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Update: Hon. Julian Fraser says Third District is being left behind

- says commerce needs to come to area
Hon Julian Fraser RA said that the Third District was being "left behind" as he also highlighted a number of issues affecting the the Territory at large and offered some clarification on others when he met with constituents last evening November 10, 2012. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA told constituents at a community meeting last evening November 10, 2012 that his district was being left behind.

During the meeting which was held at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay, Hon Fraser expressed that he felt the district was not receiving commerce. “There is no reason, for this 21st century,” he said “for each and every one of us in this area to get up in the morning, get dressed and head to Road Town to make a Living.”

He also said there was a “lack of coming together” to get projects completed even in the face of evidence that there were available financial resources to execute the projects.

The Third District Representative provided a number of updates on works currently slated for the district, many of which he suggested seemed stalled without any justifiable reason, adding further substance to his earlier claim about the district being left behind.

A number of additional burning issues affecting the Third District and the Territory at large were raised and some clarification was offered when the district representative discussed these at length with his constituents. They included issues such as the Financial Services industry, infrastructural development in the district and the recently approved CDB loan and the Peebles Hospital project.

The meeting was attended by approximately fifty persons, with a few others chosing to listen from outside. A few persons also took the opportunity at the close of the meeting to seek further clarification on some issues as well as express individual concerns that they had.

Hon. Fraser, the former Minister for Communications and Works was also keen on setting the record straight regarding the BiWater and Global Water Associates contracts; he remained heavily critical of the signing of the Protocols for Effective Financial Management by the current NDP administration.

Global Water Associates had reportedly threatened to seek legal action to recover approximately $22.9M, claiming that Government failed to honour two agreements.

Recently, an online news site claimed that Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal OBE said he never investigated the matter because it was never brought to his attention by the then Minister for Communications and Works. The headline of the article suggested that Hon. O’Neal said he was not aware of the contract although his alleged comment inside the article seemed to suggest Hon. O’Neal saying he was not aware of any problems with the Global Water Associates contract. Hon. O’Neal declined to comment when asked for clarification.

Hon. Fraser, however, told this news site that the Global Water Associates' contract was brought to the full knowledge of the then Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Cabinet and in fact Global Water Associates itself had terminated its contract through direct communication to the then Premier O’Neal.

33 Responses to “Update: Hon. Julian Fraser says Third District is being left behind”

  • 1 (10/11/2012, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    An opposition at work!
  • don q (10/11/2012, 11:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the liberator is their match!
  • bigger picture (10/11/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this is a "he said-he said", it will not be productive. I want to know how he got to fill in part of SCB without permits or environmental impact studies, public knowledge of a plan, and where he got the money.
    • Mitt Romney (10/11/2012, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      looking forward to this meeting for you are not to let anybody mamaguy yuh, and NDP try hard yuh know, they try really hard wid dem marketing arm
      • keep it real (10/11/2012, 17:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What is the difference between the VIP and the NDP? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

  • same old (10/11/2012, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bigger picture ayo ain't tired spreading the same old propoganda that ayo was spreading during elections which help ayo to get the government? Why you don't ask Ronnie to put back the millions of dollars he took out of our treasury for the hospital project starting from 2007 because he gave a questionable contract to build it from then to now to a Santo Domingo Contractor. Imagine now Ronnie, you & the rest of the NDP come now after ayo done take our money from 2007 & selling that the VIP left the country broke when in fact the NDP & Ronnie needs to look in the mirror for the culprit. I sick of ayo now talking nonsense. Fraser do your thing you & Fahie even if Ralph want to make joke with the same NDP that trying to kill him & done take his gas station from him. I use to like Ralph but he has to go.
    • brown skin (10/11/2012, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      u kno what u saying "same old"
      • GoonSquad (11/11/2012, 00:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To: Same Old, you and the rest of your goonies aint tired of that same old non-factual song? That money for the hospital was left right there for VIP to finish the hospital..but no, the then minister of Health along with the then minister of Commuications and Works had to go changing the plans thus making the cost to increase by millions..Ask them why they did not sign for the other half of the loan from the bank and tried to build the hospital from re-current monies? Only fools would do that. Re-current monies are to run the country not to build hospitals which are to be loan funded, that is one reason why the country went broke.
        • not he again (11/11/2012, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          GoonSquad Shut up, fool fool. I hope yu trip and pop ya mout
          • GoonSquad (12/11/2012, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            To:not he again..truth hurts!!YOU ARE one of the blind mice!! see ya!!
    • bigger picture (11/11/2012, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Same old:
      I never liked Ronnie either. found him self-important and opportunistic. Neither party really understands or has vision. For such a small place with 9 districts and a population of a medium town in the US, why can't anything get done using laws as the guideline? Both Fraser and Fahie and most of NDP have to go. We need fresh blood. And-- WHY-- is driving to RT so hard? Does SCB really need a commercial centre and then an industrial park (given the mounds of building supplies around, trucks and landfill). Who is overseeing the quality of life in the area? Big commerce is not necessary. Just look at pockwood pond.
      • BVEye (12/11/2012, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why can't anything get done, you ask? Because there IS NO LAW in the BVI until someone we don't like breaks the written rules. Then we say "it's the law, you broke it, you must be punished".
        Until that happens, politricks here is just pure wild west with politicians wasting the nation's money on whatever they want - contracts for stuff we don't need (Fraser, you are the master of nonsense expenditure - sidewalk to Nanny Cay??? Traffic lights against all advise from experts? And that traffic island by the airport! Lord have mercy) as well as simple, ridiculous gifts for people they like or owe a favor to. 'You my friend, lemme give you a contract.' 'You my cousin, lemme pave your road with government funds.'
        Das all a go on here. Playing with money and playing with rules.
        And all you party loyalists (VIP, NDP - no difference) ain't loyal to anything but your own self interest - and all you you know its true.
  • next time (10/11/2012, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just like the VIP messed up, and they got kicked out. The NDP is doing the same and will meet the same faith....Change is good.
    • hope (10/11/2012, 12:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      truth be told the old VIP should be dead and gone. A new VIP with a new vision, new leader, new candidate and embracing all people as it has always done in its 41 year history is perhaps the only hope.
  • THE REAL QUESTION (10/11/2012, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to know which party is genuinely committed to BVI interest.

    • soul train (11/11/2012, 12:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Scrape the bottom of the barrel long enough, you run out of barrel.
  • The Man (11/11/2012, 08:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I attended the meeting. Fraser has changed in my opinion. The man is more humble and wiser. He is the NEW LEADER of the REAL VIP
    • Me (11/11/2012, 12:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      First leopard known to change his spots. Wow!
      • snake (11/11/2012, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        This whole government is full of ......for what they are doing to the ppl of the third!!!!
  • Disinterested (11/11/2012, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The former MCW may be wee bit wiser and perhaps a bit wiser . However, lost of power, influence and social status humble politicians. Some members of the NDP had severe withdrawal and went into hibernation after its beating in 2007;VIP Is doing the same now after its surprising, self-inflicted beatdown in 2011.

    In regards to the former MCW assertion that the 3rd Dist. is not getting its fair share of resources, life is circular and what goes around comes around. Ask residents of the 8th Ddist how it feels to be left out. It was the infighting among VIP that doomed it. The lack of strong leadership, teamwork, cooperation, committment, anf lack of tangible results were the seeds of its it being put out to pasture. Badmindness is self-destructive.

    • Old Tired Story (11/11/2012, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh, enough with this old tired story about the 8th District not getting a fair shake under the last administration. that is pure bull. What District could bost getting more than the 8th with their million dolla Hawks Nest Road; their million dollar sewage project; their $3 million Francis Lettsome School; need I go on to mention the Green Land Field; Green Land Semetery; Green Land Road; and $1.2 million spent on roadworks; and another $1.2 million on civil mittigation works.

      So who the hell is kidding who? Take as long as you want and come back to me showing what Districts had more activities, and money than the 8th. Just trying to cause mischife without facts.
  • Grassroot (11/11/2012, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Same thing I said. Lets wait and see if this is the real Fraser. I did detect a change.
  • long look me come from (11/11/2012, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    NDP trying to spite Fraser but end up spiting the people of the 3 district..... they will really be making a huge mistake if they take the indigenous vote for granted because we are out numbered on the voters list. You see their strategy is to depend on the island people/expat vote who they keep handing out belongers status too and the few white votes to stay in power.

    The lesson Mitt Romney learn is that the minority vote; blacks, and Latino put Obama over the top even where whites are majority on the voters list. NDP stop treating locals like $h!t it will come back at you!!!

  • big time (11/11/2012, 18:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP mission is to cause havoc for ayo voting for Frazer.
    • Sally (12/11/2012, 01:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If what Frazer is claiming that the NDP is doing to his district is true, then they need to stop it for democracy’s sake and pursue pragmatic solutions to people's problems as opposed to playing word games which tended to make politics seem insufficient and counterproductive in these little islands.
  • Sea Cows Bay Massive (11/11/2012, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the third district needs a stimulus package hope Doc give we one on Tuhusday!!

  • 3rd (12/11/2012, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    im a NDP supporter, but i side Frazer on this 1, look how shabby SCB lookin, NDP u got to clean up my district mann, and give out some contracts, remember why we put u in, and the people aint sleeping, dont dissapoint me now, a promise is a comfart to fools, and we aint no fool.....
  • Catch-Up (12/11/2012, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The other districts are merely now trying to catch up to Sea Cow's Bay. Give them some time as Sea Cow's Bay is out in-front. No district will be left behind.
  • Isayso (12/11/2012, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's about time it get left behind there are other districts who were left behind also know is their time Mr Minister you are selfish
  • Come on (15/11/2012, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welsah ain't it funny how the tables turn? It wasn't nothing when third district was getting all the attention and everyone else's district was getting left behind huh especially us in the Eastern parts of the island. He never use to come through their as minister for communication

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