Organising committee of the Anguilla Programme at a meeting
ANGUILLA–Governor Tom Foy reported that the Anguilla Programme (AP) is the UK’s government 60 million pound sterling grant to assist Anguilla rebuild its infrastructure following Irma.
By the end of March the programme will have spent £7.5 million along with a further £1.4 million provided from a different pot of UK money which supported preparations for the 2018 hurricane season.
2019 is going to be a particularly busy year, as the programme team in the Governor’s Office and government departments are aiming to spend £32 million from April 2019 to March 2020. Currently, detailed designs and tenders are being prepared for virtually all the construction projects, and contracts will be awarded shortly for two new IT systems in Lands and Surveys and Inland Revenue.
He said that about 9 million pounds have already been spent focusing on helping to restore electricity, providing a temporary air traffic control tower to help secure certification for the airport, undertaking repairs to the prison and funding of replacement equipment, re-equipping the disaster management department, repairing the Teachers Resource Centre and Campus B Auditorium, and providing specialised vehicles and fogging equipment to help control mosquitos.
The AP’s priorities for the £60 million have been set by the Anguilla Government and is delivered by a partnership of the Governor’s Office and relevant departments. Over 50 per cent of the fund is ear marked for education. This includes rebuilding Campus A at Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School and Morris Vanterpool primary school, both totally destroyed; rebuilding much of Adrian T. Hazell and upgrading facilities at four other primary schools – Valley, Orealia Kelly, Vivian Vanterpool and Alwyn Alison Primary, where work has already been completed.
He noted that a quarter of the fund is directed towards transport infrastructure. This includes rebuilding the terminal at Blowing Point and the cost of bringing the temporary facility on line while the new terminal is built. Funds are also being used to finish the new combined airport control tower and fire station at Clayton J Lloyd International Airport and to replace the ageing fleet of fire appliances which are essential to maintain the airport’s operating licence.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85492-governor-updates-on-anguilla-programme