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JVD 'suffering' without Govt backhoe- Residents

- Resident Gerald A. Chinnery said Minister Vanterpool promised to have machine returned over three years ago; broken pipes take days to fix
An example of a backhoe at work. Photo: www.liugong.com
“The residents of Jost van Dyke want to know why for over six years they don’t have a backhoe loader within the Public Works system. The Public Works backhoe was taken off the island over six years ago for repairs and on to this day hasn’t returned back and it is costing the Government hundreds of thousands of dollars every month in hiring a backhoe to do patchwork on the road,” said Jost van Dyke resident and member of the Jost van Dyke Action Committee Gerald A. Chinnery. Photo: VINO
“The residents of Jost van Dyke want to know why for over six years they don’t have a backhoe loader within the Public Works system. The Public Works backhoe was taken off the island over six years ago for repairs and on to this day hasn’t returned back and it is costing the Government hundreds of thousands of dollars every month in hiring a backhoe to do patchwork on the road,” said Jost van Dyke resident and member of the Jost van Dyke Action Committee Gerald A. Chinnery. Photo: VINO
“When there is a broken pipe in the system it could take days sometimes for a hired backhoe to come and fix it,” Chinnery said. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
“When there is a broken pipe in the system it could take days sometimes for a hired backhoe to come and fix it,” Chinnery said. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Residents of the sister island of Jost Van Dyke are appealing to the Government to return a backhoe loader which was removed from the island about six years ago for repairs and never returned.

They complain that as a result of no backhoe within the public works system they are made to hire private machines at high prices to get work done on the island.

“The residents of Jost Van Dyke want to know why for over six years they don’t have a backhoe loader within the Public Works system. The Public Works backhoe was taken off the island over six years ago for repairs and on to this day hasn’t returned back and it is costing the Government hundreds of thousands of dollars every month in hiring a backhoe to do patchwork on the road,” said Jost Van Dyke resident and member of the Jost Van Dyke Action Committee Gerald A. Chinnery.

According to the vocal businessman, the residents of the community complained to Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

“He promised that it was going to be fixed and returned and that was over three years now and it hasn’t been returned nor a new backhoe placed on the island,” said Chinnery.

He said that due to the lack of the machine a lot of times road works or water works cannot be done in a timely manner.

“When there is a broken pipe in the system it could take days sometimes for a hired backhoe to come and fix it,” he said.

Efforts to reach Minister Vanterpool or someone else within the Ministry of Communications and Works for a comment proved futile.

12 Responses to “JVD 'suffering' without Govt backhoe- Residents”

  • JVD. (06/01/2016, 08:47) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    They forget to say it was used for their own private works too
  • ta ta (06/01/2016, 08:48) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dem evelops during the election should keep you all quiet
  • SB (06/01/2016, 09:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wishyou all a speedy recovery and hope JVD gets some sort of attenstion soon but election is long gone!.
  • wize up (06/01/2016, 09:34) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    New one on the way from China
  • l (06/01/2016, 10:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars a month? How much do they pay for backhoe work on JVD? The most it should cost is $15,000 a month.
  • Truth (06/01/2016, 11:48) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Same thing in Virgin Gorda. PWD does not have their own backhoe for years.
    • JACK BE STILL (06/01/2016, 22:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      the BVI will remain a dismal and uninspiring place for as long as tthis current Government play politics with everything
  • somebody need locking up (06/01/2016, 13:42) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where are those non working useless chinese equipment?
  • fish (06/01/2016, 18:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Election ova ayo suck salt
  • weed (06/01/2016, 22:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    two administrations seem intent on ignoring the threat of the poor living conditions of the people of the outer islands.
  • ok (06/01/2016, 22:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The construction and operation of roads via petty contracts have been a source of great wealth for many BVI politicians, for a very long time.


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