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‘I’m not blocking EE Sewerage Project!’ – Hon Fraser

- has stood with East End family in compulsory land acquisition matter; said no one can say that he does not support the East End Sewerage Project
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has challenged anyone to say that he is standing in the way of the East End/Long Look Sewerage Project because of his standing with a family whose land was being compulsorily acquired by Government for the said project. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Fraser believes the family of East End got blindsided by Government’s recent motion in the House of Assembly for the compulsory acquisition of a plot of land earmarked for a sewerage pumping station opposite the East End Police Station as part of the project. The parcel of land, said to be approximately half of an acre, originally belonged to a Mr Steadman Penn but is now family owned. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Fraser believes the family of East End got blindsided by Government’s recent motion in the House of Assembly for the compulsory acquisition of a plot of land earmarked for a sewerage pumping station opposite the East End Police Station as part of the project. The parcel of land, said to be approximately half of an acre, originally belonged to a Mr Steadman Penn but is now family owned. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has challenged anyone to say he is standing in the way of the East End/Long Look Sewerage Project because of his standing with a family whose land was being compulsorily acquired by Government for the said project.

He made the remarks during the April 1, 2015 edition of the VIP’s Let’s Talk radio show heard on ZBVI 780 AM.

Honourable Fraser believes the family of East End got blindsided by Government’s recent motion in the House of Assembly for the compulsory acquisition of a plot of land earmarked for a sewerage pump station opposite the East End Police Station as part of the project.

The parcel of land, said to be approximately half of an acre, originally belonged to a Mr Steadman Penn but is now family owned.

The family had made it public that they are not pleased over the Motion which was moved by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith during the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly on March 19, 2015. It received 7 votes for its passage.

"This particular land that we are talking about isn't land that was acquired through purchase. It's an inheritance. So Madame Speaker, when you are going to ask me to agree with you to acquire compulsory a piece of property that belongs to someone through inheritance, you will have to convince me Madam Speaker, that all avenues of negotiations were attempted and exhausted...Information is key and it is not here," Hon Fraser had said in explaining his reason for abstaining to vote.

Hon Fraser commissioned engineer for project

Addressing the host of the talk show, VIP President Carvin Malone, Honourable Fraser said, “Mr President, I would just like to make this point. Nobody can go out there and say that I am standing in the way of the East End/Long Look Sewerage Project because I am the minister who first commissioned the engineer back in 2002 – 2003 to do that project. And when I came back into office in 2007 to 2011 we worked on that project through the years,” he said.

“Nobody is going to get in my way and say that I was being a monkey wrench in the project. I am one hundred percent behind it just like I am behind the Road Town Sewerage Project,” he said.

Honourable Fraser does not believe that it is too late for the Government to work out an amicable solution to this matter but expressed that the Government seems unwilling to go this route.

A family member concerning the land had told Virgin Islands News Online that the land owner is not willing to sell and had even proposed an alternative land that is in short distance of the land in question.

He noted that his uncle had plans to develop the land identified for the sewerage pump station and is now seeking legal advice over the planned acquisition.

Government had stated that it decided to go ahead with the acquisition of the land since its engineers had advised that it was the most suitable place for the sewerage pump station.

See previous stories here:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/ee-family-was-blindsided-over-land-acquisition-hon-fraser

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/ee-family-upset-over-ndp-land-grab

12 Responses to “‘I’m not blocking EE Sewerage Project!’ – Hon Fraser”

  • Xxx (08/04/2015, 17:41) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
    Ndp took advantage of that family
  • one eye (08/04/2015, 21:19) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    Fraser is the man
  • penn family (08/04/2015, 21:50) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Maynard we need help!
  • Rabsatt (09/04/2015, 00:41) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    Penn and Pickering abstaining / no show not how you do people business man. Fraser is a boss VIP legacy VIP culture stand up for the people. Come election Maynard and Sheep for them two district there. Maynard and Sheep for the 7th and 8th all the way.
    • facts man (09/04/2015, 07:45) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      see fraser is the man he will be the NEXT head of Government..so me aint minding the NDP so let me goo back to eating me salt fish and roast yam,
  • Got to be joking!? (09/04/2015, 08:31) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
    Why don't you people get over yourselves already. This is the issue your going to use to beat Hon. Pickering & Penn? For Pete's sake go sit down.

    Them 2 will get such a shellacking, please let them come.
    • @ Got to be joking? (09/04/2015, 08:39) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      . The VIP should stay on track despite the criticism from the naysayers
    • LOL (09/04/2015, 09:11) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      I want to know if they think we forget the labor issues not so long ago. Hmmm, they better be careful how they thread on issues because when the gloves come off it won't be nice. VIP cannot beat ndp with those half dead horses.
  • Engineer (09/04/2015, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Put country before self and give the Government the land. See there, the Government giving you a nice piece of land down the bay. Count your blessings and be a hero to EE.
  • @ Engineer (09/04/2015, 13:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damage control!! that's politics,i respect it still!!,
  • +++ (09/04/2015, 22:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    everyone wants the EE sewage project, but how and where so not to impact residents and quality of life. Is this what you want to look at in the middle of town?
  • bvi (10/04/2015, 01:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ndp are not only invadors but oppressors


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