Dr Pickering – the representative of that district – reported the threat when he accosted Premier Dr D Orlando Smith in the House of Assembly last week.
“I hesitate to do this but … I’ve been told by my people who have sent me as the representative that if I don’t open my mouth, they will open their mouth against me,” said Dr Pickering, who is also Deputy Premier.
He publicly singled out Premier Smith and Works Minister Mark Vanterpool to get the sewerage problems rectified.
I can’t handle the pressure anymore
Dr Pickering went on to explain to legislators that his constituents have been exerting pressure on him about the matter.
“I get the brunt of the criticism and … I can’t handle the pressure anymore,” he said.
“I’ve tried to defend my government. I’ve tried to defend us all against the criticism about [how] we use the money for the pier project and we still haven’t seen anything coming back. I tried to explain it in the public forum but I have to [now] stand up publicly and say that … the people in my community said they cannot deal with the sewerage situation anymore,” added Dr Pickering.
Sewerage has been a longstanding issue in the eastern communities of Tortola and has been met with a number of unfulfilled promises of improvement.
Works Minister Vanterpool promised back in April to have the sewerage problems in those communities rectified by the end of 2018.
According to Vanterpool, a portion of the $65 million that government borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank will fund the project.
“We are now putting a consultant team on it for the final designs to have the sewerage working from East End, Greenland, and Long Look coming down to Paraquita Bay where we have the tertiary treatment plant,” Vanterpool said at the time.
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