Major Projects Delayed Until 2018

HE the Governor Elizabeth Carriere and Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo at Monday, September 14, 2015 Press Conference.

HE the Governor Elizabeth Carriere and Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo at Monday, September 14, 2015 Press Conference.

BRADES – It may be 2018 before Montserrat sees significant movement in the advancement of capital projects.

According to information released during Monday’s joint press conference by Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere and Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo, while projects are in the works, local businesses may not see the benefit in the short term.

A new hospital for Montserrat has been agreed in principle with DFID but the relevant business cases are yet to be finalised. DFID Representative Martin Dawson told the press it is expected that within the next 12 months we will see the completion of a health financing and health function review which are key elements of the hospital project. The project would then need to go through the design and tender process.

Currently not finalised is the location of the hospital but Little Bay is the preferred option for it, Discover Montserrat has learned.

The A-1 Road project which would see all roads up to New Windward resurfaced is under review. Procurement for the 21 million dollar project is scheduled to begin in 2016 with completion of road works by 2019.

A purpose-built ferry is to be procured in 2016. DFID believes the ferry would then be in use in 2018.

There is an additional 21 million earmarked for capital projects including housing and drainage. Elements of this project, the premier said could start in the near future but no definitive timeline has been given.

Premier Romeo also revealed that the planned hotel project for Rendezvous Bay is on hold while land litigation issues are resolved.

 

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1 Response

  1. Montserrat Citizen says:

    Your tag line is somewhat misleading.
    “Major Projects Delayed Until 2018”
    The Hospital project for example is not delayed. It is a brand new project; not the refurbishment project that was agreed to by the previous government. The Ferry is not delayed as it was never finalized; the reason for 2018 is that it takes that long to purpose build and commission the boat. So with that knowledge why are you characterizing it as delayed? A little bit of objectivity would not go amiss.
    If the A1 Road Project is scheduled to begin in 2016, how do you then say that “It may be 2018 before Montserrat sees significant movement in the advancement of capital projects.”? And the other major 21 million project which is starting now to build houses and road improvements; is that not major, and is it not starting now? If the Premier did not give a precise time ask the Housing Minister and the Works Minister.
    Nothing wrong with being critical, but when comparing, you must also look at what happened before. For example, the only ‘major’ achievement by the previous government in their first year in office was the passage of the Montserrat Constitution Order. That certainly did not create any jobs.

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