According to Cay Mills of the Dundas Town Committee, his efforts to restore lighting at Ocean View Park in Dundas Town on March 4 were impeded.
While Mills had a long list of complaints regarding the sea wall that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy to the fencing that was removed and garbage piled up on site, his main concern was the lack of lighting for residents to enjoy full use of the basketball court.
“The biggest thing in Dundas Town that hosts more crowds than even the political events is this here basketball court,” he emphasized.
Mills explained that he had inquired about getting the lights turned on and was allegedly told by a BEC representative that he had no authority to put on any lights in Dundas Town.
“I’m putting it on for the boys to play some basketball because the lights have been off for five years, and BEC was willing to put it on today,” Mills complained. “BEC was told by the Chairman of Dundas Town and Chief Councillor that I could not touch anything in Dundas Town like I came here on a boat… I do have a say in what’s going on in Dundas Town, and I’m on the board in Dundas Town.”
Meanwhile, Faron Newbold, Chairman of the Dundas Town Committee, said he nor Chief Councillor Cornish were ever contacted by Mills regarding lighting at the basketball court, and said that he would be willing to assist him as a link between the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Affairs or the Abaco Basketball Association.
Newbold agreed that Local Government does have responsibilities for the Ocean View Park, but lighting does not fall under those responsibilities therefore he could not stop BEC from providing lights to the area.
Nevertheless, Mills says he plans to run for the position of Chairman in the upcoming Local Government elections on June 23, and he will be backed by a deputy chairman in the person of Wayde Archer.
“We’re going to campaign next month in Dundas Town in full force to let the people know that Dundas Town deserves better, and ought to have better, and we can do better than what they’ve been doing.
“They are not enhancing Dundas Town. People want to see the shorelines; they don’t want to see a big wall. After three years, they have not shown what they are doing to enhance Dundas Town or its people.”