UDATE: Under pressure NDP moves to fix road in Third District
The day the article came out (February 7, 2013) was the same day the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration of Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith found the resources and time to partially fix the bad patches that existed for well over three months.
This has cemented what Hon. Fraser and many in the community have said for months; that the third district has been singled out for victimisation and neglect by the current Government.
In other words, many now see that without the pressure from the district representative via the article, many motorists would have continued to face the dangerous road condition on the stretch of road in the vicinity of Nanny Cay.
This is also another example where the At-Large system has failed because not one At-Large Member intervened to see if the situation could have been corrected even though many of them would have passed and seen the situation for many months.
Opposition Member and First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie has accused the NDP of taking from the rich to give to the poor. He said the government has done nothing since taking office in 2011 besides dishing out lucrative contracts and jobs for their friends, family and cronies while lying to the people that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government had left the country broke.
Recently, LGS and Associates, which is headed by Mrs Lorna Smith, wife of Premier Smith, racked up a $100,000 consultancy contract. The terms and conditions are unknown at this time.
See previous article posted on February 7, 2013
Hon. Fraser absolutely convinced Third District singled out for neglect!
- Says no road maintenance being done in district substantiates allegation
Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA is convinced more than ever that the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has singled out his district for abandonment and this he said can be substantiated by the fact that road rehabilitative work is being done in other districts while he has been pleading for similar work to do done in his.
“I have respect for the Government as it relates to what they are doing when it comes to maintaining the roads. What I don’t appreciate is when they tend to single out certain areas for abandonment,” Hon. Fraser told Virgin Islands News Online in an exclusive interview.
The district representative has been speaking out in public at every opportunity that presents itself and has been calling for Government to have the road issues in the Third District addressed. He was particularly concerned about a section of the road at Sea Cows Bay, in the vicinity in Nanny Cay, which was dug up by Water and Sewerage Department since last year and left unattended. “That road is not the only one that needs fixing but it is the main thoroughfare in getting to and from the West,” said Hon. Fraser.
Two weeks ago, Hon. Fraser said that he managed to get the Acting Director of Water and Sewerage Ms Perline Scatliffe-Leonard to visit the site to have the situation evaluated and on February 4, 2013 work commenced on one of the bad patches. “They started that piece of work and I would hope that they complete it very soon,” noting that he was pleased that Scatliffe-Leonard had given an assurance of fixing the problem.” Virgin Island’s News Online understands that one of the holes was compressed with sand but no further work has been done to date.
Hon. Fraser described the action of singling out his district for abandonment as sad. “When they do that they aren’t doing me anything it’s the people and it’s them who are going to suffer.” He added that it seems that not only his district but also some others have been singled out for abandonment and that kind of behavior is unacceptable. “I appreciate that this government, wherever they are fixing roads and maintaining them, but they need to do it to the whole Territory.”
Hon Fraser said that he has resigned to the fact that there will be no work done to his district by the existing Government. “I can live with that, its people’s interest, not me,” stated Hon Fraser. He recalled that during his tenure in Government as Minister there were loud cries that he was only doing works in his district but still insists that the road to his district is a very important one.
“Every ounce of garbage that is produced in this Territory has to travel along that road to get to the incinerator so…” said Hon. Fraser as he alluded to the significance of the road, which runs through the Third District, and that it should be of priority for maintenance by Government.
He alluded to another bad patch on the road not far off from Nanny Cay. He said water lodges in the hole and often causes vehicular traffic to be swerving away suddenly. “Heaven forbids that no serious accident has occurred there yet,” said Hon. Fraser.