Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull said he will continue to advocate for utility companies in the British Virgin Islands to repair the roadways after use.
Roads are excavated or dug up for a number of reasons. Sometimes they are dug to expand the territory’s water distribution network, to repair and place damaged pipelines, to install fibre optic cables, among other things.
Turnbull, who was addressing the concerns of residents in Spooner’s Estate on Tuesday, said: “The government’s position and policy is that if Flow or CCT or Water & Sewerage or whoever digs up the road, they have the responsibility to pay for it to be put back the way it was.”
“[However], what continues to happen is no one holds them accountable so the next time Public Works or whoever is doing paving or patching, that’s when it happens. And, it would take persons like myself or other district representatives to keep calling for it to happen. These persons are not being held accountable … so how do we change that? I will just keep lobbying about it because I experience it. I believe everyone experiences it,” he added.
One male resident present at the meeting said the road-related issue has become more serious in the Spooner’s Estate community.
He claimed that the issue has persisted for years.
He said: “After the hurricanes, Water & Sewerage came in and made some connections — the roads still dug up. Coming in on the main road, you have to be swerving from this big hole. Once in awhile, people will try to fill it up, but they need to fix the road.”
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