Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations
Residents of Anegada are expected to benefit from road works underway on the Sister Island as Government continues its work of improving the road infrastructure of the Virgin Islands.
Works are being carried out by the Public Works Department and consist of the paving of roads throughout The Settlement. The fresh paving, which covers the speckled concrete roads, has been well received by the community.
On Friday, April 17, Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark Vanterpool spoke with residents of Anegada at the Community Library via telephone as he was unable to be present in person. Honourable Vanterpool said that he was pleased with the efforts of the community in voicing their concerns and further stated that Government will move forward with other road infrastructural works on the Sister Island.
Minister Vanterpool addressed concerns raised by residents on the awarding of contracts for work on these projects. He said the work in Anegada is essential to its economy and that his team will ensure the work is carried out by Anegadians and the 9th District wherever possible.
Honourable Vanterpool said, “The idea that we are supporting very strongly is that any way we can leave a dollar in Anegada, we will leave it. I want to make sure it happens and that it is clear and understood by everyone.”
Teacher, contractor and Anegadian, Ms. Shirley Vanterpool-Evans who attended the community meeting said, “I think the minister is doing an excellent job. The people asked him for something. They doubted that he would listen but he responded promptly and is giving the people what they have asked for.”
Residents present at the meeting also registered their names to be considered for contracts by the Ministry of Communications and Works and the Public Works Department.
Honourable Vanterpool further stated that he is willing to work closely with project managers from Anegada chosen by the community. The project managers will report to the Department of Public Works and oversee road works in conjunction with contractors to ensure works are being carried out correctly.
The proposed road projects for Anegada are expected to help lift the economy through an Anegadian community effort.