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UPDATE: Compensation for land still owed for Brandy Wine Bay project

[L-R] Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn and Territorial At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian. Photo:VINO
Hon. Pickering said that currently two proposals are on the table that were submitted by government experts. Photo:VINO/File
Hon. Pickering said that currently two proposals are on the table that were submitted by government experts. Photo:VINO/File
Brandy Wine Bay Beach. Photo:VINO/File
Brandy Wine Bay Beach. Photo:VINO/File
A section of the audience at the community meeting. Photo:VINO
A section of the audience at the community meeting. Photo:VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI - Government is yet to complete compensating land owners for the portions of land identified by Government as needed for the proposed Brandy Wine Bay development project. This was noted as one of two hindrances to the start of the project that will see the Brandy Wine Bay beach transformed into a major entertainment centre.

This disclosure was made by Deputy Premier and Representative of the Seventh District, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering during a joint community meeting between the 7th and 8th Districts at the East End/Long Look Community Centre on February 13, 2013.

“The Government wants to develop Brandy Wine Bay Beach so that Brandy Wine Beach becomes a major entertainment centre,” said Hon Pickering.

This developmental project would entail the removing of the existing road which is deemed absolutely necessary if any major development is to take place at Brandy Wine Bay. Hon. Pickering said the road is too close to the beach and would not auger well if there is to be any major development. “If we are going to enhance the beach we are going to put concession stands, we are going to create entertainment areas.” It would also make provisions for the creation of a theatre.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour said that there are two impediments to doing anything at Brandy Wine Bay, one being that families that own lands close to the beach had outstanding claims against the government for portions of lands between the road and the beach that still belong to them since the government has taken over and not compensated. “So we’ve been waiting diligently to have that resolved,” said the Deputy Premier.

There are reportedly approximately five families in this claim and that two are already in receipt of their payments. “There are some family issues with the others so we’ll put the money in escrow and leave it until we can get those families to give them the cheque but that wouldn’t stop the project,” he noted. 

The other issue, Hon. Pickering said, has to do with the location of where the new road will be and to-date there are two proposals on the table that were designed by the experts of the Survey Department.

Statue for Christopher Fleming

Hon. Pickering also re-tabled the proposal for the erecting of a monument in the Long Look/East End Park which is currently under Construction. He told the gathering that the idea was to have the monument erected in honour of Mr. Christopher Flemming to showcase some of the historical significance that he represented.

“The overall vision for the revitalization of Long Look is that we want to tell the history of the Nothingham Estate. We want to tell visitors and locals what the Nothinghams did some two hundred and odd years ago. We want to ensure that their story is told.”

Flemming is a historical figure often remembered for standing up to authority. He was believed to have been a long time resident of the Long Look area and lived from 1851-1935.

The second proposal was for the painting of pictures of four significant other persons on a recently constructed and painted wall in the community, one of the late T. B. Lettsome, one of the late Leslie Malone, the late Moses Stephens and the other of Mr Ivan Lettsome. “Each of those four persons would have played vital roles in the community,” said Hon Pickering. The proposal also entails the placing of plaques on the wall, which will tell the story from slavery coming forward to present. It is anticipated that a similar project will be extended to the Josiah’s Bay community.

The promised assistance by pier partners for the development for at least two beaches are also being considered by the government. “Those are discussions that are ongoing they are not cast in stone.”

The opening up of one of the reefs in the community was seen as a major step in the developmental process for the two districts. “We are also in the process of conducting the major environmental assessment that is necessary... That is critical to any dredging that has to take place and the development of the fishermen’s dock at Red Bay,” said Hon Pickering.

Hon. Pickering also announced that March 1 will be first National Fisherman's Day. This is part of the plans to combat the issues affecting fishermen in that industry. He said that there are number of problems affecting the developing the fishing industry, one being the absence of a large enough complex for the storage of catches. “As a government we have spent over $200,000 on the fishing complex…. but more than that we want to increase on the storage capacity.”

Confession

“First of all I want to acknowledge that there are serious water shortages to our Territory,” said Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool, while noting that his team is working very hard to try to correct it. “I am not going to promise that it is going to happen overnight, we have a plan and we’re working on.”

He further admitted that has been the need for water rationing water, which has recently increased. Hon. Vanterpool said as recent as Tuesday February 12, 2013 a broken motor at the Baugher’s Bay plant was replaced. “Hopefully during this week we are expecting to refill the plant at Fort Hill and pump more water up to the Sabbath Hill reservoir to be able to provide more water on Ridge Road,” said Hon. Vanterpool.

He made it very clear that the water supply would not be on a daily basis immediately because they are looking at the production of water at the Baugher’s Bay plant to be at a higher level over the next several months in order to fill the reservoirs on a more consistent basis in the Town areas, up the hills and over to Cane Garden Bay and Ridge Road.

Eighth District Representative Hon. Marlon A. Penn spoke at length of a number of projects that were completed in the past year and those being given priority to date. He said work was being done to complete two more phases of the sewerage problem before the end of the 1st quarter of 2013. “We were able to get at least two additional phases of that project completed. We are looking to restart that project in short order. As the Premier rightfully said in the House of Assembly he is fully committed to that project, so we’ll get the necessary funding to move that project along.”

Hon. Penn also alluded to a number of road works which were done to most of the secondary roads in the community. “That has been a concern to a lot of our residents too.” He added that due to limited resources they were unable to pave as many roads as they would have desired. He publicly thanked a number of contractors who proved to be corporate citizens by giving free services towards the fixing of some of the secondary roads in the community.

Among those that attended the meeting were Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton and Territorial At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian.

See previous story posted on February 13, 2013

Monument for the late Christopher Flemming in Long Look proposed 

Deputy Premier and Representative of the 7th District Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering and 8th District Representative Hon Marlon A. Penn have both alluded to plans to develop the Brandy Wine Bay Beach to transform it into a major entertainment centre.

This proposal would necessitate relocating the road which currently runs parallel to the Brandy Wine Bay beach. Hon. Pickering said that currently two proposals are on the table that were submitted by government experts.

This was announced at the joint meeting called by the 7th and 8th District. Representatives at the East End/Long Look Community Centre this evening, February 13, 2013.

Hon. Pickering has also proposed the erecting of a Monument for the Late Christopher Flemming. He has also proposed the painting of pictures of four significant persons in the history of the Nothingham Estate, Long Look.

Flemming is a historical figure often remembered for standing up to authority. He was believed to have been a long time resident of the Long Look area and lived from 1851-1935.

The plan is to keep the rich history of Nothingham Estate alive and to educate the un-learned of the significance of the history.

Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool admitted that there is a very serious water shortage in the Territory and thus the need for water rationing. He also promised that there should be an improvement in the supply of water by next week.

Among those attending the community meeting were Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, and At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian.

Hon. Pickering also announced that March 1 will be first National Fisherman's Day.

A fair number of persons also attended the meeting.

19 Responses to “UPDATE: Compensation for land still owed for Brandy Wine Bay project”

  • white house (13/02/2013, 22:18) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    good job Picko
  • @@@@ (13/02/2013, 22:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the Big news here? suckteeth
  • pat (13/02/2013, 23:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    FLemming would be a good subject of a story for the newspaper (then and now- or who are they? segment). Maybe a plaque would be educational because text could describe who he was, but more monuments are going to overrun the place eventually.

    As for "entertainment centre", is that where the ferris wheel going to go? Who are the "experts" who suggested moving road? there are houses across the street. And why are we always looking for entertainment areas? Visitors make their own entertainment. dumping sand over sea grass wasn't so swift either.
  • ooooo (13/02/2013, 23:52) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    more waste of public funds
  • school children (14/02/2013, 10:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    the cuban gonna take poor bacalow gordon's land....reverse robinhood
  • concern person (14/02/2013, 10:13) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Stop erecting statues and graving images of people that is going backwards to pagan days and can have bad results and bring on the wrath and punishment of the Creator on this country mr. pickering read your holy book. as for the land pay what the land is worth deal fairly with the people do not wrong them and take one day at a time as well as one project to much being done one time slow down before the country ends up going under.
    • shaw (14/02/2013, 12:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      buying land is premature without checking the plans and asking the people. I agree- too much going on.
  • cnn (14/02/2013, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing there!!!!
  • bigger picture (14/02/2013, 11:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unfortunately, here again is a plan that seems to be moving forward based on 2 "experts" without the public understanding what is going to happen as an entertainment centre. Only a handful of people who attended the meeting heard that. What does it mean to that area and what is going to happen? Why do we have to find ways of "entertaining" instead of just "being".? I think this is another stab at trying to impress the world of cruise ships instead of taking care of local business first.
  • qc (14/02/2013, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this young fella Kedrick is close to dem VIP men dem
  • back in time (14/02/2013, 14:53) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look at Myron with his head down...he shame he cannot control Pickering like he try to control Mark, Alvera and Marlon
  • Mother earth (17/02/2013, 03:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We will have our own Arab Spring if the ndp govt. thinks that they can keep inflating and wasting our money, with management tactics that led to measures like these! want to take our lands
  • Brandywine Bay (17/02/2013, 10:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Although i am for NDP this is indeed one project i can not stand behind....as a resident of brandywine bay from the day i was born til now i honestly do not believe that the Government thought this plan out well....And I will begin with the front...the proposed consession and entertainment stands that they wanna build along the beach are they gonna have a reserve fund put aside for restoring those buildings when a hurricane such as Hugo has to pass thru? (although we've been blessed not to experience such in a long time) It seems as they've forgotten that the sea reaches as far as on residents door steps bringing along with it corals, fishes etc... there is sooo much more when it comes to the beach side.....now lets take it to the back where they want to move the public road thru the Pond...Again would you have reserve funds this is an area that is like a swamp it is always sinking if not well filled with dirt and settled for many years....Let's look at the November 2003 floods residents such as myself and others had to park our vehicles to the bottom of the hill and build a bridge from woods found in the hardest area in order to walk to our homes up in the hills....vehicles tried to drive through but was never successful as the inside of their vehicles got flooded....the pond is also a habitant for many wild lifes whenever the pond is filled the residents can hear the ducks in the ponds and those in the hills can see them swimming in the pond....The pond is also filled with many mangroves do they plan to damage these Mangroves to erect this land?.....How about these Home owners who's houses is already build and have storages etc to the back of their homes by placing the public road behind their houses you're now exposing the back of their houses to the public which may not be bearable to the eyes of tourists who has to travel on that very same road and residents of the BVI alike....Is the government prepared to assist these home owners in cleaning or renovating the back of their buildings or yards as they will now be exposed? there are sooo many more i would like to add or ask but this will have to be done directly to the Government especially my District Rep. who is the leader of this not thought out well plan...


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