PHILIPSBURG: Justice Minister Anna Richardson recently met Cay Bay and Simpson Bay Community Councils to address safety and security issues and to assess the relationship between the communities and their Community Police Officers (CPOs). Similar meetings are planned with other councils. Many complaints have been made by the councils about issues that their communities face that are either not addressed or not being reported to the right authorities.
A list of additional issues was submitted to the minister and CPOs to be further investigated. The council representatives said that many illegal vessels enter the shores with undocumented persons who disembark and go into their communities to either find shelter or to escape through the districts. A plan of action is being developed by the Justice Ministry to combat this problem. The councils also expressed their frustration about noise pollution, a largely reported nuisance in their communities. Several ministries are working on joint controls.
The council’s representatives were informed by the minister of the existence and duty of the Committee for District Councils (CDC) in Parliament which was recognized and established as a means for Community Councils to have their grievances communicated in Parliament.