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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