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Hon Mark H. Vanterpool assures no increased water & light bills for VG

Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) assured residents of Virgin Gorda that there is not expected to be increases in the cost for the supply of water or electricity for residents of the sister island as a result of the upgrade of the Virgin Gorda water treatment plant. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent O. Wheatley. Photo: Facebook
Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent O. Wheatley. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) assured residents of Virgin Gorda that there is not expected to be increases in the cost for the supply of water or electricity for residents of the sister island as a result of the upgrade of the Virgin Gorda water treatment plant.

He was speaking in response to a question by Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent O. Wheatley who raised the concern of whether the upgrade works would mean higher rates for residents of Virgin Gorda who have just been hit with the devastating news of the imminent closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort.

“With the upgrade to the Virgin Gorda water plant and your investment in power [on Virgin Gorda], are we to expect increases in light bills and water bills on Virgin Gorda in the face of the imminent closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay?” Wheatley asked the Minister during a press conference on February 2, 2016.

However, in response the Minister said that this should not be the case.

“I don’t know that there is any consideration at all for that…so that is not expected,” said Honourable Vanterpool.

“I will assure the good resident [of Virgin Gorda] that he doesn’t have to worry about that,” said the Minister.

On January 15, 2016, it was announced that the Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort would be closing for an 18-month period to facility what were described as urgently needed renovations to allow it to remain competitive. This however will see some 300 plus employees being placed on the breadline, even though Government is taking some action to mitigate the effects.

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