Opposition legislator and Representative of the Fourth Electoral District, Hon. Mark Vanterpool is advocating for the Andrew Fahie-led regime to reclaim some land from the Elmore Stoutt High School to upgrade the House of Assembly (HoA).
Hon. Vanterpool made the suggestion on Monday, October 12, 2020, during the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Road Town Market Square.
His remarks were made on the backdrop that the HoA should be more conspicuously displayed due to its significance.
“We must have some pride in our institutions. The HoA in any country is considered one of the highest, in fact, the highest institution and therefore we need to permanently display the HOA and permanently have it look like a HoA and the avenue of the HoA should be highly respected and prominently developed and displayed,” he remarked.
He said during his tenure as the Minister for Works; entrepreneurs have constantly approached him to ‘offer to do many things along the avenue.
However, Vanterpool said, “I have done everything possible to avoid that until we properly develop this avenue that goes up to the HoA with all the plants and trees and sidewalks and to get the right feeling that this is the most important place in the territory and especially in the city of Road Town.”
He added: “This project today begins that process, and I hope that as it is beautifully designed and that it will be implemented and maintained as part of the avenue of the HoA. So Mr. Chief Planner (Gregory Adams) I want you to continue to work with the Minister (Hon. Kye Rymer) to make sure that we can very quickly implement that, it is not difficult, its sidewalks, its trees, but it gives the prominence. So that when the Minister for Finance eventually approves the right funding to redevelop the HoA as it should be, that we will take some more land from the (Elmore Stoutt) high school on the right and develop it prominently as the best and most important institution in the Virgin Islands.”