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Salt Island Lands Advisory Committee (SILAC) established

Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has said the newly created Salt Island Lands Advisory Committee (SILAC) will assist his ministry in ensuring the fair distribution of Crown Lands on Salt Island to its descendants. Photo: Google Earth
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has said the newly created Salt Island Lands Advisory Committee (SILAC) will assist his ministry in ensuring the fair distribution of Crown Lands on Salt Island to its descendants.

Honourable Wheatley said, “The role of the committee is to work in collaboration with the ministry and the appropriate experts to develop recommendations for a Land Use and Development Master Plan for the island that takes into account the preservation of salt ponds and other natural resources, ancestral and historic burial grounds, cultural traditions like “Pond Breaking”, historical names, buildings and sites and much more.”

Honourable Wheatley said the committee will be composed of two (2) representatives from the five (5) descendant families of Salt Island. He added that there will also be strict stipulations put in place to ensure that the lands on the island remain within these families for generations to come.

The Salt Island Lands Advisory Committee include Mr Wallace Leonard and Mr Paul Leonard; Ms Lydia Durante and Mr Sean Durrant of the Smith Family; Mr Roosevelt Smith and Mr Arnold C. Smith from the Abbott family; Dr Charles Wheatley OBE and Mr Melvin Stoutt of the Thomas family; Ms LilyMae Durante and Mrs Luce Hodge-Smith of the Durante family.

On May 30 1990, the Executive Council via Memo No. 131 of 90, advised that Crown Land be given to all persons whose houses are built on Salt Island and that similar provision be made for native descendants of Salt Island to be granted title. The Executive Council further advised at the time of the need to preserve the Salt Pond and the “Rhone” cemetery on the island.

Over the years, there have been applications submitted to the ministry requesting ownership of land on Salt Island. The committee’s main function will be to address the applications and oversee the land distribution initiative.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration continues to effectively manage the natural resources of the Territory in a manner that ensures long term sustainability.

4 Responses to “Salt Island Lands Advisory Committee (SILAC) established”

  • born here (14/01/2022, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    At least they are not as hot head as the people from Anegada
  • Accurate (14/01/2022, 20:24) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Salt island doesn’t have descendants. It’s an island, not a person.
  • Dont leave out (15/01/2022, 21:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't leave out them Leonard's and Vanterpools in Virgin Gorda their descendants are from salt island. Do some homework and you would find out that is true. No make up story here.
  • Citizen (16/01/2022, 13:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Qestion. How much acres is Crown land.


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