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UPDATE – Fly baits put on JVD, dumpsite to be cleared

Garbage on Jost Van Dyke is said to be overflowing with bins and main dump area filled. Health Minister Skelton plans to visit the island today July 17, 2012 to address the situation. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following an “emergency invitation” issued by a resident of Jost Van Dyke to the Minister for Health Hon. Ronnie Skelton to visit the island to address garbage pile up on the island and flies, fly baits have been placed on the island and a commitment to clear the dump site.

On NDP Radio programme aired on July 16, 2012 on a local radio station, a caller, who said he was from Jost Van Dyke, revealed the situation where he said garbage on the island is reportedly piled up and overflowing and alleged that some businesses on the island were unable to sell food on July 16, 2012 due to excessive flies.

According to a Government release, it states that the Department of Solid Waste received a report on July 16, about the accumulated garbage in Little Harbor and White Bay and which resulted in a fly outbreak on the island which affected the community, especially restaurant owners.

It further stated that Manager of the Department of Waste Management, Mr. Anslem Myers travelled to Jost Van Dyke and investigated the reports. “Six cases of fly bait have been sent to the island. This bait will be placed around the bins and given to restaurant owners.” Additionally, the dumpsite will be cleared, the release stated.

The Ministry said it regret the inconvenienced caused to the JVD community and assured that measures are being implemented to prevent future reoccurrences.

Meanwhile, the caller who brought the attention to the Minister had also claimed that there is no heavy equipment machinery on the island, as usually an excavator is used to over the garbage at the dump site but, “they ain’t doing nothing and it that bad”.

“It’s really really bad for our health, the garbage has not been dealt with properly in the past five months,” the caller further charged.

Minister Skelton had explained that on the island they were making “arrangements” to see if they could have stopped open burning but it was not their intention to have the situation as the caller revealed.

11 Responses to “UPDATE – Fly baits put on JVD, dumpsite to be cleared”

  • little habour (17/07/2012, 09:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    jvd the forgotten island that is why we need our own rep...the at large people are useless
  • ooooo (17/07/2012, 10:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what a shame!...ndp got 4 atlarge ministers and one is the minister of the subject...plus we got claude over there giving out contracts
  • Flanks (17/07/2012, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is Alvin your rep? He should be lobbying on your behalf. that's what you get, same person, same representation, what you all expected? sometimes people need to suffer to come to their senses
    • heads up (17/07/2012, 17:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Goodness gracious can someone tell the NDP paid cowbirds that the election is over and they won????
  • BVEye (17/07/2012, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pickering should have sort this out long before it became a Health issue. Where you is, Doc? Oh yeah, telling stories about how a few boats in Trellis Bay destroying our environment! Get a handle on what needs to be done, Dr. Stop spreading nonsense and hate in a crazy race to get the Dr. Pickering International Airport through. We have REAL NEEDS in these islands that you CAN sort out. This is just one of them. So get on with it.
  • Mary J (17/07/2012, 15:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So if the people from JVD did not call in they would have been ignore..shameful
  • Movements (17/07/2012, 20:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ignore them for 2 more weeks, let them get the drift. They elected the guy that represented them for decades with the same crap. This issue didn't just come up, I'm sick of people demanding demanding but when it comes time to do something about it they think about their damn selves.
    • fat hen (17/07/2012, 23:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh no look how the ndp paid supporters and bloggers think they have reduced service to the sister islands to politics but a next election will come!
  • x factor (18/07/2012, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is it that the garbage is not being tended to when we have three at large Ministers???? I told you all the at large system is a waste of time!
  • pope (18/07/2012, 22:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    me naa eat ova dey just to many flies!
  • Village Girl (19/07/2012, 10:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    me ask again where is Alvin?


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