More residents of Anegada will have titles to their land in a matter of weeks, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour & Immigration, Vincent Wheatley has said.
He explained that, as promised during the VIP’s election campaign, this will be done by “finalising the outstanding land issues and moving speedily on the creation of the land bank”.
“While some of these issues are straight forward, there are some of them that are more intricate in nature and will take a bit more time. Therefore, I ask for your patience and understanding. But, rest assured these matters will be addressed and, and it is hoped that as early as next month, April, we will begin granting land titles to people of Anegada.”
The Natural Resources Minister said granting land titles to Anegada residents’ land is of ‘great importance’ to the Premier Fahie government and pledged to move swiftly to address them.
He gave that assurance while addressing the First Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on Tuesday.
Fixing Virgin Gorda’s banking issue
While describing the unavailability of a bank on Virgin Gorda as a ‘frustrating and vexing issue’, Wheatley pledges to restore banking services to the island in short order.
Virgin Gorda has been without a bank since last year after Scotiabank pulled out of the island and merged their services with its Tortola branch.
Prior to Scotiabank’s departure, CIBC First Caribbean bank which sustained damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, closed their sole location on the sister island.
The National Bank of the Virgin Islands and Banco Popular are said to be exploring the possibility of opening respective branches on the island and restore banking services to Virgin Gorda once more.
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