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Minister says gov’t can’t clear hillside debris

Minister of Health and Social Development, Ronnie Skelton said government is having trouble cleaning debris trapped on the territory’s hillsides.

The minister said the government was rolling out a plan to have the hillsides cleared but their plan is now foiled.

The remaining debris on the hillsides is now said to be virtually out of reach.

“We were going to offer people $5 a sheet or $5 per tonne of material to bring to some location. But, as you can see, nature has rotated the plan and we are still thinking of other possibilities,” Skelton said.

“Probably we have to wait until homes are built in the hills to recover that material again because it’s going to be very, very, very, difficult to recover most of the material. Some we can [recover] but some we will not be able to,” the minister added.

Skelton made the statement while responding to questions at a public meeting in the Third Electoral District yesterday, January 30.

Residents said hillside debris needs to be cleared urgently.

Sheets of galvanized metal and other material were blown on hillsides during the category 5 hurricanes last year.

There is a concern that the debris is a hazard because potentially strong winds can sweep them from hills and injure unsuspecting residents or visitors.

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  1. Bystander says:

    It will be hard work but it is far from impossible. It needs fit men and boys with cutlasses, ropes and water. There is a lot of unemployment; temporary contracts could be issued to gangs of men supervised by public works and transported by safari bus as they are under utilized at present.

  2. They had no plan says:

    This is something that should have been done within the month after Irma…but this Government did not have a plan and they didn’t have money either. Category 5 or NOT! Look at St. Thomas…I heard they cleared the materials from the hillside long time

  3. Albion says:

    I am not so worried about stuff on the hillsides, but there is still plenty of stuff on the road sides that they could be collecting.

    • Concerned says:

      And aotumobiles in the bush and Salt Ponds where TOURISTs go bird watching. Ponds should be easy with a small boat and most cars are near a road or drive so could be retrieved with a small crane or even an excavator.

  4. ??? says:

    Maybe they should focus on cleaning the ghuts instead. Plenty of junk there too.

    • Thank you says:

      Ahhh thanks. At least someone has actually notice the ton load of debris in the guts. For goodness sake let’s not wait until the sky break lose to run and clean up the guts. We’re underestimating the kind of hell that can rain down and having all those blocked guts.

  5. Dragon says:

    Plenty roof metal and construction trash right by the road side should not be too dificult to pick up , no excuses

  6. Sam the man says:

    can’t or won’t? this is achievable… since when did people just give up when the task is hard? No excuse for such an apathetic and defeatist attitude – the debris needs to be cleared and needs a Government to act, says it all when they throw in the towel to clear dangerous debris scattered about the place!!! If they can’t even do that what else have they not been doing or attempting to do?

  7. Cougar says:

    Residents want government to clean up their private hillside property.

  8. say what says:

    I really don’t see them doing much there is raw sewerage polluting the country ad government only dealing with the vulnerable

  9. Lazy says:

    The BVI has perfected laziness in the last 2 generations. Why work when you can sit around smoke weed and thief. Can’t expect physical labor from the mentally entitled princes of the BVI

  10. See says:

    Cant pocket enough money from basic cleanup . Sewage on the other hand is a different story

  11. lilfred says:

    Where abouts are the worst areas for debris? hills and also roadside pls?

  12. Tired says:

    Listen there’s a bunch of prisoners up there getting meals lodging etc. Put them ass out there to clean up the place. They living off our tax money. They can assist in the clean up. They sitting up there doing What? Stuppes man

  13. Scary!! says:

    Well when these debris turn missiles should another storm come….everyone will be asking who to blame.

  14. Voice of reason (cause there isn't in government) says:

    Seriously, Minister Skelton? Do you really believe the galvanized steel is going to sit up on the hills like a good boy and not move? Next hurricane we get, and it doesn’t have to be a Cat 5, that stuff is coming off the hill and blowing into people’s newly repaired windows. Get it off the hill before next hurricane season!

  15. Concerned citizen says:

    In the US prisoners are brought out supervised to clean up roadsides as part of their community service. Get those prisoners to work around the island cleaning up.

  16. Retired says:

    Mr. Minister please enable the BVI Government to remove all the IRMA debris in the BVI from all:
    – undeveloped hillside public and private land
    – developed public land
    – the guts
    – the public and private roads
    – the coastlines
    – the nearshore shallow water to 30 ft.
    – the dive sites
    By 1 June 2018. Thank you

  17. retired teacher says:

    Not to mention, Mr Health Minister, that metal and plastic debris will collect and hold water. I am waiting in trepidation for the dengue/chickungunya/zika epedemic coming to a place near you soon.

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