ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The light might soon be visible at the end of the tunnel for police on the sister isle, who are working in a pest infested building which is in dire need of repair and proper furnishings.
National Security Minister Dr Errol Cort told OBSERVER Media yesterday the authorities are aware of the situation and are weighing their options for what needs to be done.
“I am aware of the challenges at the Barbuda Police Station. I have discussed the condition of the station with the Minister of Public Works, who also has expressed his concern,” the minister said.
He also said Director of Public Works Dr Lucien Hanley should be visiting Barbuda this week and an assessment would be made to determine whether it would be more feasible to repair the existing facility or to find alternative premises.
When contacted for comment on the matter, Dr Hanley said he could not address the issue because he was in a meeting.
Commissioner of Police Vere Browne said he is aware the station is in poor condition given it was built since in the 1940s.
He said Dr Hanley visited the station several months ago and an assessment was done on the building to determine what repairs are needed.
Chief Architect within the Ministry of Public Works and Transformation Wesley James said he recently had discussions with the ministry’s director regarding the completion of the Barbuda Justice Complex.
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