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“We have to get a picture that works” for West End Ferry dock – Premier Andrew A. Fahie

April 3rd, 2019 | Tags: Capoon's Bay West End Andrew A. Fahie
“We have to get a picture that works” for West End Ferry dock – Premier Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: Team of Reporters
Residents of the Western End of Tortola are being urged to supports government’s efforts in getting a design that works and can’t be implemented in a timely manner for the West End Ferry Dock. Photo: Team of Reporters
Residents of the Western End of Tortola are being urged to supports government’s efforts in getting a design that works and can’t be implemented in a timely manner for the West End Ferry Dock. Photo: Team of Reporters
CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI - Residents of the Western End of Tortola are being urged to support government’s effort in getting a design that works and can be implemented in a timely manner for the West End Ferry Dock.

The West End School in Capoon’s Bay was filled to its capacity last night April 2, 2019, as residents came out to lend their voice to the consultation process for the construction of the main ferry dock in the community which was devastated by the 2017 hurricanes.

Adequate Parking 

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable, Andrew A. Fahie (R1), led a team of government official and the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) to show the community what they had in hand and to feel from residents if that’s what they wanted—If not what they would like to see.

Persons were very comfortable suggesting a number of concepts for the designs which even heart the suggestion of occupying a different space for the facility as oppose to its current.

Among the comments, the need for adequate parking stood out.

Others suggested a smaller facility that caters for faster movement of water traffic, mobile immigration and Customs services, a double rise facility, VIP offerings, maintenance, staffing, just to name a few. 

Expedient

However, Premier Fahie said that while it would not be expedient to commit to a deadline just yet for the facility residents need to cooperate to ensure that it can be executed at the earliest possible time and at the time not lose out on the option of it being greatly accessing a gift as oppose to going the CDB way.

“You can’t let persons become enemy of the greater good…Meaning that we have to get a design that works, land issues is going to be a problem. I am not going to hide to tell you and to get them solved it wouldn’t solve overnight. “

Premier Fahie said that the process to even compulsory acquire will be way too long hence he recommend that the community buy into existing property for the facility, “not saying that it isn’t an option to look at later down the road.”

Gift

According to Premier Fahie, the private contributor wants their contribution to be a gift to the community.

“They want to help with the design but they were not paying for the whole project of course, government has to put some skill in the game to help with that.”

He said that the private investor remains committed but he has chosen not to release their name owing to the fact that a decision has not been made if the gift would be accepted. “We want them to remain nameless until they are certain that the project is going to take off because if it isn’t taking off then they don’t want to be out there for unnecessary reasons.”

Asked about the temporary structure that should have been in place post 2017 hurricanes, Premier Fahie said he hasn’t had the opportunity to investigate same just and opted not to throw officers who were present at the meeting under the bus on that aspect of the matter.

11 Responses to ““We have to get a picture that works” for West End Ferry dock – Premier Andrew A. Fahie”

  • 1 (03/04/2019, 09:13) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    This man is jamming
    • Uhhuh (03/04/2019, 11:27) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
      Jamming up a process which he has been dealing with donkey years as minister of the di.strict. I would think that by now he would have ,at least,a picture of a proposed dock.
      • dude (03/04/2019, 12:45) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
        Btu he was excluded from the process wasn't he? Isn't that one of his complaints in the house as leader of opposition? Seriously asking.
    • VI Resident (03/04/2019, 11:46) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
      He is, but RDA been working on this and designed this long before Andrew got in office. So do not make it seem as he did it.
  • Schuuups (03/04/2019, 10:12) Like (9) Dislike (29) Reply
    The laggy gag start.. Nada expected in this century. Back to square one after all the donkey years,long before Irma that rumbling going on about a new and needed WE port.
    Andrew was not effective in getting projects done in District. 1 all the years as a minister,now will be no different.
  • manana (03/04/2019, 11:02) Like (11) Dislike (21) Reply
    Gov should hire the architects and the engineers and give them the task,. Their job is to put forth a design that works . Get this long delayed show on the road. Getting John Q Public involved in this area is a delaying tactic.
    Andrew appears to be an indecisive leader which is demonstrative of weakness..Cant even choose a Deputy.
  • guy hill (03/04/2019, 12:36) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Include Mega yacht clearance at this port please.
  • Greg (03/04/2019, 14:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    AM JUST HERE WORRYING WHEN WE GONA HAVE THE FERRYS GOING IN WEST END ??? NOWWWWW
    LONG OVERDUE THIS SHOULD BE OUR FIRST STEP PEOPLE HURTING!!!!!! GET THE BLASTED THING GOING
  • Greg (03/04/2019, 14:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    THAT PORT MUST BE A 2 STORY CONCRETE BUILDING WITH WEST INDIAN ROOF UPSTAIRS FOR VENDORS AND FOR US TO COLLECT $$$$$ RENT AND FREE UP THE PEOPLE
  • great (03/04/2019, 21:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I commend Hon. Fahie for sticking to his campaign promise of involving the public from the initial stage of things rather than when it was a "done deal" like what the last government use to do.
    • problem (04/04/2019, 10:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The "initial" stage has been upwards of a decade and all while he was rep of the district.
      I agree with some,that he has a record of minute substance and results .
      Remains to be seen henceforth.


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