It is no secret the capital city of Road Town struggles to provide adequate parking for the convoy of motorists who traverse the area daily. Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman Andrew Fahie has therefore proposed a solution that is commonly used in large, developed countries such as the United States.
He said a VIP government would “seek proposals from the public for the construction of high-rise parking in Road Town”.
High-rise parking facilities are multistorey buildings designed for vehicle parking. It provides for parking on several levels of those structures.
Fahie proposed such a facility for the BVI during his Annual First District Report and Recommitment to Service address at Capoon’s Bay, Tortola on Saturday.
Fahie’s three-‘D’ proposal
The parking proposal is part of a larger three-discipline approach Fahie has planned if his party is elected as the next government of the Virgin Islands. The VIP chairman describes these disciplines as the three D’s — decentralization, digitalization, and diversification.
Decentralisation has to do with branching off an organisation and/or certain services from one central location to other locations.
Diversifacation, in the meantime, has become somewhat of a buzzword in recent times, considering the problems currently bedevilling the territory’s main economic pillar — the financial services. While Fahie did not specify, there have been reported plans of diversifying the BVI’s economy more towards tourism and agriculture. Fahie, in the meantime, also did not expound on his plans of the third ‘D’ — digitalisation.
In addition to other promises of implementing consumer protection and whistleblower legislation — two laws the governing National Democratic Party has failed to deliver on during their two consecutive terms in office –, Fahie promised improved social development systems for residents.
“[A VIP administration] will establish a land bank, so that you, especially our young people, can genuinely own a piece of this rock … [we] will ensure that every man and every woman will have a better opportunity to provide for their families and to live their lives in dignity,” he said.