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Keep Out! Social Security closes parking lot adjacent to TPP

Keep Out! Social Security closes parking lot adjacent to TPP. Photo: VINO
Several boulders have been placed at the entrance to the parking lot on Wickhams Cay, along with a sign warning that it is
Several boulders have been placed at the entrance to the parking lot on Wickhams Cay, along with a sign warning that it is "private property" and there should be "no parking at any time." Photo: VINO
Head of the BVI Social Security Board, Ms Antoinette Skelton, in an invited comment said, the entity was merely looking to secure the property ahead of preliminary works for the construction of its new headquarters. Photo: VINO/File
Head of the BVI Social Security Board, Ms Antoinette Skelton, in an invited comment said, the entity was merely looking to secure the property ahead of preliminary works for the construction of its new headquarters. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Many persons have expressed concerns that on the eve of the return of 'Cruise Ships' to the Territory, the ‘parking lot’ at the entrance of the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) has been closed off.

Several boulders have been placed at the entrance to the parking lot on Wickhams Cay, along with a sign warning that it is "private property" and there should be "no parking at any time."

Ready to build

Research confirms that the closed off land belongs to the Social Security Board (SSB).   

Head of the BVI Social Security Board, Ms Antoinette Skelton, in an invited comment said, the entity was merely looking to secure the property ahead of preliminary works for the construction of its new headquarters.

She told Virgin Islands News Online, the entity was getting ready to begin soil testing “any day now” and that the barricade and signage had been erected since last week.

Speaking to the need to secure the premises, Ms Skelton reminded that the property had been fenced following the hurricanes of 2017 and that there had been a chain and lock.

These, she said, were removed by persons.

According to Ms Skelton, the Social Security Board was also concerned that persons intruding on the property could be injured and this could pose a liability to the entity.

Asked about an accommodation to hold off on erecting the barricades until after the cruise ship visit, Ms Skelton reminded that work at the site is scheduled to commence with soil testing “any day now.”

“It wasn’t a consideration, when the decision was made,” said Ms Skelton.

The TPP did not respond to questions from Virgin Islands News Online as to the alternative parking.

 

22 Responses to “Keep Out! Social Security closes parking lot adjacent to TPP”

  • 1 (27/08/2018, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    at least its both sides
  • Scared (27/08/2018, 14:12) Like (27) Dislike (19) Reply
    too many 'skeltons' in the closet...where people supposed to park, on the astral plane?
    • NezRez (27/08/2018, 17:39) Like (35) Dislike (10) Reply
      You people need to grow up. You should count your blessings you were allowed to park there for free all of this time. It is NOT your property! Park your cars somewhere else and start walking exercise now. I too was parking there, but I have no problem going elsewhere and walking. How lazy can you get? SMDH.
  • SSB employye (27/08/2018, 14:22) Like (18) Dislike (33) Reply
    What a terrible woman!
  • @scared (27/08/2018, 14:45) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Leave your car home and carpool.
    • talk (27/08/2018, 18:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Easier said than done. Are you taking them to the shop, to their doctor visit, to pick up children
  • tcp (27/08/2018, 14:56) Like (57) Dislike (5) Reply
    Is there absolutely no town and country planning? So the future is for tourists to walk past a row of government buildings? Locals unable to shop at TPP due to no parking? Why are we not zoning this areas for tourism? Prime land is not for administration blocks, Where there is no vision the people perish.
  • ann (27/08/2018, 14:59) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    we will park in her big yard lol
  • WOWW (27/08/2018, 15:31) Like (25) Dislike (18) Reply
    Can’t wait till Ndp out for them to remove her miserable self.
  • Hog Head (27/08/2018, 16:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmmm. Smh.
  • ... (27/08/2018, 16:00) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ride a bike or walk
  • dumb people (27/08/2018, 16:05) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    Ayo such a set of duncie. Not because the public was allowed to park there means that it is public land. That is property S.S leased so if it was yours and you ready to prepare to build what would you do? Some ayo just sit to ayo phone and blog a heap of crap. Such a narrow minded society with people who never got nothing good to say about everything
    • SS lease (28/08/2018, 14:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      SS can sub lease for some nice shops, restaurant, paid parking... its entirely the wrong place for an administration building
  • NezRez (27/08/2018, 17:42) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    For you who said you will park there, I hope you have the money to get your car out of tow and pay a fine.
  • Lace (28/08/2018, 06:38) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    Time for that woman to go home. Has she not reached retirement age?
  • JACKS (28/08/2018, 09:14) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    Mrs Antoinette Skelton is one of the most compassionate persons I know . She is unlike many who are pretentious , she is a real G . I am who I am because of that tough love she gives with the gentle push to be the best you can be . Mediocrity is not in her book . Miss A many more young ladies need a mentor like you . Keep being you !
  • SMH (28/08/2018, 10:02) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Somebody explain to me how Ms. Skelton is a terrible person for blocking the lot because work is to begin any day soon? Stupidness. If it was your land to build something and needed to keep people out you would’ve done the same.
    • @SMH (28/08/2018, 21:26) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      I am a staff and she is a Beast dressed up as Cinderella for the public.
  • To bad (28/08/2018, 10:33) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Perfect example of how ignorence flows in the BVI. You give them an inch and they expect a foot.


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