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Wheatley calls on Governor to probe non-performing Crown leases

Vincent Wheatley

Former Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Vincent Wheatley, has urged Governor John Rankin to look into the issue of non-performing Crown leases, arguing that the current situation should not be allowed to continue.

The Ninth District Representative noted in a Facebook post at the weekend that he observed that the Harbour in North Sound on Virgin Gorda was now empty.

But Wheatley suggested that this was not always the case and said he could not help but wonder when the territory will ever see a mega yacht facility there again.

“Governor Rankin, please add this to your list of leases and Crown land transfers that the COI (Commission of Inquiry) should be looking into,” Wheatley said. 

He added: “These are non-performing Crown leases signed by your office. This should not be allowed to go on any longer. This is wrong, wrong, wrong! And we are paying the price for it. Needs fixing now!”

What did you do about it?

Wheatley, however, faced some pushback for being the previous minister responsible for land and not rectifying the issue during his tenure. 

“I am asking as former Minister responsible for lands, what did you do about this situation?” a resident quizzed. 

“I am asking because I believe we are at a point in this country where your comment requires more substance and recommendations. Your comment requires focus and problem-solving solution,” Stephanie Faulkner added. “Your comment requires a level of maturity and focus. I believe the quicker we get away from “playing” victim politics, the quicker we can begin to develop the very country we know that we are and want to see. Time is up for playing mind games.”

In response, Wheatley denied playing games and suggested that he did what he could about the situation while in office. The former minister, who remains a member of the current unity government, said he now has to work on the situation from another angle.

When pressed by another resident for further details on the matter and why it may have been stalled, the former minister said persons should not get sidetracked on the issue.

“I am not sure that the intricacies of this situation would prove to be too helpful if known. What we do know is that a much-needed yacht club is not there,” Wheatley stated. “There are signed agreements with the Crown that says one should be there. Don’t get side track with the many red herrings out there. The Sound and the BVI needs the facility up and running according to the agreements.”

Tired of excuses

In the meantime, Territorial At-Large Representative Shereen Flax-Charles said she too has been an advocate for rectifying the situation, but with little progress.

“To be honest, I am tired of hearing that files are lost in government departments. It is a poor excuse,” Flax-Charles said. “I, too, have inquired about this situation for many moons only to be given excuses in the past.” 

Flax-Charles said she was made to understand that the ‘land’ aspect has a different lease holder than the seabed, and said she has reached out to both the present Minister, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull as well as the Governor on the matter.

Flax-Charles further said she hopes for a resolution that will be beneficial to residents. 

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  1. Kirkland says:

    Please go back to the bar in VG for a beverage. Thanks

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  2. Johnny walker says:

    It seem like these people don’t learn. It’s the same thing that caused the COI to expose them and they still haven’t learned one thing. You were making up lies on the NDP to get rid of them politically so you kept calling for COI. The wolf came and it killed you first. Now you asking the governor to look into non-performing crown leases. Do you really want to open that pandora box? Do you really?

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  3. U AGAIN bOi says:

    All U GOOD FOR , IS TO WATCH PEOPLE MONEY WHAT THEY WORKED FOR AND FIND WAYS TO DOUBLE TAX THEM , YOU ARE AN E**L ? EXCUSE A FOR A REAL HUMAN/ GO JOIN SAINT ANDREW

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  4. VG says:

    When-where was this meeting held.I would have make it my pleasure to attend.vi ncent boy only in the BVI.YOU are very dem**ic”as former minister responsible
    Ihave to look at it from a different angle”What needs to do is start locking you cr**inals away

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  5. Horrible man says:

    This man is sick. I could never forget the way he treated the expatriate community during the pandemic. God don’t sleep. Look you lose your job. You are not a nice man at all.

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  6. Hmmm says:

    Vincent you think you slick. You were the Minister. Why did you not deal with it. Oh I forgot no m**ey under the table or you were in the b** and had no time

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  7. Only the truth says:

    Vincent is a waste he needs to go!

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  8. 1st district original says:

    Hope the govenor looking into the lease of Smugglers Cove. I can’t see how we money pay for property and ONE individual is entitled to the lease!!

  9. B** hopping says:

    Stick to what you do BEST!!!

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  10. Really says:

    You were the minister for years, all you were interested in was harassing work permit holders, even the children who grew up here from infancy you took away the little privilege’s of a work permit exemption. How callous can you be. Now you want Governor to investigate crown lands when you had al the authority to do so then.

  11. Not a fan says:

    This same man said one of the reasons there are still sunk boats all around Tortola is because we dont have the expertise to remove them. Someone says to him “what about USVI? They all remove their sunk boats so they must know who has the expertise”.

    All Wheatley can say is “I don’t know about USVI”. The man is not clever.

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  12. Stupid says:

    The bar opened early

  13. Pat says:

    He wicked let butch go from here he treated some of his supporters very bad and full of excuses and think we fool fool

  14. hu says:

    This man is sickening. He comes back in the airwave with his foolishness again. He was there for 3 years doing nothing beside victimizing expats. Now he has the ghut to talk about land issues .Go sit down waste of time. Let Mitch address the issue . We don’t need your advise or reminder. Go sit down joker.

  15. Licher and Sticher says:

    Cousin Vinny looking tired like he need to be sent home

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