LETTER: Dissatisfied City East Resident

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Unsatisfied City East resident.

Taking this situation back to 2014 to present. I’ve made several complaints to the sitting representative (Melford Nicholas) & also Harold Lovell about my road situation.

I’ve explained to them that the road isn’t a government road (the road was cut by the previous land owner so we can have access to our lands at the back)

Both of them made a commitment to assist.

Harold Lovell made another commitment  about 2 years ago while the other since 2014 & up to this day nothing was done.

Harold said: “I know some people in public Works whom i can contact to possibly lay some stones for you”

Melford said: It seems like a concrete road will best suit this area & all roads in my constituency will be fixed.

Why would you make a commitment when you know that you aren’t going to do anything to help? Typical politicians right? Empty promises/commitments?

This surely can’t be the road they expect me to walk on to go to the polling station because when the day comes & my road is still like this i shall not be leaving my house.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Are you serious? It’s a private road meaning it’s yours to fix. You want the government to fix a road you created to separate your land from another? What is wrong with Antiguans. The government must do everything. No man, fix your road yourself and don’t go to the polls, you’d probably screw up your vote anyway because you are too clownish to realize your private road is your problem.

  2. “I’ve explained to them that the road isn’t a government road (the road was cut by the previous land owner so we can have access to our lands at the back)”

    The better question to answer is whether the lands being occupied were owned by the government or a private landowner. If the lands were purchased from a private landowner, it is that person’s responsibility to build the roads, not the government. Too often, private landowners sell land and do not put in the necessary infrastructure then residents rant against the government. It is the private seller who should be feeling the wrath for short changing buyers.

  3. Doesn’t the road become government responsibility after a few years, similar to other infrastructure? I think this is what they are trying to say.

    • @?? No, it does not. The initial construction of road and other infrastructure is the responsibility of the private landowner. The problem is that government needs to hold these people responsible and either force them to put in the necessary infrastructure OR put in the infrastructure and send the bill to the private landowners by way of property taxes through Inland Revenue Department. Because government has been doing it without any fuss, people automatically think that it is their responsibility when it is not.

    • What nonsense… chups
      Then all developers could just trick the Government after a few year to pay for infrastructure?
      What foolishness….. its not Government’s responsibility to fix a private road

  4. So what did Melford have to say? If the Cabinet spokesperson can’t help you and his govt has been in power since 2014, what do you realistically expect Lovell can do? This is something you should take up with your representative. Go to his office or stake him out when he comes through the constituency. A letter to the Editor won’t help you and staying away from the polls won’t help either. Tell Melford what he needs to do to get your vote. That’s your best shot. During election time the impossible becomes possible!

  5. It seems to me that you’re looking to government to pave your driveway. There are certain obligations that you have property owner.

  6. A similar situation here. Private lands. No proper roads. Homeowners have to run water pipes through other people’s properties. No gutters, so the rain water runs down the hills and washes away the roads. Bush from unoccupied properties covering the roads. Inadequate street lighting. Garbage bins all over. And the list goes on. Who in government is there to see to it that people selling lands put in infrastructure?? How can someone living above someone, control the soakaway excess flowing onto that property below? Who do you complain to?? Trees growing over electric wires but can’t get any advice from APUA on how to go about getting it up safely. Lord help us.

  7. What nonsense… chups
    Then all developers could just trick the Government after a few year to pay for infrastructure?
    What foolishness….. its not Government’s responsibility to fix a private road

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