Eighth District Representative Marlon Penn has accused the government of being tone-deaf following the publication of a photo on social media which showed a tourist posing in a pothole near the Tortola Pier Park.
The pothole was reportedly filled by staff of the Public Works Department less than 24 hours after the photo first made its rounds.
This left many residents questioning why their complaints about pothole-filled roads have been ignored for years. It also led to the posting of a number of copycat photos of persons posing in other potholes that also needed to be filled.
In addition to the pothole problem, Penn said many people are faced with tough decisions on whether to pay their light bill or put food on their table.
“Many of them are opting not to pay their light bill and hope that it doesn’t get cut for a month or two and then they could hold on and find some money or somebody to assist them to help pay this bill,” he expressed.
Penn added: “It seems that the government is tone-deaf to these issues. You saw where there was a picture of a tourist in a pothole. In less than 12 or 24 hours it was fixed. And there was one up in my constituency with a pot actually in a hole up Hope Hill. You know, so these are the real concerns that people have.”
Over the years, there have been numerous complaints about the road conditions in the territory, including in the East End area which Penn represents. The District Representative complained that his car could barely make the drive from Beef Island to the East End Police station.
Penn said young people are paying attention and noted that a young person complained to him recently and requested his thoughts on the neglect of the roads in the territory.
According to Penn, he was asked whether it was an issue of competence that the roads continued to be neglected after the government announced that its asphalt plant was up and running.
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