Landowners on Virgin Gorda are said to be behind the delay of the Lee Road sewerage project, which was expected to be completed some two months ago on the sister island.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works Jeremy Hodge said the matter has become a ‘challenge’ to authorities.
“We have a matter that we are trying to rectify whereby the project requires us to repair the drain through somebody’s property,” he explained.
“It [the drain] already existed there but we need to do some work on that if we are able to get consent from the owners. There are about two owners.”
Hodge said he was unable to give a timeline when the project would be complete; noting government has to receive compliance from the landowners first.
He said any agreement between government and the landowners in question would not involve the landowners getting compensation.
Back in February, residents were told they would have had to wait till April to see the lingering issue of water pooling on the Lee Road addressed.
The water has been the cause of much discomfort to Virgin Gordians since the 2017 August floods.
Residents believe the water pooling is as a result of drainage issues; particularly after a nearby pond was dumped with soil.
At the time, Permanent Secretary in the aforementioned ministry Anthony McMaster said discussions with property owners were ‘positive’ and he was confident the issue would be rectified by April.
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