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Works Minister complains of red tape with CDB loan

- says Ballast Bay & Brady Ghut area among those slated for repair
The damaged roadway in the Brady Ghut area in East End which led to an accident. Photo: VINO
Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool has revealed that government has been experiencing difficulty with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan of $15.6M which was approved in May, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool has revealed that government has been experiencing difficulty with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan of $15.6M which was approved in May, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
A damaged road on Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
A damaged road on Tortola. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool has revealed that government has been experiencing difficulty with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan of $15.6M which was approved in May, 2012.

Appearing as a guest on the Speak Your Mind TV show on September 28, 2013, Hon. Vanterpool said, “I’ll be honest, from the Minister’s level, there’s a lot of red tape. I didn’t even expect that.”

The $15.6M CDB Rehabilitation Infrastructure Loan Project was acquired to assist with affected areas to the territory following tropical storm Otto.

Hon. Vanterpool noted that his team is working very hard and expressed there were several bids out for repairs to infrastructure around the territory already.

Among those he described, were repairs to dangerously eroded areas located in Ballast Bay and Brady Ghut, which was responsible for an accident involving a car recently. At least one person was reportedly hurt in the accident at Brady Ghut.

“I believe there are some bids out already right now, one out on Ballast Bay project, one out on a project down in Pleasant Valley… and there are couple others that are coming out,” Hon. Vanterpool revealed.

Some bids, he related, are expected to be submitted today, October 1, 2013.

“We have some other urgent matters that we have to deal with, with some very dangerous situations in the territory. One is up in the Brady Ghut area that we had an accident recently and we’re looking at a situation that is above the Greenland area there…” he added.

The Minister expressed that the project is coming on stream and noted that engineers were hired earlier this year to conduct works in this regard. “Hopefully it will affect the economy positively,” the Minister stated.

17 Responses to “Works Minister complains of red tape with CDB loan”

  • Mango Monkey (01/10/2013, 08:36) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    This NDP gang is always into excuses and the blame game. Marks knows his Ministry is a mess and that is the real deal why nothing is happening so why blame the CDB red tape? Two more years to go!!!
  • Real (01/10/2013, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look what Fraser negotiated. LMAO!! This is not about NDP or VIP, it's about CDB. Regardless of which Government is in power the same red tape will apply. It's best they brought a big company from overseas to do all the projects, at least we would have the areas fixed and fast. These things are not designed for even the local reputable construction firms. The best thing Government can do right now is give them people back their money and beg SSB for a little hand out. LOL!!
    • Y2K (01/10/2013, 10:38) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Real, that is what happen when you put a boy to do a man's job. Dont blame Fraser. Mark can't get Biwater which Fraser negotiated up and runninning because of incompetence. Mark can't get CDB $15.7 million negotiated by Fraser spent because of incompetence. NDP must go. Mark can't handle Communications and Works, period.
    • hog city (01/10/2013, 10:50) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why dont you say that fraser made the money "theft deterrent"?
      • she the cat mother (02/10/2013, 06:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Encouraging and welcome news
      • Village Girl (02/10/2013, 06:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Without his hardwork and smarts of Julien Frazer this would have happened and we all know it.

  • ooooo (01/10/2013, 10:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    this money cant be stolen nor the jobs cant be given to cronys...thats the problem
    • @@@@@ (01/10/2013, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The economy has declined every day since this govt. took office and from their performance and impotency to formulate effective plan the economy will continue to fail as long as their in office. More and more bitter medicine for the virgin islands people without any possibility of any relief just more agony and hardship. Tun-e-up !!!!!!!!.
  • egg face (01/10/2013, 13:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the 'have nots' and lil man an't get ah eat out ah tis?
  • in the news (01/10/2013, 13:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    -- this doesn't look good for the future of this government.
  • vip (01/10/2013, 14:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come the other CDB member countries dont have a problem????
  • bay yute (01/10/2013, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Difficult times ahead for everybody
  • tee tee (01/10/2013, 17:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Minister what say you? Is it red tape or cheeks and balances eh? I will have to look you full in your face…ting te talk
  • yes it was (01/10/2013, 22:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    making Mark a minister was a big desaster
  • bbbbb (03/10/2013, 13:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    2 years on and the people in the east still cant flush!!! ting te talk


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