The delivery of the 2013-14 Capital Programme has now reached the halfway point and brings to an end the existing DfID business case, with documentation for the remaining six months currently being drafted.
The Capital Programme, made up of 31 individual projects, is managed by the SHG Programme Management Unit (PMU), and has been in place since March 2013. Delivery of the programme is reviewed regularly by elected members and SHG staff and is currently on target with significant progress being made on a number of key projects.
Work has been carried out on all Island schools and contracts have been awarded to local contractors to carry out stabilisation work at Quincy Vale, refurbishment of the Police Victim Suite and the rewiring of the Government Landlord Housing (GLH) flats in Jamestown, alongside additional works to GLH properties as they become vacant.
Cape Villa, the Prison, Half Tree Hollow Housing and the Challenging Behaviour Unit are in the final stages of detailed design work to form the tender documents to be advertised for bids from contractors in the coming months.
Connect Saint Helena have taken delivery of the additional six wind turbines to extend the Island’s use of renewable energy and are continuing with the planned upgrades to water treatment works across St Helena. The report to inform investment and upgrading work on sewerage across the Island is underway and is expected at the end of the year.
Work to improve the Horse Point Landfill facility is expected to commence next month along with work to upgrade the paving on Main Street in Jamestown and major road improvement works. The new ASCUYDA system for Customs will be operational very soon and initial design work for a slipway at the wharf in Jamestown is underway.
DfID On-Island Representative, Eddie Palmer said:
“It’s good to see real progress on improving the Island’s infrastructure, with the problems of the past being overtaken by a much stronger approach to planning, programming and implementation of individual projects. SHG and in particular the PMU are to be congratulated. Long may it continue!”
Eddie was also pleased to announce that DfID had secured an additional £900,000 funding for infrastructure on St Helena for this financial year. This means the total DfID funding for infrastructure this year will be £5.9million.
16 October 2013