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“I have to check my eyes” said Fahie

Claimed Cox Heath Road Project was amongst CDB projects; Hon. Vanterpool said no
Hon. Fahie told the House yesterday September 3, 2012, that he had to check his eyes and come back, because he thought he saw the Cox Heath Road project on the list of projects to be funded by the CDB loan. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – During the sixty-plus questions thrown out to Honourable Ministers, yesterday September 3, 2012 at the first sitting of the second session of the second House of Assembly, one caused the first district representative, Hon. Andrew A. Fahie to respond by saying “I have to check my eyes… I will check my eyes and return to this Honourable House.”

Hon. Fahie, in a question regarding projects around the territory, specifically one where the Ministry assigned to Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Ministry of Communications and Works, will widen and surface the  old road that passes through Cox Heath and end up at the Towers, West End by Rawleigh Well. 

Hon. Fahie said, that to his knowledge “this project is a part of the list of projects that are to be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan.” 

In response, Hon. Vanterpool said “no, it is not a part of the CDB projects.” 

Hon. Vanterpool said “there is no immediate plans in the Ministry or Public Works to widen and surface the said road however, this road can be very useful in the event of storm surges, which adversely affect the coast road.” 

Hon. Fahie told the House that he doesn’t have the list of projects with him at the time, and stated “ Madam Speaker, for the record I thought I had read it on the list of projects for CDB, but Madam Speaker probably I have to check my eyes… I will check my eyes and come back to the Honourable House.” 

Hon. Vanterpool added that “There is a project on the CDB list for the area, but its further down in the third district, from the electricity corporation area going towards west, but not that particular section that you are talking about.”  In response, Hon. Fahie said “I don’t know what to say, I have to do more research and come back to the house, I’ll leave it there; a wise head keeps a still tongue, and a still tongue keeps a wise head.” 

The First District Representative also asked Minister Vanterpool, when the pumps for Capoon’s Bay Drainage Project would be installed, where Hon. Vanterpool responded by saying “the pumps are to be installed shortly.” 

Fahie then directed a supplementary question to the Minister, and asked what the definition is of the word shortly, that was given to the house by the Honourable Minister and whether or not the project would be completed before the rainy season. 

“I wish to give the Honourable Member a more specific date but I don’t have it at this point, public works will be advising me shortly… I’m quite in sync with the Honourable Member in the urgent need of this for this project, in my next answer I will be talking about that, but there is a lot of activity going on to try to make it happen soon and I don’t know if it will happen before the rainy season but certainly from what I’ve learnt it will happen before the year is out,” said Hon. Vanterpool.

He added that the Capoon’s Bay Drainage Project will take approximately 90 more days for completion.

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