Though commending VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie for ‘long years of service’ as representative of First District, Sylvia Romney-Moses — the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) candidate hoping to unseat the five-term legislator — said the district has straggled under Fahie’s leadership.
“Over these past two decades, District One has lagged behind … The current state of the district requires immediate attention and that is why I am here. That is why I am the one to say enough is enough,” Moses told a gathering of supporters at the launch of her campaign in Capoon’s Bay on Saturday.
While underscoring what she suggested was poor representation, Romney-Moses pointed to the unsightly and overgrown vegetation in the district, poor air quality, roads and drainage systems, as well as incomplete park projects, among other things.
Promising to address all those issues if elected as the next representative for that constituency, Romney-Moses said she would start by having certain emergency and revenue-earning services returned to the district.
“As your next district representative I propose to return the police and fire services back in our community,” she said. “[I propose] to see that there is a constant and reliable water supply in the district, develop a proper functioning fisherman’s dock and fish market in Carrot Bay, work diligently towards the restoration of the ferry terminal and seaport operations in West End, [and] champion the development of the long overdue Carrot Bay Park and Cultural Village.”
Carrot Bay Development Plan
The park and village, she said, would be part of a wider Carrot Bay development plan and Belmont development plan.
“The fisherman’s dock project in Carrot Bay needs to be completed and I look forward to having this completed as your next district representative. The establishment of a fisherman’s market in Carrot Bay adjacent to the fisherman’s dock will allow for our local cooks and craft ladies and men to display their crafts and culinary skills. It is time to complete the West End Park and develop and plan for the adjacent landfill. The full completion of the Benjamin Romney Recreational Park and basketball court will be a project I will push for,” Romney-Moses said.
District beautification and air quality improvement
The second set of things on the PVIM candidate’s priority list for the district is what she describes as a beautification project.
She said, if elected, beautification would start within the first three months of taking office.
“Thirdly, the issue of clean air quality would be immediately looked into,” she said. “On a daily basis, the residents of this district, especially those in towers, Freshwater Pond, West End, Carrot Bay, Capoon’s Bay, and Long Bay continue to be affected by the smoke that comes from the incinerator. This also demands immediate attention to understand why this is still happening and to determine what relief should be given to affected residents. There is also the issue of road maintenance. As your district representative, I will work very closely with the appropriate ministries to establish a functioning road crew for District One to ensure that our roads, sidewalks, ghuts … overgrown bushes and trees are regularly maintained.”
Romney-Moses also said she has plans of improving sporting facilities in the district, among other things.
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