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Persons still living in emergency shelter now nearly 4 years later

Health & Social Development Minister Carvin Malone

Some persons who were displaced by hurricanes Irma and Maria back in September 2017 are still living in an emergency shelter, now nearly four years since the disasters happened.

That shelter is the North Sound Community Centre on Virgin Gorda.

Health & Social Development Minister Carvin Malone gave that indication while giving an update on the upgrades and repairs to be undergone at community centres across the territory.

“According to officials at the Social Development Department, efforts are being made to relocate the individuals so that the centre could be utilised for the purpose intended,” the minister stated in the House of Assembly last week.

Repair works for this community centre was completed in July of last year. Malone said the works were slightly delayed because of the territory-wide lockdown due to COVID-19.

The other repairs

The minister also gave updates on eight other facilities. He said Zane Potter Construction has been contracted to work on the East End Long Look Community Centre. The proposed start date for that project is June 7, 2021 and works are expected to be completed within three to four months.

Designs — submitted last month — have been approved for the new roof of the Brewers Bay Community Centre. The next step is to hire a certified quantity surveyor to produce a priced bill of quantities for the repair works.

Malone said the priced bill of quantities for the repair works to the Cane Garden Bay Community Centre have been submitted and 3DE Limited was engaged last month to provide the drawings for repairs. Drawings should be completed by the middle of May 2021.

Upgrade works to the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre includes repairs to the roof, plumbing and electrical installation, repairs to the kitchen cabinets and other millworks and the installation of hurricane shutters. Works are expected to be completed by the end of May 2021. 

Works completed at West End

Works on the West End Community Centre have been completed and arrangements are being made for a ceremony for the handing over of the keys. 

As for the Purcell Community Centre, Malone said the project will be publicly tendered by the first week of May 2021.

Next is the Anegada Community Centre. This project was recently tendered and bids are due by the first week of May 2021 and works should start during June 2021.

“The Long Trench Community Centre. This project is also being funded by the EU. The coordinator Mr [Ronnie] Lettsome has indicated that he will provide an official update on the scope of works by the 1st week of May 2021. Tender documents are currently being prepared. Mr Lettsome will also provide a definitive date for the start of the tendering process,” Malone stated.

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  1. heckler says:

    Look at this less thing…Couldn’t even be deputy

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  2. Virgin Gorda says:

    Did anyone happen to notice that the Virgin Gorda Community center is not full built????
    Only the basement was built when it was approved during O’Neil. I think the funding to finish it was cut after a new administration came in.
    The BVI has all these partial projects scattered all over the place. Can’t we just finish a few of these??? This community center was to provide a place for youth and elder folks to have activities. When kids are out of school there needs to be something for them…otherwise we end up with scooters and petty crime (like we have now).
    I am sorry for the people that have needed to live there for the past 4 years, but please don’t just put a Band-Aid on this and pat yourselves on the back that it is ‘done’. Put the second floor on it as designed and make it into a proper place to hold events and have youth activities!!

  3. The misfits says:

    They went and promised the people that they will build house for them right after election to get their votes. Once they got in that was it. A bunch of imposters. Posing as competent when they are only a bunch of misfits.

  4. Popcorn head says:

    Just look at that waste of time Carvin. I really thought he had more sense

  5. LILIS says:

    SO WHAT HAPPEN WITH THE INSURENCE ? AND WHY AGAIN VIP HAS TO BUILD WHEN THAT TRAGEDY HAPPEND NDP WAS THERE WHY DONT YOU ALL GO AND ASKK NDP ? AND INSURENCE OR YOU ALL WERE NOT PAYING ? WHAT THE STORY BEHINDE AND NOW WANTS TO BLAME VIP!!!! GO TO YOUR NDP TO GET THE MONEY TO HELP YOU ALL HAS NOTHIN TO DO WITH VIP !!! DUMMY

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