Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Myron Walwyn is proposing to give more legislative powers to the Office of City Manager if his party is re-elected into office.
Speaking at the launch of the NDP’s Territorial At-Large candidates in Road Town on Saturday, Walwyn said the time was ripe to set up an official board to govern the affairs of the city.
“If we say we want our country and our capital to be seen as a financial hub for innovation and business, we must now begin to think a little deeper. We must think more about demarcating our city,” the NDP leader said.
He continued: “Setting up a board to manage the affairs of the city and giving our City Manager legislative [powers will] ensure that our capital city of Road Town is run in the same manner as the top cities around the world.”
Though noting that decisions made by a legislatively empowered City Manager and board might sometimes be unpopular among residents, the NDP Chairman said granting these powers, nevertheless. would be of significant benefit the territory.
“The board might step on some toes from time to time but it is time we take a look and do the things that are necessary for the benefit of more people and more businesses in the territory,” Walwyn said.
He added: “If we do not get these things in order, everything that every previous generation that has fought to ensure will all go for nought.”
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