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New Library to cost treasury $31,600 a month in rent

-Building now houses Elmore Stoutt High School
July 4th, 2018 | Tags:
Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) (right), failed to advise the public of the cost based on square footage payable to Clarence Thomas Limited, or if this is the amount now being paid to house the students in the same building. Questioned were posed to him on the issue by Opposition Leader Hon. Andrew A. Fahie (R!). Photo: VINO/File
The building which is owned by Clarence Thomas Limited now houses the Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: Team of Reporters
The building which is owned by Clarence Thomas Limited now houses the Elmore Stoutt High School. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: The amount for the annual rent payments for the new location of the public library is $379,200.00 or $31,600.00 monthly.

However, the Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) failed to advise the public of the cost based on square footage payable to Clarence Thomas Limited, or if this is the amount now being paid to house the students in the same building.

He was at the time providing answers on some ‘petty’ contracts that had been inked by the Ministry in December last in the House of Assembly sitting on Thursday June 28, 2018.

Hon Walywn was asked to provide the cost of removing the public library from its former location and what is the amount of the annual rental payments for the new location of the public library.

No money paid?

According to the Minister for Education and Culture, “the amount of money expended to date for the fitting out of the new premises for usage by the public library at the old Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL) building is zero dollars.”

He said, the Road Town Public Library was officially closed on May 16, 2016 and had been closed for a period of two years and one month.

According to Hon Walwyn, the scheduled date for reopening of the Road Town Public Library is not available at this time.

He said however “the contracts were signed and sent to Treasury for processing of first payment on August 31, 2017 but no payment was processed because of the hurricanes.

The Chairman of the National Democratic Party stated, with the catastrophic hurricanes in September 2017 that devastated the largest secondary school in the Territory, a decision was made to use the proposed library space at the old CTL building located in Pasea Estate for housing the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) on a shift system.

Where is our public Library?

“This space will continue to house the ESHS until the rebuilding of the old campus is completed,” he said.

Many residents and commentators have lambasted the Minister for having the Library remain closed for so long. They have asked “does the Minister for Education know what a library means to a country and in this case, to our Territory?”

A library promotes culture, a library is a public space with the requisite resources that allows all citizens access to tools for the development of good citizenship. A library is fundamental to a healthy community, many have argued.


21 Responses to “New Library to cost treasury $31,600 a month in rent”

  • one eye (04/07/2018, 15:31) Like (44) Dislike (11) Reply
    keep this guy mvw away from the Treasury
  • Gosh man! (04/07/2018, 15:45) Like (51) Dislike (3) Reply

    Rent for What????????

    These people sick man. You paying the mortgage for CTL whole building with that?

    That is money squandering . I believe some peddle back is involve here cause never in my dreams I thought rent can be so high and to put in book and study tone at that.

  • Read a book MF (04/07/2018, 16:24) Like (72) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why rent when you could build one
  • NO COMMENT (04/07/2018, 16:34) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    until the square footage is ascertained for those who understand the numbers. Value per sqft is of utmost important in order to determine common sense thinking here. How many more lease/rent properties by gov’t are in this similar bracket per sqft?
    • half full (04/07/2018, 21:25) Like (15) Dislike (22) Reply
      Considering the square footage, it’s One of the most affordable commercial space in BVI - plus there is parking.
  • Worker Purcell estate (04/07/2018, 16:55) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    That’s the same building where the school is present and the owner was collecting payment long before the hurricane the workers were placed in different government departments when the old library closed
  • MEME (04/07/2018, 17:21) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply

    Library is long overdue and badly needed.
    Money to be paid to rent the building identified could easily pay for a building properly outfitted to house a decent library with better access. Let us wise up and stop paying other peoples mortgages.

  • clarence who? (04/07/2018, 17:42) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply

    why are they paying rent to anyone? the schools and library are public, gov't backed. why does he get all this money and how can they stand the light of day? Guess which bank they ha ha.

  • NDP supporter (04/07/2018, 19:41) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    So this deal is why he betrayed Ronnie and voted for bald head. Now I understand.
  • Welsah (04/07/2018, 20:55) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Taxpayers better think twice for this upcoming election because we are paying for all these tabs. Country still suffering and it remains business as usual without any change in behaviors. The youths are watching for sure. Who to set the examples?
    • A youth (05/07/2018, 01:47) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      @welsah. And they tell us to work hard while they are helping themselves to the top amongst themselves. Let them come around this time. We witnessed the wall, the airline, and now these outrageous rent rates. When will it end?
  • wize up (04/07/2018, 21:19) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    I have a question: how much was the former landlord raking in??(some of us gets offended when the coppers not going into our affiliates pockets)....just saying
  • Morality (04/07/2018, 21:49) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is the social conscience? They dont have the vision and courage to build a national library.but they are content to flush taxpayers' money down the drain for political gain. That is disgusting and sick. It is a public disgrace and there should be a public outcry.

  • idea (04/07/2018, 23:41) Like (42) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have an idea. With our 'museums' damaged or destroyed by the 2017 hurricanes, let's build a cultural complex that can house both a national library and a decent museum.

    Worth the thought.
  • Jill (05/07/2018, 00:01) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow! I understand that property is rented by the Sq ft but does government need that much for a library? when certain people cannot have it that way they go around speaking ill of government. Government need to look at the most reasonable options and not considered renting at that cost.
  • Political Observer. (PO) (05/07/2018, 16:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lack of a government-owned facility to house the central library is due poor planning, oversight.........etc is a failure that has to be shared by sucessive governments. No government seems to see the value in securing a permanent home for the Central Library. Every country has a library, ie, the ones with a high literacy rate......etc. Libraries are more than books. They housed and archived historical documents. They are public spaces where people go to read borrow books, read newspapers, view historical documents, conduct research........etc. Due to the failure to see the urgency and importance of a library, government is paying $31K to rent a space to house the library. The money being spent on rent should be used to construct a central library.
  • NezRez (06/07/2018, 19:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Utterly ridiculous! You know we have crown land that can build a library for 1/3 or 1/2 the cost and never have to pay someone for using their land ever again. This is outrageous spending. This is why the UK don’t trust us with money anymore. Waste waste waste!
  • Windy (07/07/2018, 11:04) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    One must realize that not all that money doesn't go to CTL. A big part goes to a couple politicians
  • Shocked (10/07/2018, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is robbery if you ask me. Some,of these businesses men have no shame. The Government is broke as is and here the kind of money they charging? Financial rape...God have mercy on them all.

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