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JVD Action Committee brings 'breath of fresh air' to island

- Executes latest cleanup up efforts in Batson Bay
Before and after pics of an area cleaned by the JVD Action Committee at Batson Bay in Jost Van Dyke. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
Some of the derelict vehicles removed during the committee's clean-up exercises at Batson Bay. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
Some of the derelict vehicles removed during the committee's clean-up exercises at Batson Bay. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
Chairman of the JVD Action Committee, Gregory A. Callwood, said residents and tourists of the island have a 'breath of fresh air' now that the committee is here. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the JVD Action Committee, Gregory A. Callwood, said residents and tourists of the island have a 'breath of fresh air' now that the committee is here. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Members of the Jost Van Dyke Action Committee (JVDAC) gathered yesterday, March 30, 2013 to clean various parts of the island as part of their efforts to execute the mandate of the committee.

Speaking with this news site, Chairman of the Committee, Mr Gregory A. Callwood related that the group cleaned an area named Batson Bay in Little Harbour.

Over 20 persons, including committee members as well as residents of JVD, turned out for the clean-up efforts that started from 8 A.M. and continued until 4 P.M.

The chairman disclosed that chainsaws were among the tools the group employed to execute their duties before taking the accumulated debris to a local dump in the area to be disposed of. Derelict vehicles were also removed from the Batson Bay area with the use of backhoe's and trucks.

He indicated that residents and tourists on the island “have a breath of fresh air” now that the committee has started work in the area.

Callwood also disclosed that the Committee remains in constant contact with Second District Representative, Hon. J Alvin Christopher, who has indicated that he will be assisting with the construction of the committee’s headquarters in JVD out of his personal funds.

“Hon. Christopher is going to assist us with this building… we would have this building for [the committee] to meet or if there is any public meeting on the island, we would be able to use this building,” Callwood said. Efforts to reach Hon. Christopher for comments proved unsuccessful.

He also disclosed that committee members assisted teachers at the newly constructed section of the school in JVD to move desks and chairs to the new classrooms last Thursday.

The JVD Action Committee was officially formed on March 17, 2013.

18 Responses to “JVD Action Committee brings 'breath of fresh air' to island”

  • cnn (31/03/2013, 09:16) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Where is the clean up dude Archie?? See he only can clear Tola but no time for sister islands...Ah tell ayo the at large system is a failure!
  • ok (31/03/2013, 10:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    i commend the good people of JVD coming together! this is what we must do when governance fails!
  • Jac (31/03/2013, 11:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    vino good work , i guest you let the people whats going on ,cause this committee is about action and the beat gods on
  • links (31/03/2013, 12:36) Like (9) Dislike (21) Reply
    Who else gonna clean it? They messup the place so they must clean it. A small place like that should never look so and thts not govt problem. People just too damm nasty.
    • @ links (31/03/2013, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      if you do not have nothing positive to say keep your big mouth shut
  • bvi (31/03/2013, 12:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder what did they do with those derelict vehicles.....
    • JDV (31/03/2013, 17:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I saw them loading it onto a barge. So my guess is that solid waste took them away.
  • ooooo (31/03/2013, 13:41) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    how come fraud aint taking part? he already got what he wanted?....which means he probably aint coming back?...his goose cooked any which way
  • egg face (31/03/2013, 16:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is people power kudos to the committee
  • in the news (31/03/2013, 16:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Way to go Gregory
    • My hope (01/04/2013, 15:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hope this is not a greg one man show!!!!
      • Noni couture (01/05/2013, 20:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Good job. Greg. And the. Committee who helped with the cleanup on. Joys. We remember. That Lorinn tried to get the people to clean up the litter. And to. Recycle. Now it is finally happening.. Lorinn would be pleased
  • ton ton (31/03/2013, 20:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is what you call progress good work people
  • great movements (01/04/2013, 08:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I commend the persons responsible for this .. Although u guys are the ones responsible for dirtying the place in the first long and short. . Show the govmnt that jvd pple are together .. whether the govmnt down for helpin out or not...
  • BELL (01/04/2013, 08:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    congratulations. excellent vision and job. Tortola should do the same thing. But I have one question, why do they have to build yet another structure for an office? can't they share with another group or does each group want their own space? then we run the risk of all these structures everywhere. Multi-use is key to over building. thank you.
  • JVD (01/04/2013, 13:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Vinny (02/04/2013, 14:49) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

    As if the #$%^er isn't doing this for his own personal gain. The locals messed it up, i don't see why they should get recognition for cleaning up their own mess....

    • Ms. Callwood (04/04/2013, 09:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe because society today needs to praise people taking care of their land and taking pride in it, so that in turn, others can follow the example being set. If you don't understand this cycle then you are simply simple minded.

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