The post-hurricanes hive of activity that began in the local construction industry might continue long after residents have rebuilt their homes and businesses if a building programme being proposed by the National Democratic Party (NDP) materialises.
Territorial At-Large NDP candidate Henry Creque said the aim of the proposed programme is to make the cost of construction cheaper for new property owners.
“I see the struggles that many of you face finding jobs, building your careers, and owning your own homes. The challenge is that the cost of land and construction in the territory are very high … Our new NDP government will make this possible by finding ways to reduce the cost of construction in this territory,” Creque said at a recent political rally on Tortola.
The NDP candidate said the initiative would make housing affordable for persons at all income levels, particularly young locals and civil servants.
He, however, did not outline how the party plans to achieve this if they are to be elected in office for a third consecutive term.
Creque, in the meantime, argues that such a programme would transform the construction industry into a sustainable economic pillar for the territory since a reduction in the cost of construction would encourage more locals to build.
On another note, Creque — the recently resigned Deputy General Manager at the BVI Electricity Corporation — is also promising that, if elected, he will help facilitate the process of the BVI transitioning to renewable energy.
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