At-Large Representative Neville Smith has called for the government to implement a policy that would make it mandatory for owners to maintain buildings situated in the BVI’s capital, Road Town.
Smith made the call on Monday, October 12 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Road Town Market Square. He said the work owners would do on their buildings would complement the work government is doing work to improve the capital.
“In town, we need to come up with a business policy that all businesses, building owners meet a code to have their buildings maintained and kept in a perfect condition to compliment what we are doing now. These are the things we need to put in place to make sure that the town is a capital,” Smith said.
His suggestion was met with applause from the audience.
Smith also urged Works Minister Kye Rymer to maintain the Road Town Market Square once its built, adding that the BVI has a general problem with maintaining public buildings and facilities.
In his remarks, Works Minister Kye Rhymer said the Road Square Market project is one of many the government is undertaking to improve the BVI’s capital.
He said the Market Square will be a modern, economic, and social space that both residents and visitors can enjoy.
“Upon completion of this facility, patrons will be able to enjoy a 16-kiosk shopping splendour accompanied by a gazebo, green spaces, restrooms, bus depot and local, monumental artefacts,” Rymer said.
Premier Andrew Fahie said the improvement of Road Town is long overdue and has been considered by successive governments. He said he is proud that the project is being led by Virgin Islanders across different ministries as it shows that the territory believes in its people and is positively moving towards self-reliance.
“This territory was built on believing in the people of the Virgin Islands. And we drifted from it for a little while, and we have to return … in the road towards self-reliance which must come one of these days, every step we make, every thought we think, everything we do must reflect that we are moving towards that level. because the future is coming whether we want it or not,” Fahie said.
The Road Town Market Square is expected to be completed in nine months. It is part of the government’s ‘Transformation for Resilience and Sustainability: SMART strategies, empowered people and green development’ plan.
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