By Jaedee Caines

The Observer

Nevis Island Assembly met last Wednesday at about 10 a.m. and passed the Nevis Physical Planning and Development Ordinance 2005.

The bills had received their second and third readings.

Minister Michael Perkins spoke at length about the topic. Perkins said the time has come to update the existing legislation that has been in existence since 1966.

“This is one of the most important pieces of legislation,” Perkins said. The highlight of his presentation however was the explanation of the ordinance section that deals with the administrative procedure.

Premier Vance Amory spoke at great length of matters pertaining to the Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC).

“NEVLEC is feeling the effect of the high price in gas,” said Amory, “NEVLEC has been faced with 6.2 million dollars of additional fuel charges already for the year.”

He said his administration has approved a request by the company entitled a Fuel Ser Charge. He advised that the base price would not be changed but this fuel ser charge will adjust itself upward or downward as the case may be. Amory said that although this is of grave concern, this fuel ser charge will not be implemented for residential customers until the end of January next year.