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UPDATE: Island-wide clean-up campaign kicks off in Road Town

- Vanterpool takes "immediate" measures to clean up city
Hon. Vanterpool inspects the ongoing cleanup work in Road Town. Photo: VINO
The removal of derelict vehicles will be a major part of the planned clean-up campaign by Government. Photo: Inside Possie
The removal of derelict vehicles will be a major part of the planned clean-up campaign by Government. Photo: Inside Possie
Some of the garbage discovered during the bush cutting exercise in Road Town this morning. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
Some of the garbage discovered during the bush cutting exercise in Road Town this morning. Photo: Reuben Stoby/VINO
The workers were also being careful not to destroy mangroves. Photo: VINO
The workers were also being careful not to destroy mangroves. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Only a matter of hours after it was announced that Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Development, would be embarking on an island-wide cleanup campaign, work has begun in Road Town.

The work, which started this morning Tuesday November 22, 2011, is being done by contract as according to Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, it was seen as urgent.

He told Virgin Islands News Online that the cutting of bushes and removal of garbage would be done from the waterfront area in the vicinity of the Commercial Court to the Queen Elizabeth II Park where the National Parks Trust (NPT) has already been sprucing up the surroundings in time for the upcoming mega concert series this weekend.

"This area has been overgrown for quite some time. If we hadn't cut these bushes in front you would not have seen the water on the other side. So we are cutting the bush and in cutting them we have discovered major amounts of garbage in the area." The bushy area was apparently a secret dumping ground as several bags of garbage were discovered there. The current contract for the cleaning of the waterfront area is being overseen by the Public Works Department.

"This is something that we thought was very urgent so we are going to get it done right away," Mr. Vanterpool said.

Meanwhile, the 4th District representative said he could not say when the island-wide campaign would kick into full gear with all the volunteers but noted that the Minister for Health and Social Development is pushing to have it done before the Christmas season starts. "We have a number of volunteer groups but welcome more volunteers. The Road Town group will start work from Slaney to the town but in the meantime we are getting this moving and as you can see it is major job here and we are going to make sure it happens."

The Minister had said on NDP Radio last evening November 21, 2011 that Government, through the assistance of volunteer groups from various districts, would soon be embarking on an island-wide clean-up campaign that would see the removal of derelict vehicles a major part of the exercise. Hon.r Vanterpool was at the time responding to a caller, who had enquired about the removal of derelict vehicles around the island. The caller wanted to know when Government was to deal with the problem.

“I know that the Honourable Minister responsible for Health, under which solid waste comes, is planning an island-wide clean-up... I believe we will reveal it very shortly within a week or so where they are going to begin a total clean-up of the country including derelict vehicles’ removal.”

The Works Minister further stated that the process of serving notice to persons for their derelict vehicles to be removed “will begin with the solid waste group as you know within the legal boundaries”.

It was also said that a number of volunteers are planning to assist in the island-wide clean-up campaign including groups in Road Town and Look Look and in the 5th District.

Since the enforcement of the Derelict Vehicles (Disposal) Act in 2003, the department has removed thousands of abandoned vehicles from the Territory’s roadsides, however, there remains a number of derelict vehicles yet to be removed in various parts of the island. Under the Act, the Solid Waste Department is empowered to dispose of abandoned vehicles after alerting owners by posting a notice on the vehicle.

The Derelict Vehicles (Disposal) Act was established to promote a healthy environment within the Virgin Islands and to reduce the risk of vehicular accidents. Once the vehicles have been processed at the storage site they are shipped to a steel mill for recycling purposes.

Meanwhile, the last major clean-up exercise was done in November last year and was dubbed the 2010 Clean Sweep, BVI You’re Beautiful campaign, which was spearheaded by the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board in conjunction with the Premier’s Office, the Departments of Conservation and Fisheries, Solid Waste, Environmental Health and Public Works.

Some of the areas cleaned included Road Town, the Ridge Road, Cane Garden Bay, Brewers Bay, Sea Cows Bay, West End, Parham Town, Mount Healthy, Trellis Bay, East End, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Virgin Gorda.

Many volunteers and sponsors participated in this campaign which saw more than 300 bags of trash and debris collected and over 10 miles of coast cleaned.

16 Responses to “UPDATE: Island-wide clean-up campaign kicks off in Road Town ”

  • winham (22/11/2011, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lets hope they clean up them own house too! oooooooppppps
    • Crank Shaft (22/11/2011, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did you clean your mother own for the day? Go take a seat you damn RETARD!!
    • billy b (22/11/2011, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      whether or not they clean up their houses, is that any business to you, do you have to traffic in their houses??? Sound like something a disgruntled VIP LOYALIST would say. Hmm it just might be you loyalist, since you've retired your blog name in shame
    • SAY (23/11/2011, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @winham: You are an big A$$ you go clean your house first by the time you finish you would not have time to say anything more you will be old by then because you have so much to do a$$
  • paul (22/11/2011, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i congratulate the new government the BVI look like a dirty room!
  • hollowee (22/11/2011, 11:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO what's up with that photo???only whites do spring cleaning? eh?
  • whatIthink (22/11/2011, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to hear about enforcement of the Litter Abatement Act. I want to hear that all those people whose private properties look like junk yards will be penalized. I'm not in this with cleaning up after people instead of fining their behinds into oblivion so the need for Cleanu-Ups is eradicated one time! Who is supposed to be enforcing the Litter and the Environmental Health laws? Is like all these agencies and departments sleeping but I must come out and clean up the island! Three months time it will look just like how it looks now because the perpetrators and the litterbugs know they can do as they want! ENFORCE THE LAWS!!!
  • giaa (22/11/2011, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they could clean from now till kingdom come, without proper environmental legislation, policies and enforcement, they will be cleaning till the end of time.
  • Crank Shaft (22/11/2011, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jesus the people here are NASTY!! WOW!!
  • ccc (22/11/2011, 15:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the action man gone mad...he is everywhere
  • Jog (22/11/2011, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please Please clean up that area where those Fonseca boys are with those boats and washing down cars!!!!!!!!!!! No parking, tourist coming and seeing all that clutter.
  • voters (22/11/2011, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Vanterpool on top more will ayo call the man broke.... chi ching! chi ching! chi ching!
  • ..... (22/11/2011, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These guys are doing a really good job.
  • Mmm (22/11/2011, 16:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People really throwing garbage there.....geez man...nasty people.
  • TISTIME (22/11/2011, 19:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is anyone coming to Cane Garden Bay to clean up? There is a red vehicle parked close to 'De Wedding.' The last time I saw it, Wild Taw-mun' was growing out of it. The place where the tourist go when on tours needs a thorough clean-up. CGB can really look nice, but lawdy, who going to take the helm? Well, I believe the action man will hear the cry of the people -- too many boats parked on the side, jet skiis, etc. We really need enforcement. Where they get this 'tent' mentality from. Who gave permission to erect a tent selling food close to the old gas station? We got to put a stop to these things. And you know, it has a bar, very close to the Methodist church in somebody's porch. Lord, where is the enforcement and proper planning of our district? Help!! Help!! The Chris Giant went to sleep on us. But perhaps the Rip-Wan-Winkle syndrome will be over.

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