Press Release

Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration
Release Date:
Saturday, 5 March 2022 - 9:29am

The Government of the Virgin Islands has successfully negotiated to make lands available for the separation of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre primary and secondary division.

Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent Wheatley stated that following the approval by the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands a decision was made to exchange lands belonging to land owner Christina Yates to allow for construction of a new school. Ms. Yates will receive lands at the Leverick’s Bay area owned by the Government.

Honourable Wheatley said there was a need for the separation of the primary and secondary schools for more than thirty years.

“It is hoped that once lands are successfully transferred, construction of the new school will be underway soon,” the Minister said, adding, “This is a notable development which advances the separation of the Bregado Flax primary and secondary schools, which will ultimately facilitate more effective learning for students in the primary and secondary division.”

Land owner Ms. Christina Yates shared her delight at being able to assist with the improvement of education in the Virgin Gorda community and being able to develop the tourism product in the North Sound area.

Ms. Yates said, “I am happy that the Bregado Flax Educational Centre will have lands necessary to further cater to the needs of the youth in the community. I am also equally pleased that I can now develop the tourism product for the North Sound community. Sam Leonard and I set out on this journey years ago, and it is fulfilling to be able to see our dreams come to fruition.”

The parcel in the land exchange is owned by the Crown in the Leverick Bay area and measures one acre. The parcel of land owned by Christina Yates is land at Black Witch Hole which measures 2.8 acres. The lands involved in the exchange are said to be of comparable value. 

The Government of the Virgin Islands continues to find innovative solutions to address the needs of the Virgin Islands while promoting a higher quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Photo 1: Official photo of Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent Wheatley

 (Photo credit: GIS/)

Author

Paul Bridgewater

Information Officer I (Ag.)
Department of Information and Public Relations
Telephone:468-3333
Email: Pbridgewater@gov.vg