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NDP got no permission ‘to place billboard on Gov’t property’- Chief Planner

- Billboard is soliciting votes on the grounds of Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre
The billboard appeared on the grounds of the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre—a government facility—in Sea Cows Bay on Tortola, yesterday, December 20, 2018 is soliciting votes from residents for the NDP in the upcoming elections. Photo: Team of Reporters
Chief Physical Planner, Gregory W. Adams when contacted said, “No permission has been granted to anyone to erect a political billboard on the grounds of the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay.” Photo: Facebook
Chief Physical Planner, Gregory W. Adams when contacted said, “No permission has been granted to anyone to erect a political billboard on the grounds of the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay.” Photo: Facebook
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Many residents have been calling Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), outraged to see that the National Democratic Party (NDP 1), headed by the embattled Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) has placed a billboard on government property.

The billboard appeared on the grounds of the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre—a government facility—in Sea Cows Bay on Tortola, yesterday, December 20, 2018, is soliciting votes from residents for the NDP in the upcoming elections.

A call by VINO to the Elections Supervisor, Ms Juliette Penn on what the law states with regards to using government property for political advisements, was referred to the Town and Country Planning Department.

NDP broke the law

Chief Physical Planner, Gregory W. Adams when contacted said, “No permission has been granted to anyone to erect a political billboard on the grounds of the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay.”

He also warned that under the Planning Act, any public billboard going up, “whether it is on public or private property, permission and approval must be granted by my office.”

Mr Adams said he is in process of working with the Government Information Service (GIS) to dispatch a public notice reminding all about the laws and that permission must be granted to display billboards in public space.

A call to the President of the NDP 1, Troy E. Christopher was not immediately returned up to publication time.

24 Responses to “NDP got no permission ‘to place billboard on Gov’t property’- Chief Planner ”

  • Robin Hood (21/12/2018, 12:42) Like (59) Dislike (13) Reply
    He not in yet and breaking the laws again smh!!!! NOT MY VOTE
    • Robbin Wood (21/12/2018, 13:53) Like (54) Dislike (8) Reply
      Not in you say??? He ain't getting in at all!!!
    • Citizen (22/12/2018, 07:58) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      It cannot be called government property, it is called Crown Land. Government are a body that are elected every 4 years, so if you say government the NDP is right. I love the BVI!!!
    • team (23/12/2018, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      Only dumb people like you would think is wise to blame the Hon.Myron...Isn't the Hon DR.Smith still the leader, Hon Myron only takes the helm when Dr.Smith bows out... you all need to stop let people mislead and read and comprehend for yourself
  • Lamblike Beast. (21/12/2018, 12:51) Like (58) Dislike (6) Reply
    They doing what they want, how they want and when they want. No respect for law and order in the Territory by this Gang.
  • SMH SMH (21/12/2018, 13:26) Like (57) Dislike (8) Reply
    NDP HAS NO RESPECT FOR NOBODY. NOT MY VOTE, I SICK OF THEM NOW!!
  • No Name (21/12/2018, 13:41) Like (53) Dislike (7) Reply
    MW does want he wants. He thinks he's about the law.
  • Yep! (21/12/2018, 14:09) Like (50) Dislike (3) Reply
    NDP has always been above the law without any impunities. Have anything change?
  • Diaspora (21/12/2018, 14:45) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    The NDP is the encumbent government, having served 3 terms. It is not its first rodeo so it should know better and must do better. This is an unforced error. It is a routine action to get permission to site a political billboard on government property, is it not? Why bring unnecessary attention to an already struggling party. Here is a news flash. Being in power does not give a party the right to do what it wants when it wants how it wants where it wants. Government has to set the example. As the late Norbert “Fix It” Wheatley use to say, fix yourself.
  • voter (21/12/2018, 15:01) Like (9) Dislike (42) Reply
    You'll make story for everything rubbish. The bible says live peaceable with all man.
  • wize up (21/12/2018, 17:10) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    2018 and people among us still suffering from 2017 devastation: every day is NDP this and NDP that
    • @ ,wize up (21/12/2018, 20:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Mehson go from here let the people speak
      • wize up (22/12/2018, 07:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        @@@ wize up: I done gone but I agree with U; because the billboard money could repair some roofs......you keep the faith
  • STOP IT ! (21/12/2018, 19:13) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Peace Perfect Peace in this dark world of sin. The blood of Jesus whispers, Peace Within. Be careful people,(politians, pastors, preachers,all)God is watching you.
  • Citizen (21/12/2018, 19:28) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    I really taught that NDP was the Government. You see that I believe NDP will win the next election.
  • same old (21/12/2018, 20:48) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    But vip has posters on government trees
    • wize up (23/12/2018, 06:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ same old: last election was the same song & dance(they have bigger billboards than us)...
  • Truth Sayer (21/12/2018, 21:17) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    No political signs should not be placed on the property of Government buildings It is very wrong and besides the sign is unsightly! Whoever put it up, needs to go and remove it.
  • dance (21/12/2018, 22:00) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    More to come
  • oops (22/12/2018, 17:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Smh! Are the turncoats suddenly vigilant of recent? Polisticking quite viscous these days. VIMP, PU, NDP and VIP and their switcherroos sho into their best at being ugly?
  • Road Town Rebel (23/12/2018, 07:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big sign billboards, ham and turkey I'm still voting VIP.
  • native (23/12/2018, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Aren't the utility poles belonging to government?? Why are we so petty? Putting a billboard any place has to do with who you place an X for once it's not on my bed...every legal voter already know who them voting for so if you have to wait on a billboard to be erected sorry....
  • True (23/12/2018, 09:23) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    What does this have to do with Hon Myron? Isn't Hon.Dr.Smith the leader of the party? I swear only in the Bvi.... Myron won't become active as leader or make decisions until Hon.Smith leaves, why you all think Dr.Pickering still there wait until the house dissolve people don't be fooled by the noise do your own reading and research don't be misguided by people who seeking power by trying to tear down others
  • two cents (23/12/2018, 11:27) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who the lamppost belong to? I see party flyers on a lot of lamppost!!!


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