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Old cars along Ridge Road a disgrace- Parsons

- Hon. Christian says Gov’t trying; vehicle removal a major challenge
Former Legislator, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons, OBE has expressed disgust at the many old cars that are lined along the scenic Ridge Road area and referred to them as a disgrace. Photo: VINO
Mrs Parsons further complained that the cars have affected the scenic view that allows tourists travelling along the roadway to have a view of Guana Island. Photo: VINO
Mrs Parsons further complained that the cars have affected the scenic view that allows tourists travelling along the roadway to have a view of Guana Island. Photo: VINO
'I have never seen more old cars up on blocks… something should be done,' Mrs Parsons urged. Photo: VINO
'I have never seen more old cars up on blocks… something should be done,' Mrs Parsons urged. Photo: VINO
'I have never seen more old cars up on blocks… something should be done,' Mrs Parsons urged. Photo: VINO
'I have never seen more old cars up on blocks… something should be done,' Mrs Parsons urged. Photo: VINO
Territorial At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian said government has been trying with the issue since returning to government and has found it to be a major challenge. Photo: VINO
Territorial At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian said government has been trying with the issue since returning to government and has found it to be a major challenge. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
Some of the derelict vehicles along Ridge Road in Tortola. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Legislator, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons, OBE has expressed disgust at the many old cars that are lined along the scenic Ridge Road area and referred to them as a disgrace.

“The amount of old cars along the Ridge Road, it’s a disgrace and I wish something could be done to move them,” Mrs Parsons expressed on the NDP radio programme on October 7, 2013.

Mrs Parsons further complained that the cars have affected the scenic view that allows tourists travelling along the roadway to have a view of Guana Island.

She then made an appeal to Territorial At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian to intervene in the matter. “Hon. Christian, you are charged, I don’t know if it was the Premier who charged you with cleaning up the Territory and I would love you to take a ride along the road that I traverse to get to my house. I have never seen more old cars up on blocks… something should be done,” Mrs Parsons urged.

Vehicle removal a major challenge

In response, Hon. Christian stated, “Ms P[arsons], in all fairness to the government, government has been trying since it got back in. The removal of derelict vehicles from along our public roads is a major challenge,” he said.

He noted that one of the difficulties that government has, is that the two contractors usually assigned to remove and crush derelict vehicles are having some challenges with their equipment.

“It would appear that as fast as we remove vehicles, vehicles reappear,” the At-Large Representative added.

He pointed out that there was a private facility that had over thirty derelict vehicles on their private property but did not specify the location. He also noted that there was a location in Huntums Ghut that had a further twelve derelict vehicles in a small section of the neighbourhood.

“We have to find a solution to ensure that we remove them as quickly as possible and I think we will be able to offer some services somewhere down the road,” Hon. Christian related, “it is not easy, but we haven’t given up.”

29 Responses to “Old cars along Ridge Road a disgrace- Parsons”

  • Music (11/10/2013, 08:14) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    so in other words Ms. P is confiring what the ppl have been saying ndp has not done a thing since taking office
  • Long Trench resident (11/10/2013, 08:46) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply

    That bl*e truck has caused several accidents. Its right on a blink corner because of the high bushes on the other side of the road. It's really a shame because there are about 10 other vehicles in that yard that makes the whole neighbourhood look like a junk yard. And for some reason they keep adding more. If one is moved, it is replaced it with 2 more. Sorry for they neighbours, they must wish ppl could disappear just like all the vehicles.

  • Tow Truck (11/10/2013, 08:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The past and present District Rep.contribute to this problem in this area as they built that shack as a community center, but it became a garage/ dwelling for no taxes . Mrs Parsons cleaned this area more than once. Within days cars returned. Now, greater than 70% of cruise passengers cross this area ,the bush ,cars and sewage water on that area is a small fix for the present Gov. That will have a big impact to residents and visitors. Big uses to small to pad for personal perks.
    • Shara Parlin (11/10/2013, 13:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't overstand you? Do you think people here eat their school fees for lunch?
  • Mr. Walker (11/10/2013, 08:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mrs. P is right, and removal and disposal is needed in the short run. In the longer run, they need to look at this thing holistically. What creates derelict vehicles in such numbers? How can we tackle that? What are our clever, trained planners saying? Car dealers and gasoline dealers may not like some of the answers/solutions, but hey, the greater good should be our guide.
  • Well (11/10/2013, 09:00) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Disposal levy when importing vehicles!
  • hard times (11/10/2013, 09:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Abandoned vehicles should receive enforcement notices and penalty tickets. If they are not removed the owners should go before the Court. The DMV should assist in identifying owners and there should be a paid disposal system.
    Many roads here are disgrace and i doubt that visitors to these shores think they add to the scenic and rustic charm.
  • Media (11/10/2013, 10:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    A. Christian just like to see and hear himself on t.v and radio commercials, no one can name an area that has seen significant results. November will be two years.
  • 2 more years (11/10/2013, 10:47) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    archie better enjoy his last two years
    • mother end (11/10/2013, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This don't need Politicizing.. It needs proper presentation..
  • . (11/10/2013, 10:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    why she dont get pope to auction them off or get archie the garbage man to remove them??
  • Real Talk (11/10/2013, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Msn. P. and the saddest thing is the ppl have these old vehicles around their homes like garden ornaments looking so terrible.
  • Disgusted (11/10/2013, 12:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Then Lower Estate, Long Bush and Sugar Mill Road. One man start the old car pile up and others follow. It is embarrassing that the community has to look like that.
  • Unsightly (11/10/2013, 13:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is so difficult about disposing of derelict vehicles? Imagine government cannot operate effectively because it’s two contractors equipment have mechanical problem. This revelation says a great deal about government efficiency. Most of these vehicles have their license plate intact. In the absence of these tags, the owners ought to be identified from the VIN.

    Government must pass legislation that permits the presence of disabled vehicles on public roads to two days; after two day, assess fines for each additional day and or penalty for removal or disposal. Further, bans disabled vehicles on private property.

    The government is too lax and lacks consistency in enforcement of its statutes.
    These vehicles are surely a sore sight to community cleanliness and demonstrate in a most glaring fashion the proliferation of the Ghetto mentality.
  • voter (11/10/2013, 14:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    “It would appear that as fast as we remove vehicles, vehicles reappear,” the At-Large Representative added

    That is not good enough, Christian. Derelict vehicles do not appear out of thin air. You can't tell me that vehicles can appear faster than you can remove them.

    You only need to do three things.
    1) Pass the laws that make it illegal to keep a derelict vehicle in a public location for a given period of time.
    2) Remove the vehicles as soon as it is determined to be derelict and keep removing them.
    3) Bill the registered owner for the removal plus impose a fine for breaking the law.

    The territory has reverted to the untidy mess you campaigned on. You have given up and do not deserve our votes again.
  • shark (11/10/2013, 14:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tha black lablel kicking in now.whzt a thing.
    • Real Talk (13/10/2013, 18:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You should talk. Look around your parents house like a dam junk yard. I surprise the snakes have not gone with you all.
  • one eye (11/10/2013, 20:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    one of thoes cars looks like the x CIO own
  • Sewer (11/10/2013, 21:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    She also need to get the waste water to stop running in the road from her house too

  • Abby (11/10/2013, 23:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    This is nothing new! All over the island looks like this. East End junkyard owned by the L*t*--om*s is the worst and have been a disgrace for years and yet our political leader who sees this everyday does NOTHING! What is he there for? DO SOMETHING SO WE WHO LIVE HERE CAN ENJOY OUR LIVES! We hate this and we will now take pictures and give them to the Governor and maybe he will help us. They own heavy duty machines that can remove this eyesore. GOVERNOR HELP US!

  • Cameltow (12/10/2013, 08:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem savin up dem vehicles to trow in the water and build a new runway on.
  • HMMMMMMMMM (12/10/2013, 22:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U THINK THAT BAD WA HAPPEN TO THEM BOYS UP THERE IN BELLE VUE PARKING ON SIDE OF RAOD DAY IN DAY OUT BLOCKING TRAFFIC AND ALL THESE FOOD VAN ON SIDE OF ROAD
  • only now (13/10/2013, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only now they realize that?
  • the mecanic (14/10/2013, 09:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to buy some parts, but i dont now where the owner life...
  • Jim (17/10/2013, 13:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have seen a whole set up Jean Hil.....when I go walking i am disgusted by it!!!!!!!


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