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Mailboxes to be restored across VI

- most mail boxes were damaged during the hurricanes of 2017
Mailboxes left abandoned by the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Government following the hurricanes of September 2017 will be restored. Photo: VINO
The replacement and restoration of the mailboxes will coincide with the rehabilitation of various postal offices throughout the territory, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
The replacement and restoration of the mailboxes will coincide with the rehabilitation of various postal offices throughout the territory, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
Mailboxes abandoned since the hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO
Mailboxes abandoned since the hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mailboxes left abandoned by the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Government following the hurricanes of September 2017 will be restored.

The replacement and restoration of the mailboxes will coincide with the rehabilitation of various postal offices throughout the territory, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

“Even though the Internet is the most popular medium for exchanging written communication, there is still a need for the use of hard-copy letters and documents and parcels,” Honourable Fahie said during his National Budget Address for the Virgin Islands during the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola, on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

“In this regard, your Government will seek to undertake the rehabilitation and development of the various postal offices throughout the Territory. This includes the restoration and replacement of mailboxes to ensure continued delivery and receipt of mail by providing more resilient structures and to enhance the economic development of the Territory by ensuring the timely access to mail,” Hon Fahie stated.

During the 2017 hurricanes, many of the government mailboxes leased to residents were damaged, resulting in persons on Tortola journeying to the main post office in Road Town to collect their mails.

This has proven to be a challenge at times as mailbox holders must present identification and residents sometimes have to stand in long lines.

19 Responses to “Mailboxes to be restored across VI”

  • British (15/11/2020, 12:37) Like (53) Dislike (8) Reply
    Fix the damn place and stopped talking about NDP didn't do. With your boastful talk.
    • yeah (15/11/2020, 19:05) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      he is always with these 6 times per day repeated broadcasts trying his best to do damage control
  • VIP is garbage (15/11/2020, 12:38) Like (30) Dislike (11) Reply
    The things y’all spend money on when people are starving is baffling to me
  • Really? (15/11/2020, 16:18) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why bother with this? Who actually trusts BVI mail service for anything? I frequently get letters that were mailed a year ago.
  • Interesting (15/11/2020, 18:47) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's interesting how certain fundamental things that a country should have is not seen as important in the BVI. A decent and reliable postal system is a must. Why compare it with the internet? The use of private mail system should be an option but not our first choice. I'd you compare the mail system with the internet then I would suppose that's also your opinion about a library.

    BVI children don't even know what a mailman is. They travel overseas and see a mailman and it's an exciting event because they've never seen one. I remember at one time many moons ago people could have dropped off mail.in the mail boxes along the street. I still see one in Lower Estate.

    We must do better than this
    • Dulce (18/11/2020, 14:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      So true, Everything is halfway,haphazard, nonexistent,unenforced,sometimes,maybe perhaps and completely and totally a tragic comedy. Eample..in this day and age,water sometimes perhaps and the audacious waterbillls must be paid in person...no real public transport sooootaxi from West End to East End round-trip, depending on the whim of an unidentifiable taxi driver ,at least $50.00, likewise for an ATM/ banking. I get through it all by convincing myself that the inflated payroll of Civil Servants and elected Housing Subsidized Officials is a Circus with several Ringmasters and scurrying clowns and its all make believe and that tomorrow will be reality..A surreal rigamarole. Years now mailbox but being billed yearly for rental with no apology or explanation.
  • No damage (15/11/2020, 19:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    For a start please deliver the paper mail to the post office boxes that were NOT damaged by Irma. My box in Road Town had no damage from Irma but the BVI Post Office stopped delivering my paper mail to it. Why?
    • ?? (15/11/2020, 20:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      All boxes in Road Town were damaged and can open without keys if u keep playing with them. So why would they put mail in the boxes just because you think it's not damaged so u can report to them later someone stole your mail?? I'm sure they would prefer to have the mail out of the post office and not in their space
      • No damage (16/11/2020, 11:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Sorry, you are wrong. All the PO boxes in my 'wall' of boxes only open with the correct key and no other!
  • Correction (15/11/2020, 20:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    You do not have to present any ID to collect mail from Po Box only for General Delivery which was the same when there were Po boxes territory wide.
    • Faithful (16/11/2020, 09:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is incorrect information. I have seen with my 2 eyes persons being requested to show identification to clear their mailboxes. If the staff knows you, then you don't have to show an ID
  • Moving Right Along (16/11/2020, 09:16) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    first of all GET RID OF THE POST MASTER GENERAL. she's of NO USE.
  • Ah Tiuuuured (16/11/2020, 09:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you guys fix the street naming system instead (install signs, give the proper name of an area etc.) , so it's not hard for people to find addresses and make deliveries easier? Thanks
    • TruDat! (16/11/2020, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Better still - encourage the use of "what 3 words" which has mapped the entire globe (oceans too) in 3m x 3m squares.
  • Hmm (16/11/2020, 15:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell them to restore the water connection too for the laid off persons with children.
  • Improvement (17/11/2020, 05:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We not use the time and resources to implement house numbering addresses and have mailboxes at people property instead? This is a perfect opportunity to fix an aged/out dated system.


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