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No timetable set for Third District sewerage relief! – Hon. Vanterpool

Works Minister Hon Mark H. Vanterpool told residents that there was no timetable in place for a solution to the sewerage problem in the Third District. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the NDP on the Road community meeting in Sea Cows Bay on April 29, 2013. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the NDP on the Road community meeting in Sea Cows Bay on April 29, 2013. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – With the Third District fast becoming a vast residential and commercial area, according to a resident, answers remained up in the air about when relief would be provided in the area of a proper sewerage disposal system for the community.

“Is there any plan by this government to develop the sewerage system in the Third District?” the resident questioned.

Responding during a National Democratic Party (NDP) community meeting held in Sea Cows Bay on April 29, 2013, Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool told the resident that the community remained on a priority list for the time being.

He advised that the government is trying to resolve the Territory’s sewerage issues in the most vexing area at the moment, which was the East End/Long Look Community. “That’s something that we are trying to resolve as quickly as possible,” Hon. Vanterpool stated.

He indicated further that the Road Town area was another of particular concern. “In the Road Town area, a lot of the pipes that have been there for 40 years or so are collapsing and we’re trying to get that resolved before it becomes an embarrassment in the town,” he added.

According to the Works Minister, “We are also concerned about the issue that the sewage that is not being treated to the highest level as it should [and] is being pumped out into the sea in the Duffs Bottom area… Slaney going up to the water there,” he noted.

The Minister told the residents assembled that government plans to address that situation as soon as possible in attempts to mitigate and reduce it.

He explained that plans are being drafted to build a sewerage treatment plant in the area across from Fort Burt to be able to treat the sewage to a point where effluent that is put out at sea is not harmful.

Hon Vanterpool then related that “Sea Cows Bay is the third most important area for us to tackle when we want to tackle the sewerage programme, so as [soon as] we have completed the East End/Long Look and the Road Town area, we’re going to move towards Sea Cows Bay as the next natural area to move to, to try to hook the Sea Cows Bay area into the sewerage programme that we will be establishing…”

The resident then shouted a request asking whether there was a timetable attached to the project’s fruition.

But Hon. Vanterpool said, “I honestly won’t want to give you a timetable because I don’t have one for that.”

He advised that there was a possibility that the East End Long Look project may be completed within the next two years and offered that the Sea Cows Bay issue would be ‘tackled’ sometime after that.

25 Responses to “No timetable set for Third District sewerage relief! – Hon. Vanterpool”

  • . (03/05/2013, 07:55) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    Mark dont normally do work outside his district
    • ann (03/05/2013, 08:51) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
      so true but only in the 8th after pressure from Malone
    • Observer (03/05/2013, 09:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      now thats not true only problem the minister has is he is trying to do to many things at once ,he needs to slow down a bit concentrate on the one thats most important to the territory instead of trying to please tom and harry at the end of the day is the thing at affect the most that counts. I my mind i believe the minister means well and want to see this country prospering .So lets encourage the minister .
    • !!!!!!! (03/05/2013, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (18) Reply
      all this is talk and no action from the action man!
  • HELP HELP HELP (03/05/2013, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (25) Reply
    Shame on you Mark the 3rd is always last!!!!

    • Seeker of TRUTH (03/05/2013, 11:12) Like (0) Dislike (27) Reply
      they are in no rush to do anything for Mr. Fraser's district.
  • town boy (03/05/2013, 09:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    you need to stop lie..the Action Man do work all over........
    • Man Thing (03/05/2013, 09:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dear God, what happened to my country?

    • Shara Parlin (03/05/2013, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
      Well the NDP are spending a s**tload of money on consultants hope something is left over for fixing swerage
  • dog (03/05/2013, 09:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    thsi is one of those health issues you can't put on the back burner. It also points out that building is going up faster without considering supporting infrastructure to include electricity, water, sewage etc. Look how fast SCB is being developed without putting in place the foundation for a sustainable development? Along with oversized buildings, I see that Duffs Bottom is spewing open sewage into the water. And for pitty's sake, why are we putting a sewage treatment plant below Fort Burt- across from the last mangroves and marina-- and just steps from both the Pub and Prospect Reef? Isn't that revealing too much to the potential tourist at the newly rennovated potential 5-star hotel? He is so ignorant.
  • jj (03/05/2013, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a ting to tell the king
    • power move (03/05/2013, 17:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply VIP ,u jus sorry that is not ur party in power...

  • Fazser (03/05/2013, 09:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wonder what the rep for the third did for this four years with the sewage in the third?
  • vince (03/05/2013, 10:18) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fraser was Minister for 8yrs down there and didn't fix it but they want mark do it in 15months. wow
    • The Watcher (03/05/2013, 11:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The government has already seen to it that taxpayers service the multi-million dollar debt created by all the stopage of the sewerage projects over the years
    • @ vince (03/05/2013, 11:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now STOP bumping allyuh gums, about people you cannot get out of office! You should have known this from the Get-go but you in now so let us see what you can do!! BAM!
    • I agree (03/05/2013, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you are going to criticise the current govt. on something which its predecessor is also guilty of, it is only fair to acknowledge the common culpability.
  • yellow (03/05/2013, 13:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does Vanterpool realize that the seweage projects are one of the major hallmarks of his administration?
  • One Mark (03/05/2013, 13:07) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark shouldn't ask where the money for sewage gone. He didn't ask where the money gone when he was spending a million plus on each of the following in his district: Craft Alive, Hospital Parking lot; Mance Road; cruise Pier; & many more. We need to ask Mark where the money gone?
  • ---------------- (03/05/2013, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Then BVI needs smart, skilled, transformational political leaders with grit! We don't have those leaders in the BVI!

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