.

At the time of the enquiry, the National Parks Trust (NPT) and its line head, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, were before the Committee testifying to justify their grant from government. The NPT is a statutory body and has a Board of Directors.

Too many illegal moorings at sea

There were also other discussions about the challenges generally with illegal moorings in the waters of the VI and what the National Parks Trust, whose portfolio it is to deal with such, will do about it.

The Acting Director of the NPT, Linda Varlack, stated to the SFC that once illegal moorings are discovered “a notice will be affixed on the mooring which will give a time frame for removal or application for a license.”

When asked by Hon Christopher if the illegal moorings could be removed, Ms Varlack answered “yes.”

27 Responses to “Gov’t accuses ‘Willy T’ of illegal waste disposal”

  • ... (14/03/2017, 15:35) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    They still jump off in their birth sute
  • under messy NDP (14/03/2017, 15:46) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    there's mess and lawlessness all over the place. Messy hands, messy deals, mess and lawlessness have become our shame.
  • jrocky (14/03/2017, 16:07) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    is behind all this because of the competition
  • just asking.. (14/03/2017, 17:01) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    What happened to second man idea of a boat on the water for fun?
  • Waiting (14/03/2017, 17:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    They have not moved any of the illegal moorings at Anegada even though they had a meeting in regard to them over 2 years ago and now in their reply to people who ask to do it legally they state that no others will be permitted until the illegal ones are removed, so who is to remove them?
  • myrun (14/03/2017, 17:24) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    I heard a young lady who ran for office but lost made a xxx video over there...any one still has it?
  • blah (14/03/2017, 17:26) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    A bunch of useless civil servants. Put on nice clothing, brag about degrees and do nothing else except collect a free pension after their service.
  • pat (14/03/2017, 19:41) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is crazy what about a fine?
  • Nexus (14/03/2017, 20:03) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    so they admit wrong doing And we fell for it so gladly
  • seeing (14/03/2017, 22:36) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lets see .... until recently all of Roadtowns raw sewage got dumped into the sea . We burn toxic waste every day in Pockwood Pond . People are getting shot almost weekly . And drugs are rampant in every nook and cranny in the territory . Lets add to it the frequent abuse of women and also children as well . I guess the Willy T should be a priority . Yup
    • Huh? (15/03/2017, 16:04) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Every government office have their own mandate....what does pockwood pond and the killings have to do with National Parks Trust??? U shoulda just stick to Road Town sewage problem which is a issue amongst several govt departments.
  • YOLO (14/03/2017, 23:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whats new hear
  • Environmentalist (15/03/2017, 05:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am concerned about "Zero tolerance" for illegal dumping and pollution. Where is the mandatory fines?
  • Jealous (15/03/2017, 07:35) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do u think ms Dolores has ever been to the Willy t or just going on hearsay? ?
    They have a septic treatment system in the bottom of the boat. Like another poster said I would be more worried about the raw sewage going into the sea all around the island, the toxic trash that is burnt, the trucks with filthy exhausts that drop out cancer causing heavy metals on a HUGE basis. PRiorties.....
  • @jealous (15/03/2017, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    you may want to check your source there. There is no septic system on Willy T. Sign on the bathroom door says as much.
  • Wonder (16/03/2017, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ever wonder where all that waste from their toilets go? Clue: it ain't no septic tank.
  • mixologist (16/03/2017, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    so? it was just some drink mix for their cocktails that was intended to go to the fish & lime instead. someone
    knocked it over is all. a bunch of fuss over nothing.
  • guy (16/03/2017, 19:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    maybe she should walk down to prospect reef. there is a pipe dumping sewage just 3 feet from the sea wall
  • Ok ? (17/03/2017, 09:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yeah great idea government , attack a local bvi business that attracts tons of tourists to the bvi each year. Even though the bvi government itself just dumps it sewerage in the water too? Who's really more at fault here?? You're throwing rocks in a glass house...


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