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The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has suspended the project for a post office for Carrot Bay, according to Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith.
First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) asked the Premier when the Post Office in Carrot Bay would be functional. He asked the question against the backdrop that Government had refurbished a Government-owned building in Carrot Bay for the provision of post office services to the public.
In response, Premier Smith said it remains the same up to this point; however, the urgency to refurbish the main post office in Road Town resulted in the works on the post office in Carrot Bay being suspended for a while.
"It remains my intent to revisit this project in short order with the view to determine how best it can be utilized," he said.
Hon. Fahie then asked the Premier if there is a definition for short order and requested a timeframe.
"...It certainly does not mean at the end of December. Short order, I would say within the next six months," the Premier stated.
However, the First District Representative said, "Oh months you gone to; well Jesus. Well alright, I will tell the people of Carrot Bay that they wouldn't hear anything before the next six months."
Just under a month before the November 2011 general elections, Hon. Fahie in a report to the people of the First District stated that through his representation, they were able to get the Virgin Islands Party Government to purchase a building to house the "now modern post office", which at the time, he said would have been opened in another few days.
At the time, Hon. Fahie said once the post office is up and running, residents would be able to pay their utility bills there instead of having to travel to Road Town. He had also stated that the building would house an internet café.