Recommissioning the Sea Cows Bay water plant is among the plans Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for the Third Electoral District Dr Arlene Smith-Thompson said she would put in effect if elected into office.
She said recommissioning the plant would be a temporary solution to bring much-needed relief to residents of the district while a long-term fix materialises. Residents of that constituency have been experiencing inconsistent water supply for years.
Speaking at her campaign launch in Sea Cow’s Bay on Saturday, Dr Smith-Thompson said, under a VIP administration, she will establish a scholarship fund to assist students at all levels in the district. She proposes to have business owners and private residents fund the scholarship.
While still on the subject of youth and education, she promised to create an atmosphere of inclusion for differently-abled students. She said her goal is to eliminate the need for these students to go abroad to study. Dr Smith-Thompson also said a VIP government would create a programme to employ youngsters in the district.
The political newcomer listed further plans of establishing a roadside farmer’s market and a health and wellness council to monitor chronic health issues and promote healthy lifestyles.
Some of her other plans would be to develop neighbourhood watches, particularly to look out for the seniors and homebound residents.
She said they would also seek to engage local authorities to determine meaningful solutions to combat the air pollution being caused by the incinerator at Pockwood Pond. Addressing housing needs, usually-poor road conditions, as well as setting up a district beautification council tasked with community clean-ups are among her other plans Dr Smith-Thompson outlined.
“The history of our district clearly shows that our people have been loyal and committed to the ideals of the VIP; a party that is concerned about the economic and social wellbeing of our people. I am giving you an opportunity, once again, to carry on this long-standing tradition by voting for me under the VIP banner,” she said.
Time to move on from, residents told
VIP chairman Andrew Fahie also urged the district to make a change in their representation.
“Right now you are experiencing bitter [representation] … but you deserve better. The change that you want is here in Dr Arlene Smith-Thompson,” he said.
Fahie, who has sat in the First District seat for as long as Fraser has been the Third District representative — since the year 1999 — added: “I have nothing against your current representative (Fraser) who was with the VIP. We love him, and I will never say anything bad about him, but there comes a time when you have to move on.”
Fraser, who broke from the VIP, is now hoping to be successful at the upcoming polls and form the next government of the Virgin Islands with his new party, Progressives United.
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