He said on his show Honestly Speaking on ZBVI 780 AM last night, February 22, 2022, that it is past time to return to the original HoA building located in Road Town.
“I am also concerned, it continues to be a national disgrace and shame that our House of Assembly is continuously meeting in a gym!
"I am sitting there looking at what goes out worldwide and it has become part of the public’s history, to see the guys and the gals, the people that we elect, conducting business in a gym for so long a period of time.”
He added: “It is a shame and a national disgrace! I remember calling the NDP on this and I am calling my government and when I say my government I’m not talking about personally, because is all of us government. I am calling us on this.”
Mr Skelton-Cline said the territory’s House of Assembly ought to be “a stately, sophisticated, substantive, that communicates an anchor, that communicates surety so that when we drive up to it, when we see it, when we see you in it, it bespeaks all of our hopes and our dreams and our aspirations.”
He continued: “We need to get out of gyms, we need to get out of every other building that is not the HoA and conduct the people’s business and in the requisite house that bespeaks who we are with all of the symbols and substance.”
Borrowing a line from Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Mr Skelton-Cline pointed out that we have become too comfortable in a bad place.”
“Our eyes are adjusting too well to the darkness, our nostrils are adjusting too well to the stench. We as a people in the Virgin Islands accept too much injustice, too much mediocracy,” he stated.
The House of Assembly had relocated its sittings to the Save the Seed Energy Centre in 2020, during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to allow for social distancing protocols to be observed.
When the HoA was damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, sittings were also held at the Save the Seed Energy Centre and the International Arbitration Centre in Wickham's Cay II, before sittings returned to a refurbished HoA building in March 2018.