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Is Anegada the ‘forgotten land?’- Resident asks

- no working fire truck on island
A resident of Anegada said he is sick and fed up of the people there being treated like forgotten people. Photo: VINO/File
Residents in Anegada are not pleased with the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services being ill-equipped. Photo: VINO/File
Residents in Anegada are not pleased with the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services being ill-equipped. Photo: VINO/File
The Settlement in Anegada. Photo: VINO
The Settlement in Anegada. Photo: VINO
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- The name Anegada means “the drowned land”, but does it have to be the forgotten land too? That’s the cry of one resident of that island who said he is sick and fed up of the residents being treated like forgotten people.

In an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online on Friday September 30, 2016, this resident who chose to remain anonymous said the straw that broke the camel’s back was a vessel that was sinking just off the island on Friday night and the Fire and Rescue services did not even have transportation to carry a pump.

Instead, a call had to be made to the Water and Sewerage Department for the use of their only truck on the island to transport the needed equipment for the job.

“This been going on for years. A boat is either taking in water or sinking and we don’t have a fire department in Anegada. They don’t have anything whatsoever to use here,” the source said.

“The name is Fire and Rescue but right now here its name is fire and let down, fire with no hope.”

The source pointed out that if, God forbids, someone’s house is on fire there is a great risk that they may lose their property.

Our information revealed that the Water and Sewerage Department has one employee and is the only one with a truck; the Public Works Department has one employee and no equipment and the Fire and Rescue Services, two officers and no vehicles.

Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online this morning, October 3, 2016 that indeed there is no fire truck on Anegada, noting that the one stationed there is not in workign order. "We have been trying to get that one back into operation for some time now. The thing is it has basically served its time and we have been asking for new trucks, and we did get a new one last year but we need more. We understand too that Government has to prioritise [its spending]," Mr McLean stated.

Residents of Anegada have long been crying for proper representation, with many of the view that it is time it becomes a district of its own. Anegada is currently a part of the Ninth District.

26 Responses to “Is Anegada the ‘forgotten land?’- Resident asks”

  • Topaz (03/10/2016, 07:59) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wha ah yo bawling for, you are the ones who voted the NDP into office when you all fully well know the present representative is a total waste of time. Tek wha all yo get, a government yo deserve
    • True (03/10/2016, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
      NDP won the district by 280 votes thats more than 200 votes that are available to Anegada voters, so get your facts straight or are you a Trump supporter?
  • one eye (03/10/2016, 08:33) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    they will get whatever they need a month or two before elections
  • wize up (03/10/2016, 08:42) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Please hold on(BVI Airways) soon come!!!!
  • all out possee (03/10/2016, 08:43) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    That's what you all get for voting Bertie? All Out would've been the better choice, more boots on the ground.
    • nana (03/10/2016, 10:10) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      I am not so sure about that. Not enough knowledge about government and how it works and does not seem to be trying to learn for the next go round.
    • better (03/10/2016, 11:54) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      They had better candidates than Bertie or All out. Fellow anegadians ayo have short memories either that or ayo crazy... bertie nor all out was never interested in anegada
  • prioritise it's spending? (03/10/2016, 08:48) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    No fire trucks on Anegada? 2 firemen? But a bankrupted foreign airline was given 7 million dollars?
    • wize up (03/10/2016, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ spending....BVI will begin making millions of dollars once BVI Airways begin!!! you saying 7 million but I am sticking with 10 million(just saying)
    • and the truth is (04/10/2016, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this boat wasnot out to sea sinking. it was tied to the dock an because of the owners negligence the boat sankl.. the owner has a pick up and that is working. he also has a three yard ford truck which isn't working. whose fault is that. iguess ndp. truth is firemen and public work men has been collecting salaries for years an many days an months they don't see inside fire or public works compounds they are too busy running their own businesses an collecting government salaries monthly. Talk That. An talk how if there was a truck it mayhave been out running freight or picking up employees an , an , an, a cant tell all. yes the water man is always on course .So thm woulda have to use him any way.
  • anegada the step child (03/10/2016, 08:49) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    We want to be a district by ourselves...We want a divorce!
    • Ning (03/10/2016, 11:58) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      And that will change what?
    • wize up (03/10/2016, 12:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ step child: so you looking independence from Tortola
      • VG, Jost Van Dyke ... (04/10/2016, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Wize up, are you implying that Tortola IS the BVI? Apart from that misunderstanding, I catch where you are coming from. LOL!
  • Watching/Reading/Afar (03/10/2016, 09:00) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anegada is prime real estate. One day Anegada is going to be built up with everything modern. $$$$$. Someone is always watching and waiting for that moment. Hang in there guys, it will get better. $$$$$. #RichLandDevelopers.
    • $$$$$$ (04/10/2016, 12:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Once Anegada get developed, a lot of people is going to want to relocate there. Anegada is going to be the Jem of the BVI real soon. Every thing takes time.
      • Ga da Girl (09/10/2016, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @$$$$$$ ; we don't want our island over populated and we don't want our island to lose its natural look . We just want the things we need . (A hospital or a proper clinic with non expired medicine , fire trucks , a better ambulance ,proper generators for the electric station .More educated teachers (some of dem £$%^^ dumb as I don't know what ) but we don't need more people to corrupt our already corrupted island .
  • ramong (03/10/2016, 09:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Work started during 2015 election and still incomplete. Formwork by the roadside awaiting money for contract. The only bank on the island close. Pray for my father land, pray for Anegada the land that gave us so much.
  • Playing..... (03/10/2016, 10:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don't blame NDP....blame ya elected official Hubert O'Neal, Anegada been a stepchild!!!
  • Ogden (03/10/2016, 13:17) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    They be saving the money to build one of those super ports up in Anegada, much more important than protecting the people.......
  • fire man dem up and down forming de a$$ (03/10/2016, 14:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Mr Shovels (03/10/2016, 17:02) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Since when is it the fire department's responsibility to save a sinking boat? That's what salvage companies are for. I suppose then it wouldn't be compliments of the government...
  • Bunny (03/10/2016, 17:49) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    why do't half of aya don't shut up wit ndp vip crap... nuff people tell them vote for all out of mr.wheathly ... from long hurbert wasnt doing nothing NOTHING.
  • Yes (03/10/2016, 22:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    No worries, your candidate you guys voted for will bring you a huge transhipment port and container depot in the middle of the salt pond.
  • Anegada man (04/10/2016, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sa them turn off the water now because government owe thousands of dollars

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