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Private sector workers answer call to patch deplorable east end road

Business owners in heavy equipment and cement industries were today commended for donating their services to repairing the Greenland and Lambert roadway on the eastern end of Tortola.

They are Jamal Forde of F&S Marines who provided trucking services and labour, Benaldo Frett who provided a backhoe, and Dion Crabbe of Island Concrete who provided the cement needed for the patchwork.

In an interview with BVI News, District Representative Marlon Penn commended all parties involved for taking the time to deliver on a request he had made for assistance.

Penn said the road in the area was initially dug up for public utility purposes but was never repaired. It had started to become a safety issue for pedestrians and motorists.

“I asked them for assistance to really get some relief to the citizens who have been struggling with the issue of the damage roads within sections of the community … They said, ‘well, ok, we’ll do our part’. And they got together and within a few hours they coordinated amongst each other and in no time they had the patchwork done,” Penn told BVI News.

Relevant authorities were taking too long

Penn, who is also the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, said he had made several requests to the relevant authorities to get the issue fixed.

With a slow response to address the problem, Penn said he came to his “wit’s end”.

“I didn’t see that I was getting a quick enough response on the issue and the community was really struggling with traversing back and forth to their homes because of the damage, and the recent rains made it even worse,” he stated.

East End/Long Look community spirit

Penn said the East End/ Long Look area has always had a community-driven spirit where residents assist when possible.

He alluded to a time immediately after hurricanes Irma and Maria where the community came together to help needy residents.

“It is something that I want to continue to keep pushing and I have been promoting because I think it is important for all of us to understand that we all have a responsibility for our communities. We have to do our part to assist persons in the communities who have fallen short in those who don’t have the ability or the resources or the connection to get the kind of support they need,” Penn explained.

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  1. Very Good says:

    Very good community spirit.
    I see a private company in Port Purcell dug up their own roadway in Port Purcell to run pipes during construction and now the building is completed and rented and the road is still deplorable. and every day hundreds of customers who patronize the many businesses in that area has to suffer. I am sure they do not skip a beat to collect the rent but will do nothing about the deplorable road condition.

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  2. Accuracy says:

    “Dion Crabbe of Island Concrete who provided the cement”
    Why would he provide cement when the road needs to be fixed with concrete and he owns a concrete company?

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  3. Now says:

    Great job so far though the road at lambert isn’t completed. It’s about time they gave back something for free since the water that’s been used to mix the cement has been FREE FOREVER for them. The other companies should also give back to the community other than the cement deposits they leave on the hillsides making the roads worse daily and the small mountains of cement the leave all over the island road side when washing out the remainder Without any resistance from the law or government.

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    • @now says:

      Really now! What you given back to your community? Instead of here measuring what someone has done or should have done long go do something. Just be thankful and keep moving and pay it forward. I’m really tired of the negativity and ungratefulness of you people. Sometimes I you people would just STFU.

      Thank you all for your contribution as a resident of the area I’m truly grateful.

  4. vip heckler says:

    The deputy premier paved from pariquita bay to the police station east end but wont go any further just because district 8th is controlled by the NDP. There are some huge potholes on the stretch of road by rite breeze

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  5. Anonymous says:

    @ vip heckler: The continued obstacle to our progress as a community and a people. The disunity of us.

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