Visitors embark at the dilapidated jetty at Chateaubelair in March 2013. (iWN photo)

A new facility to accommodate roll-on roll-off ships, yachts, and smaller boats used by fishermen and pleasure craft, will be built in Chateaubelair, commencing next month.

The construction is expected to take 12 months and the completion of the project is expected to resolve a years-long complaint in the North Leeward town, where a port of entry is located.

The Economic Planning and Sustainable Development Division of the Ministry of Finance has signed a contract with the K Group Kelectric of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the rehabilitation of the Chateaubelair Jetty.

The EC$5.2 million contract was signed on April 29.

The work is funded by the European Union and is managed through the World Bank funded Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.

The new jetty is expected to provide improved access in times of emergencies to the North Leeward area as well as to improve access to landings by fishers and yachts.

The works shall commence on June 3 with the mobilisation of the contractor’s resources and physical work shall begin with the demolition of the existing failed jetty in the coming weeks.

“The general public and residents of Chateaubelair in particular shall experience some movement of heavy equipment in the area and are asked to exercise caution during the construction of the new jetty.

“The cooperation of the residents of Chateaubelair and surrounding areas will be therefore appreciated during the construction period of 12 months,’ the government said in a press statement.