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Ground breaks for modern market square in RT

- Hon Rymer says it is a significant step in stimulating the next level of economic growth
From left: Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool; Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1); and Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) break soil for the modernisation of the Road Town Market Square. Photo: VINO
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said the new Road Town Market Square will be a critical step for the Virgin Islands in stimulating economic growth when it is completed in nine months. Photo: Facebook
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said the new Road Town Market Square will be a critical step for the Virgin Islands in stimulating economic growth when it is completed in nine months. Photo: Facebook
The Road Town Market Square will be transformed into a modern facility with 16 kiosks, a gazebo, green spaces, restrooms, a bus depot and local monumental artifacts. Photo: Facebook
The Road Town Market Square will be transformed into a modern facility with 16 kiosks, a gazebo, green spaces, restrooms, a bus depot and local monumental artifacts. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said the new Road Town Market Square will be a critical step for the Virgin Islands in stimulating economic growth when it is completed in nine months.

The minister said, on Monday, October 12, 2020, during the ground breaking ceremony for the project, that the change will be the territory’s way of keeping up with the times.

The market square will be transformed into a modern facility with “16 kiosks shopping splendour, accompanied by a gazebo, green spaces, restrooms, a bus depot and local monumental artifacts,” he stated.

“Change is inevitable, we have to keep changing, adapting, and adjusting to be relevant to the times and to stay ahead of the times. Transformation is healthy, this is good for the territory and our people when we are constantly looking for ways to improve our capabilities, our competencies, our offerings, and how we package and present our offerings,” he remarked.

Hon Rymer said the project is his ministry’s way of making the city pedestrian-friendly, beautiful and persons who live and visit can have an enhanced experience.

“Our city should reflect a thriving economy; it must reflect who we are, a proud and progressive people. It must complement our status as one of the most beautiful places on the planet and a top tourist destination. It must create the atmosphere that drives success. So this development is a significant step in stimulating the next level of economic growth and social activities. It is my home that we will achieve support from you the Virgin Islands residents,” he pointed out.

“It introduces a bit of freshness to things and keeps things exciting. Our capital is the heart of our territory, and this is a place that has been sending out strong positive vibes, vibes that will be infectious, vibes that will lift the energy levels in all our villages and communities.”

More markets to be constructed

In the meantime, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said other communities such as Carrot Bay and the sister island of Virgin Gorda will not be left behind.

He informed that plans for the two above mentioned projects have already started.

“We are going to continue this same kind of market…we have similar things planned for the Virgin Gorda market square,” he said.

He further mentioned that residents of Carrot Bay would be engaged on the upcoming development ‘in the near future’.

Meanwhile, the vendors who operated at the Road Town Market have been temporarily relocated close to the fire station.

 

20 Responses to “Ground breaks for modern market square in RT”

  • ccc (12/10/2020, 16:10) Like (13) Dislike (19) Reply
    the VIP jammi don't mind the noise you all going back
    • Strupes (12/10/2020, 18:13) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
      yo think building a market could get the vip re-elected? i got news for you. yo think this is back in the 70's when the electorates were stupid?
  • Serious (12/10/2020, 16:18) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    WHEN WILL THE BVI BREAK GROUND FOR A BRAND NEW MUSEUM LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE BUILDING A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS PLACE IS ALWAYS LEFT BE HIND. tHE LIBRARIANS IN THE BVI ARE PERSOND WHO ARE GROUNDED WITH THE HISTORY OF THE BVI BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM THAT THEY NOR A DECENT LIBRARY IS NEEDED, WE NEED OUR BVI LANDERS TO BE OUR GREAT RESEARCHERS AND STOP GIVING SUCH HEAD POST TO OUSIDERS WHO DOOES NOT KNOW OUR HISTORY OF THE BVI LOOK AT GETTING A LIBRARY WHAT IS A COUNTRY WITH OUT A LIBRARY THE PREMIER EVEN DID NOT MENTION THE OLDER PERSONS WHO SOLD AT THE MARKET AND WHO KEPT UP THE MARKET HISTORICAL TRADATION WHAT ABOUT THE LATE MISS ISHMA, TOMMY TURNBULL, MISS VIVIAN, MS. LOUISE TO NAME A FEW I THINK WHEN THINGS SUCH AS WHAT WAS DONE PLEASE TRY HARD TO DO SOME RESEARCH SO THE MEANING OF THE EXERCISE CAN BE MUCH FULLER AND RICHER AND IT CAN HELP TO BRING A SENSE OF MMEANING AND PURPOSE TO THE RESIDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
  • Sweet juicy (12/10/2020, 16:46) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    That’s cool and great to see. VIP jamming.

    In other news you’ll see how the table has turned for the host of C** D**P? Now trying to be like “ people always try to see you down; when that’s all she does. Honestly! I believe she and E*ster went there with a mission in mind. Probably was told they wasn’t welcome and decided to check it out themselves. If I don’t want to renting my vehicle that’s on me. Me care what anyone say! A person like Sin D is ban from my business. Honestly those two don’t fit in with this BVILOVE at all. Can’t believe those ladies are employees of the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board. Them need to go work agriculture in the pigs department.
  • lol (12/10/2020, 16:47) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    They need something for the portfolio to campaign they did
  • NICK (12/10/2020, 16:55) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    Long overdue. V I P all the way. Bam!!!
  • Heckler (12/10/2020, 18:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    4 years of campaigning is a lot
  • E. Leonard (12/10/2020, 18:25) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Caribbean region is a small group of diverse locales that is somewhat difference in culture, economies, languages, food, music.......etc but one commonality among the islands whether they are/were associated with the British, French, Dutch, American, Danish.......etc is the traditional Market place. VI residents now shop for food at supermarkets. But before supermarkets they shop at the Market for fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, charcoal, poultry......etc. The Market was more than a place where merchants trade, barter goods. It was a social market place where residents, ie, family, friends, classmates, church members........etc met. Experiencing the thrill of the market place is a must experience that should be experienced.

    The Market has been on the move over the decades. I can remember the Market being located at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza, on Chalwell Street, on Long Bush Road across from the Methodist Burial Ground near the Band Stand to now at its current location. In recent times, the Market building was unoccupied with vendors selling outside. I join others in saying the reconstruction of the Market place is long over due. The location??? Nonetheless, it is wonderful that construction is getting under way. Next up should be a ground breaking for a central library/ learning resource center.

    The Market has been on the move over the decades. I can remember the Market being located at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza, at Chalwell Street, on Long Bush Road across from the Methodist Burial Ground near the Band Stand to now at its current location. In recent times, the Market building was unoccupied with vendors selling outside. I join others in saying the reconstruction of the market place is long over due. The location??? Nonetheless, nice that construction is getting under way. Next up should be a ground breaking for a central library/ learning resource center.
    • @E. Leonard (13/10/2020, 13:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, my initial reaction to the market was WTF. But you move me from my down from my position. Always look at the market as just a place where people shop in the old days. But there seems to be a cultural and social connection to it.Now that I’m in a different space I also agree that the location may not be ideal. Where is the parking? The market may have a place in the past and present but adequate parking is a present reality.
    • Eagle and Buffalo (13/10/2020, 16:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      A new, modern market place is nice and a throw back to yester year. Nonetheless, to get maximum usage, will require effective promotion and marketing anda paradigm shift in customer attitude and food shopping habits. Currently, VI residents have grown accustomed to the convenience, one-stop shopping at supermarkets. It will take a Herculean effort to pry them away from the comfort of shopping at supermarkets. Prying them away is not insurmountable but it will take more than a modern building. Historically, the attraction of a market place is the availability of fresh, quality agricultural products. As such, there must be an ample supply of agricultural products, especially local/organic, at a reasonable price. The new building cannot become a white elephant like the old one. Though the BVI may not be self-sufficient in food production, it must strive to produce as much food as practical to reduce the import food bill, enhance food security........etc. The market place can be a key distribution point.

      [Let’s us lead like eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes.]
  • Great. Excellent. (12/10/2020, 18:35) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope they use it when its finished and keep off the side of the Road.... . I Like Mr Adams Speech.. "The department consulted with all stake holders before putting it together.. Thats the way things are to be done"...
  • Me (12/10/2020, 22:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope they take into account that area always flooding and overflow from the ghut. I really hope someone looked into that area in their plans.
  • Paranoia 1T (13/10/2020, 05:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This what Government Advisors should be getting paid to do...How to Create an Budget for Government Coffers Not how to deplete..
    Make Palm Grove Shopping Center a Mini Mall with a four Story Building ..Putting the People back into their Jobs so that they can
    Actually make the Down payments on the proposed Low income First Time Home Owners Projected Infrastructure...
  • PT009 (13/10/2020, 06:41) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    WHEN WILL THE GOVEREMENT BREAK GROUND FOR THE PALM GROVE SHOPPING CENTER THAT THE PEOPLE LOSTED IN 2017. THE GOVEREMENT DON’T EVEN WANT TO TALK TO THE LEASE HOLDERS ABOUT IT. THE INSURANCE ON THE BUILDING WAS NOT PAID IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAID BY THE GOVERENMENT. THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT IS OUT OF INCOM SINCE 2017 AND THEY WONT EVEN TALK TO THE PEOPLE. SHAME ON YOU VIP GOVERENMENT YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN THE NDP.
    • Watching on.. (13/10/2020, 16:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      No matter what the gov't do somebody going to complain..complain..complain. Everything can't be done in one night. So much things going on. Being the govt isn't an easy job. Give the people some time time to sort things out one thing at a time...jeez man.
  • facts (13/10/2020, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    At least vino post good and bad blogs on the Government but BVI news only approving the bad blogs to get on their news site. They clearly are in the pocket of the funny man and his mischief gang.
  • Ah sah (13/10/2020, 09:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Unnecessary spending of our Tax payers money for something that was NOT NEEDED RIGHT NOW!!!! What happened to the laptops for our children that were promised some of our children are still home without and STILL using cellphones to do their school work where are your priorities.
  • Reality check (13/10/2020, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Crafts Alive is dead and you are just putting more nails in those businesses' coffins. Instead of wasting money on a competing market why not concentrate on infrastructure improvement, like all of the drainage issues with the roads the tour buses will need to use once we open? Instead of bandage asphalt on the potholes actually fix the cause; heed the Romans which set the standard for roads and concentrate on drainage.
  • lol (13/10/2020, 11:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord have mercy on the bvi people for the serpent in the garden
  • ok (14/10/2020, 09:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    go fix the blind schools... this place so backwards... the things we need to put money into and invest in, we're not doing, cause if they cant's nothing to put in their pockets, they aint studying it.


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