Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) political candidate Karl Scatliffe believes it is a waste of taxpayers money to conduct remedial works on structures weakened by the 2017 hurricanes.
In a recent interview with BVI News, Scatliffe used the Fire and Rescue Services headquarters in Road Town and the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) campus as prime examples. Scatliffe, who claims he has worked in construction before, said the two structures should be demolished and rebuilt.
“If you walk around the fire station, the walls are actually crumbling. So, what are you going to do? A quick fix?” Scatliffe questioned. “That whole building is structurally unfit for a fire station and I think if we are in the 21st century, we need a state-of-the-art fire station. We need to be thinking outside of the box and be innovative. That building needs to go down. It is inadequate for them,” the political candidate said.
Scatliffe — who is seeking to become the next representative of the Fourth Electoral District, where the fire station in question is located — further told BVI News he is not the only one who has those sentiments.
“Speaking with the firemen, they agree,” Scatliffe said.
“If you are looking at what they (construction workers assigned to the fire station) are doing, they are starting from the roof. Nobody builds from the roof down. People build from the foundation up.”
Repairs to the building only began recently — some 15 months after the onslaught of Hurricane Irma.
Government signed a $795,541.62 contract with Quality Construction Limited to repair the hurricane-ravaged facility.
Same for ESHS
Scatliffe, in the meantime, further said the L-shaped buildings on the ESHS campus in Road Town should also be demolished and rebuilt.
“If we are going to do something, break it down and do it properly so when we put them (students) in there, we don’t have to worry about the building for the next 20 years.”
Education Minister Myron Walwyn had, however, said the L-shaped building — which is being restored to accept senior ESHS students — is structurally sound.
Walwyn said, while there is some structural work to be done on the building, the 2017 hurricanes had primarily damaged or destroyed the school’s electrical system and panels, and wiring. Lights and fixtures will also need replacing on all four floors of the L-shaped building before it becomes student-ready.
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