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Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament

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Providenciales, 12 Feb 2016 – A row over what has and has not been done for Grand Turk broke out in the House of Assembly this week and it still remains unclear when the Capital will begin to see more distinctly the repairs and infrastructural enhancements so many are clamoring for.

Hon. Edwin Astwood: “Madame Speaker for three and a half years we have been complaining about the state of Grand Turk, and yes nothing has been done. I would say it has gotten worse. Madame Speaker this is the worse I have ever seen Front Street in my life and in the front of the House of Assembly has about a foot of water, right there. The seawall, what are you all doing, we are supposed to be fixing the seawall but what you just put a wall that should be around someone’s house and put it in the front of the sea with the force of waves that are coming in…the waves are coming over that wall now, that wall will soon be down. It’s only the sand that is holding up; please fix these things right. Grand Turk is falling apart.”

He added, “We had visitors here from Canada, the CPA and I must say I did not meet them, I did not come this morning to meet them, cause what am I gonna show them? This is my town, this is the capital, this is how the Capital looks and we are inviting people to this Capital.”

Hon Edwin Astwood is the representative for Grand Turk South and chided the PNP Administration for the fact that the House of Assembly still has issues with its air conditioning, and that the House of Assembly also had no water on the morning the Canadian Parliamentarians visited.

“…And you here bragging about what you’ve done and bringing Ministerial statement after Ministerial statement, this is nothing this is only words. I am tired of these events,” charged Astwood, MP.

Astwood said the Government must do what it was elected to do, that it must perform and commanded the Rufus Ewing led team to “stop misleading the people.”

Well the other side took exception to this passionate presentation, the Premier responded with equal fervor.

Hon. Rufus Ewing, Premier: “…putting a seawall is not an overnight fix, it is not something we can say this is a problem and just go out there and erect a seawall. You need engineering Madame Speaker, the facts, engineering and them put money behind it that alone will cost over $20 million, at minimum to properly address the seawall in Grand Turk and that is part of what the $60 million loan from the CDB is going toward this year. So don’t stand there as if we are not doing anything; going on emotions.”

It was last week that the Director of Road Safety and Transport advised that Front Street in Grand Turk would now be a one way thoroughfare.

Specifically, it was communicated that “going north from the Tourist Board Office onto West Road straight down to the end of West Road by Mitch Rolling House is now a one way street effective February 1, 2016.”

During House debate this week, both the Elections and the Political Activities amendment ordinances were passed.

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