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Hon Hubert O’Neal begs VG for patience

- Businesses not being denied access to their premises as Lee Road works progress
Ninth District Representative Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has surfaced with an apology for the discomfort residents and businesses have been enduring, especially due to road works on Lee Road. Photo: VINO
Many residents of the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda were left fuming following what they claimed was the unannounced closure of a section of Lee Road on June 20, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Many residents of the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda were left fuming following what they claimed was the unannounced closure of a section of Lee Road on June 20, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Many residents of the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda were left fuming following what they claimed was the unannounced closure of a section of Lee Road on June 20, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Many residents of the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda were left fuming following what they claimed was the unannounced closure of a section of Lee Road on June 20, 2017. Photo: Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – A day after many residents of the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda railed up about the unannounced closure of a section of Lee Road as it was being dug up, Ninth District Representative Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal surfaced with an apology for the discomfort residents and businesses have been enduring.

The District Rep, who has been accused on many occasions of being asleep and not doing enough to represent the interest of residents, said he was out of the territory and since his return on June 19, 2017 was faced with many “angry” complaints.

“Most of the complaints amount to the inconveniences being encountered by the closure of sections of the Lee Road, particularly by the business owners operating along that road…I had discussions with the contractor on this project and he has apologised for the inconveniences but he is working as quickly as possible to complete the surfacing of the road and a speedy return to normal traffic flow.”

According to Dr O’Neal the contractor also admitted that detour signs were insufficient. “He wanted to remind business owners and other patrons using the road that they will not be blocked from traversing the road to get to business establishments while the surfacing is ongoing.  Efforts will be made to accommodate persons needing to traverse the road when necessary,” Dr O’Neal stated.

Lee Road to be ‘finest’ in Territory

In his release, the District Representative said that the final section from the Fire Station to the Catholic Community Center is left to be surfaced with concrete, and then there will be a cover of asphalt applied from the corner of Sol Gas Station to the Catholic Community Center. It is expected that the concrete work will be completed by the end of June and the asphalt work should be done shortly thereafter.

“The Lee Road promises to be the finest road in the Territory after it is completed. This is just the first phase of this project. The redevelopment of Lee Road will continue, in the future, from the Catholic Center to the old Pump Well, and eventually, to the Baths,” said Hon O’Neal.

I ask for your patience

The under fire Ninth District Representative, who is serving his first term as an elected representative, begged his Virgin Gorda constituents for patience.

“I ask for your patience as this badly needed redevelopment of our main road artery takes place. It will be completed very soon and all Virgin Gordians will be proud of the final product.”

He reminded residents, “Remember the inconveniences during the recent redevelopment of the St. Thomas Bay jetty and cargo ramp and how that project turned into an aesthetically pleasing product. The Lee Road will be just as beautiful when it is completed.”

Speaking of intended plans for the stretch of Lee Road, Hon O’Neal said he has intentions to beautify Lee Road even further by conducting a tree planting drive.

“I am inviting my good people of Virgin Gorda to join me in raising funds to launch this project. I am in the process of creating the ‘9th District Development Trust’ which is a non-profit trust being created to raise funds for special projects, just like this, in our district. I will fill you in on details as I progress.”

See link to related story:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/unannounced-lee-road-closure-on-vg-upsets-residents

16 Responses to “Hon Hubert O’Neal begs VG for patience”

  • vg boy (23/06/2017, 08:31) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    i can bet when all is said n done we will have some of the best roads in the BVi
  • voter (23/06/2017, 08:42) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    After all the chatter he will still be put back in
  • Hmm (23/06/2017, 08:44) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    a CONTRACTOR WITH KNOWLEDGE IS WHAT WE NEED
  • bill belicheck (23/06/2017, 09:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    do your job
  • billyb (23/06/2017, 10:06) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Struuupes
    Why ask for what you don't have (patients?)
    Well sah-----this stuck up fool needs to go
  • one eye (23/06/2017, 10:13) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor burtie 2 docs fast asleep
  • fyah ras (23/06/2017, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah beg some body give you a big rock in your back. That's wa I man begging for. Leave our district alone we don't need you and never will. Pure foolishness. When ayo on ayo nice trips we have to be going through all this bull crap and what hurts is that he don't face none of this pressure cause he don't live on VG or Anegada. Boss man who feels it know it. More
  • Socrates (23/06/2017, 11:40) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    What will make Lee Road the best road in the VI? Does a smooth surface make a road the best? Do base courses, sub grade........etc. matter? Would it have made more sense and less inconvenicing to businesses to perform the work at night when the traffic demand is less? Was the contractor notified at the preconstruction and other meetings that advance notice of road closure had to be probided? Who is the project inspector, and project manager?

    Is aesthetically pleasing the measure of quality for the St. Thomas Bay jetty? What about the spalling of concrete and steel corrosion under the wharf? Is the wharf structural sound? Who was the structural engineer that produced the findings? Does the Hon O'Neal need a communication director, a chief of staff.......etc? How does D-9 constituents rate the competency and effective its rep on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst?
  • VG (23/06/2017, 11:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This highlights the need for all the secondary roads in the Valley to be repaired as well. They are in bad shape too. Dr. O'Neal you need to respond not only there is a crisis situation. Not good
  • Liat 521 (23/06/2017, 12:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is always overseas
  • Yeah Right (23/06/2017, 12:28) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can take your apology and stick it. You are just our Rep in name only to better advance yourself. Don't trust you. As far as I am concern, you let your people down big time. Nothing but FLUFF and AIR.
  • no trust (23/06/2017, 12:29) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    HOPE THE PEOPLE OF VG LEARN THEM LESSONS
  • break (23/06/2017, 16:52) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Lord man! Ayo give the doc a break nuh man?????
  • jack (23/06/2017, 19:21) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Waste of damn time is all he is, up to now he can't respond to a whatsapp concerning school.
  • Tis a Cross (23/06/2017, 21:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When it was election time they had the whole place patch up with asphalt in the sake of a smooth road. So they done scrape up all of it and throw it to one side. Waste of tax payers money!!!!! Schools and clinics lacking much needs supplies and the powers that be are taking us for complete fools.
  • *** (28/06/2017, 22:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anyone can knock a house down. It takes a Carpenter to build one.


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