Territorial At-Large Representative Neville ’Sheep’ Smith said the government should consider putting the planned fisheries building for the Red Bay Fisherman’s Wharf in East End at an alternative location.
The project, which commenced through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, is a part of the greater East End, Fat Hog’s Bay Harbour Development Project.
“I want to bring to the government that we need to maybe think a second of building that building that we are going to build in Red Bay and just put the dock as it is and try to find somewhere else to put this Fisheries building,” Smith said in the House of Assembly (HOA).
Smith said the consideration should be made to allow other persons to ‘try to do something’ at the location as well.
The lawmaker named a resident whom he said has an issue with the dock. Smith futher told fellow legislators that the person should be accommodated.
“I’m saying that because I really feel as if we need to work with the people,” Smith said. “So, it is a controversial thing but I think we need to look at it and see how we can accommodate him in some sort of manner and not just play hardball.”
Smith suggested that Eighth District Representative Marlon Penn would agree with the initiative since it will help to avoid some of the confusion that has been happening in relation to the project.
Former Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley previously said the Red Bay Fisherman’s Wharf plays a vital role in the territory’s fishing industry as it serves as a fishing hub for the eastern end of Tortola.