FLASHBACK - Area representative Farley Augustus looks at the state of the Parlatuvier Jetty, in October 2018. (Image: VINDRA GOPAUL)

Residents of Parlatuvier are being given assurances that the Parlatuvier Jetty will receive the necessary attention it desperately needs as soon as critical funds become available to make that happen.

Confirmation has come from the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).

“DIQE is aware of the problems surrounding and assures residents and the wider public that plans have been in train to obtain the financing to treat with the issues affecting the fishermen of Parlatuvier and users of the jetty,” a release from the Division says.

DIQE says it has been monitoring the situation with jetty since receiving reports from fishermen and Parlatuvier residents, and even has conducted a series of stakeholder meetings, “to assess the needs of a wide demographic of stakeholders, in order to ascertain a way forward”.

“Further to the THA Executive Council’s approval for the repair of the jetty, the DIQE engaged the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) for procurement and project management services, for the proposed demolition and reconstruction of the Parlatuvier Jetty,” the Division explains.

DIQE adds: “Whilst initial studies commenced to ensure proper assessment and evaluation of the jetty before commencing actual repairs, the project has been on hold as the THA sought the necessary funding.”

NIDCO has since provided a technical proposal for the execution of the project and the THA will be proceeding to repair the Parlatuvier Jetty on a phased basis.

“I, too, am sincerely disappointed that we have not been able to complete the necessary works on the Parlatuvier Jetty, as promised to the fisher folk and community of Parlatuvier. However, I encourage all stakeholders to not lose faith as the DIQE is committed to this project and I give the assurance that we shall tackle it phase by phase,” said Kwesi DesVignes, DIQE Secretary.

As custodian of marine structures, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) through DIQE and the Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries (DFPFF) hold ultimate responsibility for the maintenance, development and safety of landing sites throughout the island.