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Advisory Committee created to help distribute land on Salt Island

Ninth District Representative where Virgin Gorda is located, Vincent Wheatley.

The newly created Salt Island Lands Advisory Committee (SILAC) is expected to assist the Ministry of Natural Resources in ensuring the fair distribution of Crown Lands on Salt Island to its descendants.

“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,” the Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Wheatley said.

Wheatley added that the committee will be composed of two representatives from the five 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 Wallace Leonard and Paul Leonard; Lydia Durante and Sean Durrant of the Smith Family; Roosevelt Smith and Arnold C. Smith from the Abbott family; Charles Wheatley OBE and Melvin Stoutt of the Thomas family; LilyMae Durante and Luce Hodge-Smith of the Durante family.

Back in May 1990, the Executive Council — now the House of Assembly — had 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 titles.

The Executive Council had also advised 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.

Salt Island is one of the islands of the archipelago of the British Virgin Islands located about 4.7 miles southeast of Road Town. It is named after its salt ponds, which were once an important natural resource.


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  1. greed says:

    keep ayo eyes on the Potters and the Stoutts for they want tek all

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    • Spice Man says:

      Hay, Give a Spice-Man ah house spot please. Just checking if a brother stand ah chance of getting a little butter on the bread.

  2. THE PRINCE 🤴 says:


  3. ??? says:

    What Land Melee’

  4. annudda2cents says:

    “Back in May 1990, the Executive Council — now the House of Assembly….” says the article.

    I thought Executive Council is now known as Cabinet?

  5. Lol says:

    Lol just another mechanism to distribute land to their off springs. Where is smurf when his voice is needed on a pertinent issue. Lol 😂 😆. Keep on pallotricking.

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  6. Fools. says:

    What we need is an investor to developed salt Island maybe a 50 yr lease…We need a factory where we can create things make things for export, get a BVI brand and also we can get more of our people working…

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  7. well sah says:

    A bunch of cooper island people representing salt island people

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    • @well sah says:

      @Well sah, you are a mischief maker and solution looking for a problem. It would be highly disappointing if you are descendants of Salt Island, for you are a worthless piece of sh..t. There is only person on the SILAC with direct connection to Cooper Island and both his parents were born on Salt. Admittedly, there are problems with SILAC composition but Cooper Island people representing Salt Island people is not one of the problems. I can see that the infighting has already started.

  8. YOUTH says:

    This is long overdue

  9. WEW says:

    Relatives only need to apply

  10. Shame says:

    Folks who never been there will sell it off as fast as they can, just like what’s happening on anegada. Put a 100 year sale moratorium on every parcel.

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  11. belonger status says:

    no island people getting no land over deh

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