One of the persons credited with resisting the controversial Bates-Hill Agreement in the late 60s, Mr Vaughn Maduro, has died.
Although his name is not among the popular ones, Mr Maduro aka ‘Old Oak’ was said to be a close friend of the late Noel Lloyd and was also a member of the Positive Action Movement (PAM).
He was part of the resistance against British developer Kenneth Bates from owning large portions of land at Wickham’s Cay and Anegada via 199-year leases.
Opposition to the Bates-Hill agreement and the formation of PAM began when it was rumoured that the company did not plan to allow locals access to the site except in a service capacity.
Following massive demonstrations and marches to Government House and the Chief Minister’s Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) the British government agreed to buy back the leases in 1970, via a $5.8M loan to the territory.
The Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Vaughn Maduro.