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Report: Car wash, food van “unbearable challenges” for Wickham’s Cay Development

Management of Wickham's Cay Development says surrounding businesses create multiple challenges and issues for them including the car wash. Photo:
L-R) Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Arlene Smith-Thompson, Mr. Guy Lester Malone, Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Ayana Hull, Karia Chrstopher and 17 and over winners (L-R) 1st place Anya Saran Schultheiss, 2nd place Pamela Penn and 3rd place Adel Pereira. Photo: VINO
L-R) Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Arlene Smith-Thompson, Mr. Guy Lester Malone, Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Ayana Hull, Karia Chrstopher and 17 and over winners (L-R) 1st place Anya Saran Schultheiss, 2nd place Pamela Penn and 3rd place Adel Pereira. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With so many problems and issues surrounding Wickham’s Cay, the Department created solely for the purpose to promote and manage its development, is convinced that it cannot achieve its objective with so many neighbouring businesses contributing to its destruction.

According to the 2011 Annual Report provided by the Wickham’s Cay Development Authority that was laid in the House of Assembly on July 24, 2012, it was disclosed that businesses and unauthorised entities that are situated in the vicinity of Wickham’s Cay tend to pose as challenges to its development.

According to the report, the owners of a car wash operating their business in the parking lot adjacent to Bobby’s Supermarket, constantly damages the plants around the development and has also destroyed one of the lights that was in the area. An excerpt read, “the owner of the business that is unauthorised to operate in the area has not accepted any responsibility for the damages.”

The report further stated that another business in the area, which continuously threatens the survival of Wickham’s Cay, is a food van operating in the area of the taxi stand by Bobby’s Supermarket.

“They continue to operate without permission from the authority and have contributed to lots of garbage on the ground and in the area.”

Close to the food van, the report indicated that another threat/challenge, is a garage in operation out of a little shed. “That area is also unsightly.”

The report added “trailers, pallet boards, derelict vehicles and garbage have created an unsightly scene on Wickham’s Cay. Persons who own boats in the area, have also kept the place very untidy, with lots of garbage on the ground.”

Management of the Authority noted that despite these challenges, they continue to work with various departments and their maintenance crew to assist with their existing challenges.

“Overall, we have been able to keep the authority functioning as well as it could despite the many challenges.”

17 Responses to “Report: Car wash, food van “unbearable challenges” for Wickham’s Cay Development”

  • john public (01/08/2012, 08:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    seems like law and order broke down in this country...everybody does whatever they want in this place....if its proven that they are there operating illegal, just have them removed, plain and much reports we are going to be writing before measures are taken?....too much pussyfooting from the authorities in this country
  • critic (01/08/2012, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how is it that town planning always flexing their muscles when people building but when people set up illegal businesses, they are no where to be seen?
    • Crank Shaft (01/08/2012, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And you'll be the same one to jump up and say they born here so they should be allowed to make a dollar even if it's illegal and unauthorized. Hush your ignorant ass because it's people with attitudes like you that are sinking this country!
  • kenny Rogers (01/08/2012, 08:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ayo back off the lil man dem dem just trying to mek ah dollar out of 50 cents
    • Guest (01/08/2012, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Keep off what lil man?? You all full of ***** only in Tortola can you go and take up a public parking area and tell people where they can and cannot park in a public parking lot, like you own the flipping property.
  • tax payer (01/08/2012, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do whatever you want but keep the jerky chicken there. It is the best on island!
  • Stupes (01/08/2012, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really! really! When some one out there making an honest living, you always do everything to keep this person down. When our youth doing something to empower themselves, we need to uplift them and stop chastising. Then yal wonder why there is so much crime and illicit activities habouring in the territory,,, everybody has to eat everyday and have children and family to feed also. Do take bread out the ppl mouth come on !
  • Free Soul (01/08/2012, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This place is the wild wild west!! What is so hard to ENFORCE law if someone is operating illegally? Simply shut them down or suspend and guide in the right direction of obtaining the proper license(s). Some of these Gov't departments need to have a spine and backbone.
  • Crank Shaft (01/08/2012, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think they should come to an agreement to allow these businesses to remain in these areas but with conditions in place. It would be sad to see such businesses having to close down because of this. However, these people must realize that they need to keep the surrounding areas clean and must not be just about making a quick buck. that's the heart of town and it should look to a certain standard. It's the typical thing, everybody from here so they can do what they want. Everybody kick up when a foreign investor want to develop the place and upgrade the capital, but have no issue with tent city, tents, huts, vans all over town. Why Donald didn't write the UK about tent city and how bad it looks? Why he didn't write about water? sewerage? schools? education? Just like confusion!
  • BREAKING NEWS (01/08/2012, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If they are there illegally then move them if they don't want to operate legally!!
  • Really! (01/08/2012, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I watch those people for the food van clean up every single day. Please do not blame them for any garbage that the nasty people leave around the place. We all know that this place is filled with people that has no sense of pride or cleanliness. Check around that food van after they leave for the night, it is spotless. You can't blame them for the mess that other people leave behind!
  • male (01/08/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    meson ayo leave BANG GOOD alone.. them have some of the best food on tola. i dont care about the car wash, i clean my own ride. but BANG GOOD does really BANG.....GOOD.
  • farmer brown (01/08/2012, 21:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    them better back off me yute styler he voted for Marlon
  • weed (01/08/2012, 23:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the report is a serious allegation and must be looked into because it says the government is weak and cannot up-hold law and order.
  • grace (02/08/2012, 00:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No body should have a problem with any one trying to make an honest living, but there are rules and guidelines to be followed, so they must abide by them. Government here are too lax, they make laws and break them. If people are operating businesses illegally, shut them down until they get the appropriate licenses. No one should be able to set up shop any where before applying to the governing agency and getting permission. There is too much favoritism and nepotism, this is why government is not functioning. They tip toe around every issue because they are afraid to offend, so it is this behaviour by government has spoiled the people. They can't follow rules and regulations. This nonsense has to change. We are a civilized society.
  • question (02/08/2012, 00:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remember what happen to Dr. Do little when he try to move all the vendors out of Road Town?
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