Representative of the Fifth Electoral District Delores Christopher has called on legislators to protect BVI lands from expatriate buyers.
Christopher said while she has no animosity towards expats, BVI lands need to be secured from outsiders.
“I’m putting it out there: I ain’t against nobody. A lot of other people come to live among us. It’s been happening forever. But, we must jealously guard our culture, our traditions, our land, our whole lifestyle. Don’t let nobody take it away with their bright ideas. We have bright ideas too,” said Christopher who noted that her family owns land in the British Virgin Islands.
“The Jennings family; five brothers bought the whole of Bell Vue Estate. My grandfather was one of them. So when you see me fighting to preserve some certain things here I have reason to do it. I fighting for my people and my land. I fighting for my heritage. I got to fight. I can’t just sit down and watch it,” she said.
She made the statement days after Premier Dr D Orlando Smith announced that government will be amending the territories residency and Belongership policies.
According to the Premier, the current policies have ‘deficiencies’ that have been longstanding.
He said those deficiencies would be addressed by the first quarter of next year.