At least one of the landowners residing in the vicinity of the Lee Road on Virgin Gorda is making it clear he is not behind the delays to the final leg of the much-talked-about sewerage project.
Anderson ‘Andy’ Flax told BVI News yesterday (July 11) he welcomes the project, which is expected to end the discomfort Virgin Gorda residents have been experiencing for some time now.
However, Flax said government employees need to conduct themselves professionally and ‘respect private property’.
Flax, who is also involved in the construction industry, insisted government should have sought his permission and his input on the new project designs, from the get-go, before they made plans to use his property.
“If you are going to be working in and around somebody’s property, you have to consult them in a better way. I’m just saying they should acquaint [the property owner]. He (the property owner — me) should have an input and he should make something from it too. I just want a fair share of whatever it is.”
The Virgin Gorda businessman also said it would have been proper if he was offered the contract. He said he should have been offered the contract because the project will be on his property and he is not charging the government to allow the proposed drain to be there.
“I got blisters on that road when it wasn’t a road,” he interjected.
As for the matter of inserting another drain along the main road, Flax said authorities need only ask and he would be happy to allow them to further encroach on his property.
The government’s side
Jeremy Hodge, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works, had told BVI News the sewerage project was delayed by two months because at least two landowners were putting up a resistance.
As such, Hodge said he was unable to give a timeline when the project would be complete; noting government has to receive compliance from the landowners first.
He did, however, say the agreement between the government and the landowners in question would not involve the landowners receiving compensation.
The road was initially projected to be ready by April.
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