Temporary relocations are being considered for vendors at the West End Ferry Dock during the construction/renovation of the facility, Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool assured during the House of Assembly sitting on 14 August.
The Minister’s comment was in response to a question regarding the relocation of vendors who were displaced as a result of the project. In responding, the Minister informed that considerations are being made for the vendors.
“The BVI Ports Authority will be encouraged by the Minstry to look at providing temporary space in the vicinity for vendors until a more prominent space can be made available in the new West End dock development.”
During the 13 June sitting of the House, Hon. Vanterpool assured the First District Representative, that works would commence at the terminal. At that time, Hon. Vanterpool disclosed: “I am told and learnt that the BVI Ports Authority is going to take this project up now as high priority… All the aspects of it will be taken into consideration, as the government believes the West End project is a very important project going forward. Therefore, it is going to be taken up. I cannot get any timeline or dates at this point, as I would be misleading. But, I know it’s a high priority of the government and the Board, and therefore it will be taken up very soon.”
A number of issues have been cited as plaguing the West End Ferry Dock among which is space limitations. The space constraint was highlighted in the Customs Department’s report that was tabled in the House of Assembly on 19 November last year.
Earlier this year it was disclosed that the previously announced grand plans for the West End Jetty/Ferry Terminal have been discarded and will be replaced by a significantly cheaper project.