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Anegada District Officer left to clear animal faeces @ community centre- Flax-Charles

Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Agriculture and Fisheries and Territorial Member Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles, during Standing Finance Committee (SFC) in December 2022, highlighted the need to hire persons to regularly clean the Emile Dunlop Community Centre on Anegada. Photo: Facebook
Anegada District Officer Mrs Shirley Vanterpool-Evans is reportedly often left with the task of cleaning the Emile Dunlop Community Centre on Anegada. Photo: GIS/File
Anegada District Officer Mrs Shirley Vanterpool-Evans is reportedly often left with the task of cleaning the Emile Dunlop Community Centre on Anegada. Photo: GIS/File
It was at the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Meeting to examine the 2023 Budget last month that the Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Agriculture and Fisheries and Territorial Member Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles inquired about the cleaning of the Community Centres, particularly on the Sister Islands and specific to Anegada. Photo: VINO/File
It was at the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Meeting to examine the 2023 Budget last month that the Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Agriculture and Fisheries and Territorial Member Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles inquired about the cleaning of the Community Centres, particularly on the Sister Islands and specific to Anegada. Photo: VINO/File
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- It was at the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Meeting to examine the 2023 Budget last month that the Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Agriculture and Fisheries and Territorial Member Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles inquired about the cleaning of the Community Centres, particularly on the Sister Islands and specific to Anegada.

The Junior Minister said she is aware of the financial challenges of staffing; however, there were instances of back-to-back events happening at Emile Dunlop Community Centre and, based on her understanding, the District Officer Mrs Shirley Vanterpool-Evans was left with the task of cleaning the Anegada centre “which included animal faeces, as well as setting up chairs and tables et cetera for government events...”

Hon Flax-Charles asked how the process can be managed more effectively as it relates to cleaning and maintenance.

Will it be addressed?

The Chief Social Development Officer (CSDO) Mrs Annie Malone-Frett responded that the Anegada Community Centre was under construction for some period and it’s still under the remit of the Ministry of Health; however, because persons are requesting use, they use their discretion to permit them to use the centre.

Mrs Malone-Frett noted that an officer was recently sourced and has the responsibility to clean the centre and submit a bill to the department for payment.

Hon Flax-Charles acknowledged that being the case, however, said: “it is unfair when back-to-back events are happening at that Centre”, and it is said the Centre cannot be cleared because the service is not budgeted for, “resulting in the District Officer having to clean the Centre”.

The At Large Representative made mention of several functions a few months ago and a small window of funding for the cleaner. She further stated that the cleaner should not be hired on an ‘as needed’ basis.

Mrs Malone-Frett promised to address

She said the Centre should not remain closed if there are no functions and that it must be cleaned on a regular basis. This, Hon Flax-Charles said, should be the case for all the community centres in the territory. "Even if closed and not in use they will accumulate dust etc. We cannot budget only ten dollars for a whole year when you have no certainty how many functions will be held within that year."

The CSDO replied that she understands where the Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development and Territorial Member is coming from and, as Head of Department, she is “not going to throw her staff under the bus” but it’s a matter that she promised the member she "would address."

There was a similar 'situation' yesterday- Hon Flax-Charles

Meanwhile, Hon Flax-Charles told our news centre today, January 9, 2023, that there was a situation just yesterday where a resident and the District Officer had to clean the animal faeces in order for a meeting to be held at the Centre.

"These and other issues have been brought up in Standing Finance [Committee] and in other forums for years.

"Representation has been made via reporting to all relevant departments and ministries by the District Officer, Sister Islands Coordinator and myself on numerous occasions inclusive of pictures," Hon Flax-Charles stated.

She added that the health clinic on Anegada has the same issue of animal faeces at the entrance and the waiting area outside.

63 Responses to “Anegada District Officer left to clear animal faeces @ community centre- Flax-Charles”

  • Hmmmm (09/01/2023, 12:52) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon. Minister mash up at it again. Always complaining and trying to make everyone but herself look bad.
    • Truth (09/01/2023, 13:49) Like (12) Dislike (12) Reply
      you all hate to hear the truth; doesn't matter from who
    • I wonder (13/01/2023, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      when will the truth prevail around here. They say the truth will set you free but around here you all allergic to truth. but so be it. I have some truth coming to you all real soon. You think she is bad. Wait till you meet me. miserable people i tell you. The woman not complaining! She is frustrated being in an HOA with a bunch of pompus arrogant men who do not have the best interest of any of you at heart. When will you get it
  • Anegada youth (09/01/2023, 12:54) Like (25) Dislike (9) Reply
    Between that District Officer and Flax-Charles, you have two of the best at confusion making.
    • confusedeasily (09/01/2023, 14:18) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      aren't u? This is straightforward. Anegada have animals running the place. Places need fencing and the animal owners should sponsor it since their animals roaming
    • lol (13/01/2023, 22:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You got part right baby. We are the best so stand back and do not test. truth prevails over false prophets, sad followers and pathetic naysayers anyday
  • I miss the old BVI (09/01/2023, 12:55) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    People these days do not take pride in the BVI and it's public facilites which we are allowed to use for FREE. You go to the beach and all you can see is TRASH everywhere. How hard is it to throw your garbage in the big trash bins??? Or walk with a plastic bag(we all have a ton at home) for YOUR garbage when you visit the beach. I hate nastiness and some of you need to be banned from having parties on the beach and the park cause the pig pen is a better place.
    • @ I miss the old BVI (09/01/2023, 14:09) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      I feel the same way and it is just disgusting. I always keep plastic bags on me in the event that there is no trash cans around. I also keep the gum wrappers in my pocket or pocket book to dispose my chewed gum in r rather than spitting the chewed gum on the street or sidewalk leaving those nasty black spots. Have you ever step in chewing gum while walking on the street?
  • reality (09/01/2023, 12:56) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    First let me thank the Government for repairing this center on Anegada. This was left severely damaged after Irma and ignored by the last Government. Now let us take care of it as it was a job well done.
    • repairs (09/01/2023, 13:48) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      were done by PAHO; thank them
      • To repairs (09/01/2023, 15:51) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
        It was funded by PAHO, but the government recommended it as one its priorities.
        • To repairs and reality. (10/01/2023, 10:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Yes funded by PAHO, all identified by NDP government in the recovery plan. The VIP nor the Unity government were the brainchild of these actions. If anything else is suggested it’s false
          • clarityneeded (13/01/2023, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            and who do you think brought the attention of the centre to the forefront? bombarded them with requests, reports, pictures, a vision to work with? Stop touting horns where not warranted. Craziness prevails yet again in this place
    • Funny (09/01/2023, 14:51) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      severley damaged? you been smoking something, it was is a state of negelect nothing to do with the storm.
    • @reality (10/01/2023, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You guys need to stop with the false narrative. 95% of these repairs or projects that this current government has completed all originated out of the recovery and development plan, and of course the CDB loan. Stop trivializing or discounting the planning work that preceded the tangible results that you are now seeing. Be fair
  • here we go again (09/01/2023, 13:01) Like (25) Dislike (8) Reply
    While stating her concerns at least she could have thanked the government for which she is supposed to be a member of for fixing the facility. Don't just state the bad and not the good. If you leave it up to Hon. Charles, then you will never hear anything from her mouth about the good government did. That is why I am not voting for this woman AGAIN.
    • Native Citizen of the UK (09/01/2023, 15:23) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      She can use some of the district money to pay for the cleaning. She always bashing. Menopause?
      • lmao (09/01/2023, 17:01) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Perhaps the menopause ts on high level because she have been on a hyper streak.
        • Linda (09/01/2023, 18:09) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
          @ lmao. As a woman, I am so ashamed that you would write something like that, which is so personal to us women. Our personal bodies should never be made fun of and it shows your immaturity and disrespect. Everything is not a joke. Talk politics if it is about politics. Menopause is something that all of the women before and after your generation will always have and it is not a laughing matter. Stick to politics, please!
          • @Linda or should I say pure Linda (09/01/2023, 20:50) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

            I can say what the hell that I damn well please. I don’t give a damn if you think it is right or wrong. It is what it is, everyone knows that every woman goes through menopause at a certain age. You all get to damn touchy when someone say something. Grow up.

            • To Linda (10/01/2023, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
              It is good you brought out the point. It is always important to consider the other side and you are right, menopause is not a laughing matter. If discussed, it should be with care and not as a joke. Even if I did not agree, I would prefer to listen to you because you sound like a mature person with class. I cannot say the same for the uncivilized sounding person that is asking you to be less touchy and to grow up when simply they seem to be too immature to consider a different view. The ailments of society are clearly living among us. A blessed day to you.
          • Mrs. Biggs (09/01/2023, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
            Hold up Linda, exactly where in LMAO comment did you see the blogger was laughing? Please explain. Just because the person screen name is LMAO that does not mean they are laughing STUPID.
    • Wait (13/01/2023, 22:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you know not what you speak but it is understandable. Many posts on this thread are based on misinformation, bias, hatred and jealousy coupled with multiple posting from same source. But carry on. Have your fun
  • Just saying (09/01/2023, 13:12) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Elections must be around the corner
  • WELL EXCUSEEEEEEE ME (09/01/2023, 13:19) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    • god is watching (09/01/2023, 14:33) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
      @WELL EXCUSEEEEEEE ME I agree with you 100%. Sometimes in life, there are some things you will find yourself doing on your job that is not in your job description. On my job if the cleaner is out and none is available at the time I throw away the garbage and sweep the floors.
      • Blog (09/01/2023, 21:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        what you know. The woman over there doing multiple jobs for one pay so stop judging. and this article says the minister said a similar situation happen yesterday. yesterday was Sunday. People need time to be with their families not serving you all and your wild animals running round. The man who hose down the place should not have had to do that either
    • Come on Y’all (09/01/2023, 16:38) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      Who the hell does this District Manager really think she acutely is? What she think she is to damn good to clean up some animal feces and clean up? So that is beneath youuuuu? QUA, QUA, QUAAAAA!!!!. Don’t let that position of District Manager, Script Manager or title get your head all twisted up OKAYYYY?
      • lol (09/01/2023, 21:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        you got jokes.. that is why if i was her i would leave you all to your nastiness
    • Wonders (09/01/2023, 18:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Never cease to amaze some of us. The Officer did not make a big deal of it the rep did by putting it in the news. The officer does not have to do those things but she does as i saw her many times doing so. That is not her job but she trying to make things ok for people going to these events. What the article should have had in headline was fencing needed on all Government properties on Anegada. Maybe it coulda also had animals taking over Anegada. But some badminded person wanted to throw her under the bus and like crabs in a barrel some of you lovin the opp. But if i was her i would focus on my children and leave you all and your animals
      • the rock (10/01/2023, 05:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Is it not her responsibilty to recommend to government someone to keep it clean
        • 24hrs? (10/01/2023, 20:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Everybody knows there is a cleaner but if she cleans today and animals mess up an hour before an event how would she know? Persons jump on.stories because the puppetmasters pulling your strings. You all do not even know what jar you opened but jump in all over it. Come on
  • W*F (09/01/2023, 14:49) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply

    Is this woman the new Complaints Commissioner? Every day is some rurr65r73!!

  • question (09/01/2023, 15:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Are the lands at trellis bay privately owned or the government owned some too?
  • Outside (09/01/2023, 15:26) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am not here to merely criticize the statements made by the Hon. Flax-Charles, my intention is to state that the issue of having animals gaining access to the facility should be your cry, not that the District officer that to clean up after the animals. We build facilities and spend little or no consideration on security of the same facilities from perimeter fencing to personnel not to mention the lack of ability to collect revenue. Then government provides miniscule funding for the maintenance.
    This rant by the Minister speaks of the poor approach by successive administrations who go and build and don't plan.
    • @Outside (09/01/2023, 15:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      So, she send you with this post.
    • partially (13/01/2023, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      in tune but not fully. Yes the failure of the govt approach is undeniable and should be not just her cry but all of us but if she or anyone else wants to mention what is happening to a public officer in the interim what is the problem? The fact is it is not her job and should not be anybody's job! It is a public facility! And livestock has no call there stinking up the property. So, on a Sunday, a Monday or anyday, why should someone, especially a woman with her hands full need to deal with that shit? I am sure for it to be in news it is not a once in a blue moon occurrence, you people are sick if you think this is normal and not worthy of attention. Maintenance by govt or not, enforcement is another issue. Agriculture needs to take a stand or dissolve their dept. Animals running down the place
  • Zone 6 (09/01/2023, 16:05) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    The vip congress need to deal with her
    • To Zone 6 (09/01/2023, 16:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is what she is waiting on to go run in the 9th with the team she really has been with for the past 4years. She only used the VIP. She wants to leave but by them moving her out so she can use that as her excuse.
    • vip (10/01/2023, 06:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Should resign wha you talkin about congress. Smh
    • vip congress? (13/01/2023, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They need to sit down, all of them. They need dealing with
  • Let me tell y’all something (09/01/2023, 17:23) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    The District Manager could have turned this into some positive feed back for herself. All she had to do was have someone record her pitching in even if she was in a suit and heels. It shows that you care. Time to stop the wo, wo, Wo. I agree, it is not that darn serious. There are more other serious issues to be addressed.
    • Tell who (09/01/2023, 18:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is not her post or report. This story came from a video on a chat that a resident took where he cleaned off the place too from animal waste
  • VG ~ PrinceSS (09/01/2023, 17:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • hm (09/01/2023, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wa happen to pardna wa geh he goat kill and the pink police let the dog owner go?
    Yes I said pink, because dem Tay tay????️‍????????????
  • look (09/01/2023, 18:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    At you all bashing the lady. The story says same situation happening at clinic. The nurses dont be outside cleaning shit only the cleaner and you all too crooked to care. None of these people should take time to clean up after your livestock. Shereen is for Agriculture. Bag up.these animals and let the complainers do what they do best
  • Dancing with the Stars (09/01/2023, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    According to Nelson Mandella, it is not good to wash your dirty linin in the public domain. Also, President John F Kennedy said do not ask what your country can do for you, rather, what you can do for your country. The District Office of Anegada could have asked members of the Anegada Community to volunteer to assist her. I was available and would have assisted her free of cost to the government.
    The District Officer needs to humble herself and live in peace and harmony with the residents in the community. In that way she would have more done in collaboration with the people. After all, this is our country, and WE will work to develop it. We should not wait for the British to give us instructions to clean our communities. We are here to build the Territory for ourselves and so whatever little that we do, we must do it with pride. Our fore parents did it before and we can do it again. Money is not the only incentive to perform any task, however, if we do it our communities will be a better place for us.
    • humblethis (09/01/2023, 21:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      what does peace and harmony have to do with animals messing up the island? you trying to sound smart but waste of time. go have to seats or dance under the stars. with pride. instead of everyone including the Minister trying to resolve the issues you all casting light on the District rep when that is not what this was all about based on what I read in the article and saw in the Anegada chat
    • better place (09/01/2023, 21:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Our community would be if some of ya'll would stop bashing each other and actin like animals. And confine your animals. Please
    • Truth (10/01/2023, 06:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nobody does more community service on Anegada than she does so what are you really trying to prove
    • @Dancer (10/01/2023, 06:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Build the territory by realizing we in 2022 not 1903 and having the whole island like a stink farm is not civilized. It stinks is unsanitary and poses risks on the road. Get your brain out the bar and think like a star. Money is not the issue, the rep and officer are not the issue, this is not about social develoom dept it is about people wanting to have animals they cannot maintain and care for. They should clean up the mess nobody else
  • Ohhh chile (09/01/2023, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The VG Princess and loud mouth is getting a licking ta day!!!!. on the street and the blogs.
  • Writing long (09/01/2023, 21:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doesnt mean your right or strong. Animals need to go. Centre needs a fence. If reports put in action needed. Amen
  • lol (10/01/2023, 05:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hey At Large member! Can you tell us anything about Tortola or JVD?
  • Everybodyknows (10/01/2023, 06:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anegada people do not work for free. I see her on road with kids cleaning up. The business people love money and tourists but none stopping to help. And they know in advance. Posters be on the chat. I have gone a few times but sometimes have to work
  • Anegada boy (10/01/2023, 08:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The comunity centre needs to be handed nback to the people of Anegada it is not a goverment building it was given to the people of Anegada from the Anegada pprogressave leage and built by anegadian and now goverment think they can come and do a feww repairs and take it over Give it back!!!
    • Bad Idea (10/01/2023, 20:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You guys over there too unruly. Do not give it back. The league gave it to Gov to manage for a reason. How about the people manage their animals first before asking for more responsibilities like managing public buildings :)
    • Anegadians (10/01/2023, 21:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cannot spell anymore or what?
  • Territorial Rep (10/01/2023, 09:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am in Tortola and voted for this territory rep. I have never heard her lobby for nothing in Tortola. Only Virgin Gorda and Anegada she make representation for. Hope when election time come round again she don't find my area saying she for all the people. Make her a deputy D 9 representative because they are her only concerns
  • Real Talk (10/01/2023, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow anegada in the news again drama people
  • Alva (10/01/2023, 23:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to do something about the Purcell Community Center which has turned into a drug and whore house. They also need to move They restaurant off the blasted basketball court..

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