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Wedco’s closure of last gazebo in Dockyard a typical show of incompetence

Dear Sir,

I see that West End Development Corporation is up to its usual incompetence. It has closed in the last gazebo in Dockyard to make way for a new shop.

The gazebo was the only shelter left in that area for people to congregate out of the elements as they wait for the ferries.

Common sense should tell one that if you remove the only shelter left, which was built for people that use the ferries, you have to replace it with another shelter. I was up at Dockyard last Thursday morning when we had a lot of rain and there were thousands of cruise ship passengers in that area.

A lot of them got wet because there was not enough adequate shelter in the area where they congregate to catch the ferries. I hope that a lot of those cruise ship passengers complained to someone on the cruise ships about this issue.

I know Wedco planned to close in that gazebo last year because I saw someone taking measurements there; I think it was in October of last year. After some seven months, Wedco has just decided to erect a barrier around an area to build a new shelter, which should have been completed months ago. I don't know when construction is supposed to commence, but what I do know is that you are going to have thousands of cruise ship passengers — and some locals — who use the ferries having to tolerate a lot of noise and dust during the construction period of the shelter. Wedco did the same thing with the new irrigation system a few years ago. It had all winter, some five months, to install the system, but waited until the cruise ships arrived.

I know this because I was there when they were installing the system.

Whoever is responsible for making these poor decisions should be fired, effective immediately.

DEREK MADEIROS

Busy area: where will people waiting for ferries shelter now the gazebo is gone? (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 03, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated May 03, 2016 at 8:55 am)

Wedco’s closure of last gazebo in Dockyard a typical show of incompetence

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