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Gov’t granted extension to store derelict items at Pockwood Pond

Government has been granted permission to continue to temporarily store derelict vehicles and materials at an area in Pockwood Pond since the collection process remains ongoing.

This follows the December 31 expiration of the lease agreement between government and the landowner.

“We were able to negotiate with the landowners to allow us to remain on site until when this last trip is made. We don’t know exactly when because they have to offload what was carried, then they have to come back,” Minister of Health Carvin Malone told BVI News in a recent interview.

The Ministry of Health was aiming to have all derelict items out of the territory before the lease had expired, but due to the large volume of items remaining in the territory, the barge ferrying the derelicts out will now have to make an additional trip.

“We have to make one more trip in order to get all of the vehicles off the island. There were a tremendous amount of vehicles that were carried on the last trip. However, it did not complete the entire removal and we have been continuing the collection of derelict vehicles,” Minister Malone said.

He added: “It took a while before the other one (trip) was filled and left, so we have to bring those derelicts down from Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, so all of that is to be done and once completed then we can have an all-clear situation.”

As an incentive, the Ministry of Health has been spearheading a fast-track programme where wreckers and operators are being paid $80 per load to take derelict vehicles to the temporary site at Pockwood Pond.

Persons who may know of the location of any derelict vehicles within the territory are asked to inform the Ministry of Health to ensure the full removal of such items.

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  1. and yet... says:

    and yet there are still thousands of derelict cars all over the place. Sometimes I wonder if ppl are blind or simply think it is normal to have a wrecked car in their yard. What kind of ppl have so little regard for themselves and others that they do this?

  2. Haha says:

    If it’s one thing that Carvin Malone sure knows how to prolong a vibe sah

  3. ?? says:

    Kudos Ministry of Health for the trying job being done now !!!

    However, other efforts that must be enforced now are:

    no bulky waste at dumpsters, but have a bi-monthly bulky waste collection at designated areas using the large movable dumpsters,

    litter wardens in uniform on the street and in the neighbourhoods with law enforcement powers
    and ticket books and be able to present cases that will stand up in court as well as cameras at certain dumpsites,

    collaboration between with Min/Transportation, Utilities & Works, HMCustoms, Min/Health to not allow anymore cheap, age old, right hand drive vehicles from Japan that are coming through the other Caribbean Islands and are becoming derelict quickly because of pricey replacement parts, and

    set the standard that left hand drive vehicles are the only ones allowed on BVI roads with the exception of those used for mass transit

    • Eh? says:

      Instead lets keep LHD only so people overtake blind swerving into opposite tradfic. Much better. Some of us prefer the safety of RHD, and the generally much better (read safer more roadworthy) condition of jap imports compared to island cars for the same money.

      JDM parts are not an issue if you do the research and pick the right cars. These days most cars only have minor differences between different markets.

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  4. Dont bother says:

    Just leave it. BVIslanders are natural pigs who love to wallow in their own garbage. Just look around. Filthiest islands in the Caribbean. Haiti looks better kept per capita.

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    • @dont bother says:

      BVIslanders are minority in their own land so I am guessing you meant other nationalities. Right now I have a neighbor with 4 damaged cars and he is not from the BVI.

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