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‘JVD road a death trap’ – Gerald A. Chinnery

- called on Government to address the paving of Hatchett Hill road in the interest of both locals & tourists
Built almost 14 years ago, a key road linking the extremities of the sister island of Jost van Dyke has been left unfinished and in an almost impassable state unless one is a skilful driver with a specialised vehicle. Photo: VINO
Gerald A. Chinnery. Photo: VINO
Gerald A. Chinnery. Photo: VINO
The road in its present state presents a danger to persons seeking to traverse it as it is treacherous to navigate, this news site being given a tour of it just last weekend. Photo: VINO
The road in its present state presents a danger to persons seeking to traverse it as it is treacherous to navigate, this news site being given a tour of it just last weekend. Photo: VINO
Speaking on the state of the road was Jost van Dyke born resident Gerald A. Chinnery, who described the road as dangerous and vowed never to take the chance of traversing it again until it is fixed. Photo: VINO
Speaking on the state of the road was Jost van Dyke born resident Gerald A. Chinnery, who described the road as dangerous and vowed never to take the chance of traversing it again until it is fixed. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Built almost 14 years ago, a key road linking the extremities of the sister island of Jost Van Dyke has been left unfinished and in an almost impassable state unless one is a skilful driver with a specialised vehicle.

The road in its present state presents a danger to persons seeking to traverse it as it is treacherous to navigate, this news site observed while on a tour of it just last weekend.

Speaking on the state of the road was Jost Van Dyke born resident Gerald A. Chinnery, who described the road as dangerous and vowed never to take the chance of traversing it again until it is fixed.

“The road is called the Hatchett Hill Road, it goes from Great Harbour up to Plantation at Hatchett Hill and goes up towards the eastern end,” he said.

“The road from Plantation to go to Hatchett Hill is really, really bad. That road really needs to be fixed. That road has been like that for the past 12 to 14 years. We the people of Jost Van Dyke think that it is high time that the road be looked after as Jost Van Dyke has been rated as one of the top destinations in the world as voted by Travelwise last year.”

“Everybody would see what happens here in Jost Van Dyke for New Year's and the amount of people that we draw to the island and I think that the Government needs to pay more attention to the people and the interest of this island,” the Jost Van Dyke resident and businessman said.

According to Chinnery, the road is a very important one as it is a vital link for people who own property on the hills and who want to do farming. He said a lot of young people want to build on the hill and a lot of people want to come back home from overseas.

“After today I would not be driving on that road ever again and that is a promise because it is literally death,” declared Chinnery.

10 Responses to “‘JVD road a death trap’ – Gerald A. Chinnery”

  • just asking.... (05/01/2016, 08:37) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    why he crying and his government is in?
  • cay (05/01/2016, 09:08) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    nothing was done for the pass four years so he finally woke up!
  • No Man (05/01/2016, 09:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's a grass path for donkeys and horses not vehicles! . My god. Government need to pay attention to these sister islands better. Find money from somewhere.
  • wize up (05/01/2016, 09:13) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mitch on the J.O.B now; by weekend will be corrected
  • ha (05/01/2016, 09:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hatchett Hill Road is more like Ratched Hill Road.
  • tell tale (05/01/2016, 13:31) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    They cant possibly find money anywhere else. They take all of our children education money to finance trips, festival and god knows what else.... Dont expect a real solution sir...wake up and join the fight. No rest till they all are eliminated.
  • egg face (06/01/2016, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This road highlights some of the dangers drivers face daily.
  • Crazy! (07/01/2016, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please we need to make sure of our priorities for the island, that road is definitely not a priority. What about the back road trip in Great Harbour?
  • Priorities (07/01/2016, 22:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the parking lot by the ferry dock.... shameful as an entrance to the main harbour. When I arrived it was flooded and taxis were trying to get us on board without getting muddy. First thing tourists see as they arrive in JVD. It's a matter of priorities. Make it THE most beautiful entrance.


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