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  1. Much like other developers who build and profit from mass builds and then expect the public purse to pay for the obvious and badly needed amenities to go with them. You can tell that no-one involved in the scheme lives anywhere near the site or they'd not have moved the residential pocket right next to Mezeron unless they think the sound of a concrete pump at 7am and the roar of HGV's is part of the maritime ambience. The pretty trees will last maybe a year in wind driven salt spray. I see little in the way of parking for the hundreds if not thousands of visitors or even the 300-400 employees. Much like other developers this is a 'lets see what we can get away with' scheme which will bear no resemblance to the final result. Over promise and under deliver. Driving past Ballasalla legoland the other day and was amused to see garage doors and wondered how many would ever have a vehicle through them? Think of the logic there. We have a very limited space on which to build a habitable space but we'll take some of it, turn it into a windowless room that you might be able to fit a smart car in. Oh and we have to put the EV point outside as your runabout will be kept otuside cuz you can't be arsed with the faff of using the garage. And hence you'll see cars and vans parked on pavements everywhere in these new developments because it ticked a box for planners on 'availble spaces' for parking.
    6 points
  2. This last statement seems to be repeated by politicians quite often. If you read through the PAC minutes you will find that we had numerous text books, or pandemic preparedness plans, and they were not adhered to. This was one of the biggest failures of the govt handling of the whole thing.
    6 points
  3. It all comes down risks and probability but when it comes to humans there are so many divergent reactions and interactions that any logic in the modelling gets swamped out by the flux of human nature. The choice somehwere between self-preservation and the greater good. Sometimes they align and sometimes they don't. At the beginnng, when data was slim, risks were high and people mostly understood and even sympathised with the decison makers. Later on, proabably around the 2nd or 3rd lockdown, a year into it and after 6 months (mostly) normality on the island, it felt like those in charge were caught with their pants down. We had the vaccines coming into Christmas but nowhere to administer them. Another mistake was using the same 111 line to book vaccinations and book a test. It apperared to be woefully underresourced. How many times did they have problems with it? As was said at the beginning vacciantion was the way out and yet it felt like we were caught napping. Personally, I think the lack of preperation and urgency in getting the vaccine rolled out was one of the big mistakes. At less than 0.075% of our population dying from/with Covid, we were very, very lucky. This is why we need a Covid enquiry (at whatever level) so the lessons learned are not lost to future generations. Every country had a unique solution and although here border restrictions were tragic for some, for the majorty they were far better protection than masks, social distancing and hand washing. The steam packet incident, if nothing else, highlighted a chink in the defence and lead to a rapid surge which highlighted how fast it could spread leading to our (hopefully) last lockdown.
    6 points
  4. Yep I totally agree they have to be given time but not indefinitely and I’d like to see Ramsey cottage upgraded, maybe take back some services I for one don’t mind paying a bit more tax to cover it but alas our government would spaff it on grandiose over budget schemes and endless buzz worded civil servants talking bollocks it’s not rocket science frontline workers are what’s needed cut the endless reams of middle management.
    5 points
  5. I spent some time in the UK construction industry with a close affiliation to Utilities, in my experience of 25 years and more, what has been depicted in some of the pictures uploaded to this forum the workmanship shown would not pass current UK inspection standards. Now it may well be that the island has different standards but one would hope that they would be mirroring those in the UK as Best Practice. That has obviously not happened here, firstly electrical services are normally required to be buried the deepest and underneath all other services as this gives separation and a measure of warning and protection against plant and hand tool strike when excavating at any future date. Not laid over and on top of the other services certainly at the depth shown, this defies common sense, if not the normal standards. It would also seem that there would be a struggle to attain the minimum required cover required for any buried services from the pictures shown. The depth that the job was supposed to be excavated to in order to facilitate reconstruction should have given no excuse for this. In an ideal world, not always attainable, all services should be covered with their relevant marker tape to give warning to future excavators. Records are not always 100% accurate and in time, particularly in close proximity to a tidal environment there can be an element of change. This is a Government project and Best Practice should be 'de riguer', not an option. That there are some contributors who would seek to justify what has been shown here by stating that there are no "regulations" for utility services installation work suggests some connection with the work which needs to be defended or simply trolling, or perhaps an element of both. It would be interesting if those contributors could state any connection to and experience and qualifications within the Utilities or construction industry?
    5 points
  6. Their own website says the developer needs the properties built to finance the marina and the wonderful fake beach and public park etc. My prediction is they'd reclaim enough to build on, having shut the beach down for several years, make a token attempt at the public area and beach. Then having made the profit for the investors and watched the cost and timeframe increase far beyond original estmates would cite some BS excuse, lack of finance and walk away. Or hold out the cap to tax/rate payers or insist only by cutting down the amenities and building more apartments will it be finished. Mount Murray springs to mind. Ramsey would then be left to pick up the peices and the jobs and dreams would evaporate. And even if it went miraclously to plan, who is going to pay for the maintenance of the public areas. Looking after an outdoor pool for instance. I do not resent anyone investing and profit is the reward for risk but here the developer is taking a unique area and pushing the risk onto Ramsey. Because at any stage the developer can walk away and leave an unfinished project. Considering the lack of progress on brownfield sites like Lord Street Bus Station (centre of the biggest town on the island with a marina and pedestrian friendly quayside) or Summerland site (at a heritage transport hub and the end of a recently refurbished promenade). What devloper in their right mind would take on a hlaf-finished marina project with public expectations that they'd honour the original plans for public amenities?
    5 points
  7. In Ballasalla they are getting a bypass to enable the builders to build on green fields, a not necessary project but favoured by an intellectually challenged MHK. In Ramsey they are getting a Marina to enable the building of flats and housing near a waterfront ! That's where the money is !
    5 points
  8. But I thought we were having to dig down 3 metres anyway because of all the bus swallowing voids?
    4 points
  9. if i was building another house on my property and installed the services as they are done on the prom i'd be having to redo them to get them passed, government job = fuck the standards that they make everyone else work to.
    4 points
  10. Also get away from the mentality that competetive team sports are the only worthwhile and healthy form of physical exercise. It too generates it's own set of long term health issues from injuries and wear and tear. Contact sports especailly. What is needed is a mix of sustainable activities that changes as you age to reflect the different needs for strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. Range of motion, posture and core strength all protect us from the effects of ageing and have many secondary benefits such as improved circulation, cardiovascular fitness and stress reduction. So instead of vanity projects like £1m skybridges, how about we start by maintining the facilties we have like the glens, footpaths, bridle ways and green lanes. Create simple, small picnic or rest areas and have wardens to keep an eye on the condition of the paths. A stitch in time and all that. Or is that too simple?
    4 points
  11. At least 70% of the patients look healthier than the staff. I'm reasonably sure thats why they make each side wear different uniforms
    3 points
  12. To be honest I haven't seen anything sinister or offensive on here with respect to the subject of Dr G. Sure there have been differences of opinion but i thought that was the idea. I agree with what others have said, most posters seem to to give names individuals a good deal of respect. For some people though the island is too small a place to not be anonymous.
    3 points
  13. Self defence would be a very handy thing to be taught in schools.
    3 points
  14. This. This was a 'health' crisis but it affected every facet of government and our lives. We immediately jumped in with both feet with some of the most draconian measures seen in the world at the time and effectively said sod everything else. Now we are still picking up the pieces of the 'everything else' 18 months later. Never again must we relinquish our freedoms and rights and ruin lives and livelihoods in a scorched earth policy. Whatever plan comes after it needs to consider every aspect of society and not just give an amended Emergency Act powers to ride roughshod over the whole of society again.
    3 points
  15. As well as Wrighty and JW there are other normal and sane posters on here that use a pseudonym. IOMNP Facebook page even with real names used there are posters slagging people off, using language that isn’t nice, or called for and certainly doesn’t do anything for the debate. Lots of jealousy and avarice abound, sometimes it is like that on here, especially calling people who may be wealthy, HNWI etc. Wealthy local and Manx natives sadly aren’t immune from some of the inane comments driven in part by jealousy. Granted, some wealthy people and HNWI don’t make life easy, and almost invite criticism. Rachel Glover, meanwhile whilst I respect her views and opinions, and of which I can hand on heart, say I haven’t criticised her or slagged her off. However, it’s not about her, no matter how qualified, how much an expert she is. Sometimes experts end up taking over. There views being seen as the way forward and Government should 100% abide to what they say. If we let some of the experts dictate the covid rules then the island would be stop start lockdowns, wouldn’t have any tourism for at least another year.
    3 points
  16. Agree totally with your comments. One poster seems to be trying to defend or justify this work. I've done lots of groundworks and there is no excuse or reason whatsoever to defend this. All the clerk of works I have been involved with would never allow this never mind sign it off. Whats more the guys I worked with would never have back filled it to start with. This has all the hallmarks of shortfall on funding and time restraints. Which is no excuse when services are involved .
    3 points
  17. I think most people are of the opinion it will never happen, pie in the sky scenario. If this scheme does take off there should be great care taken to ensure there are sufficient funds to complete, the last thing needed is a half finished abandonment that will have to be sorted out by the Government and I can really see this as a possibility. The costing of this scheme will no doubt be out of date now as the price of materials have soared in the last twelve months and labour costs will have escalated due to shortages.
    3 points
  18. So a few problems it would seem up at nobles early in the week, manx radio were trying to get hold of Manx cares head Teresa Cope for some comment and clarity, nothing then she releases a YouTube statement, is she actually on the island at the coal face? Also listened to the two ladies who phoned the mannin line regarding there recent stays in hospital stating staff were basically running on empty which was very worrying. Anyone who chooses to work in that stressful environment as doctors,nurses frontline staff etc has my utmost respect.
    3 points
  19. No, no, you don't get PK's MO. He is a small intellect hoping to grow into a big one. The simple answer to his question is that genomics is well out of the window now. It would have been useful early on to track the passage of the virus. It was abandoned. Now, all we seem to be doing is giving people the heads up that they may be infected. Not sure that has any value, TBH, let alone using genomics. I supported using genomics last year as I thought it was very useful to track how the virus spread at a time when infections were quite low and we were on an eradication path. It is everywhere now so who really cares where it came from? Even where it goes is less important as the likelihood seems that most of us will be exposed to it at some point. It is now like trying to keep a track of dandelion clocks. They are everywhere, some germinate and produce more seeds, some never produce flowers, some never germinate at all. Time to stop obsessing, IMO, and broaden concern and care for all the other things that cause premature death.
    3 points
  20. As a chartered civil engineer that wouldn’t have been allowed on one of my sites. Under the NEC I would anticipate that the Main Contractor (I.e the one responsible for the Works to adhere as far as possible with the Specification (which would include the Design Standards) and to notify the Engineers Representative and Planning Supervisor where it were not. I am not sure if you are trolling and as I stated I am a little rusty; however for example I forget the water regulations however there are a number of them related to installing pipe work/ fixings/ thrust loads etc and with that, I’m out caused. Hide message HSE Guidance Publications Full catalogue Legal reference (L) Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR) as amended. Approved Code of Practice and guidance Legal reference (L) Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR) as amended. Approved Code of Practice and guidance
    2 points
  21. Hard to think an abattoir wouldn't be making a killing.
    2 points
  22. Give it up sid. She's remarried, she's never coming back to you move on
    2 points
  23. So then they can say it was finished and everyone gets paid. The fact they have to dig it up the very next day is just pure coincidence. Not even sure why it would be minuted as it is nothing to do with the project really and obviously planned to happen after the works are complete. That'll appease the new boss and they can pat themselves on the back. Then skulk off to the next big thing. These are the type of shenanigans that go on. What is more surprising to me is that it was minuted at all.
    2 points
  24. I was waiting for a small parcel. About a week ago Hermes e mail said, 'handed to recipient in person'. No picture though and I certainly was not handed a parcel. I started a dispute procedure with Amazon and Hermes. Yesterday the item was delivered in a slightly damp package by our local carriers in a big van followed by an apology e mail from Hermes saying they were having problems in our locality and that I would receive my parcel shortly. The delivery driver said they had a big backlog of parcels to deliver. All's well that ends well so I hope this is a new beginning and the good employees benefit.
    2 points
  25. The problem is, they had a clean sheet to play with, all the services could have been renewed and laid accordingly, and the cannot use the excuse that the services had to be kept alive as they could have been by-passed as they have done on Pulrose bridge, due to lack of proper planning and managing the whole job has been big one almighty fuck up from start to finish and heads should roll, they have started the ball rolling with NB now it should be JR closely followed by IL.
    2 points
  26. Barlow, have to agree came across the late show with Rhian Evans and she smokes it, she’s good a bit different to the usual giddy stuff during daytime, though I do like old George F. Also why does Dave Moore read the news like he’s commenting on the last lap of a close bike race?
    2 points
  27. Same with all areas of Government. If a private taxi/coach operator had the same incidents as Bus Vannin then their whole operation would be suspended. Government? Nah, just waive it and carry on.
    2 points
  28. The problem with that is the plans were based on a different disease (influenza) which is considerably less infectious and killed a lower proportion of cases. There could be no plan for this. The problem was sticking to the wrong plan for too long and not adapting it rapidly based on what was clearly happening in Italy. You can almost hear our DPH saying "but there's no evidence." They closed the border once she went on holiday and just played it by ear. If they had rapidly amended the plan it would have provided a more measured response more rapidly.
    2 points
  29. Ill agree it's not the prettiest job ever seen and there are parts that are not ideal. However some of your comments about regulations are not realistic and certainly not facts. I imagine that achieving ideal separation without having a really deep excavation is not practicable. This looks typical to me. The tape is a waste of time in my view. If you were excavating here you would have the advantage of accurate GPS location and construction photos but you would know that there were utilities. A bit of tape would only confirm what you already know.
    2 points
  30. A very large amount of parcels recovered according to 3fm. Police asking customers not to contact them if they have missing parcels they are busy.😏contact the seller instead. The hospital is also busy so don’t go there. If you are sick and missing a parcel it is really not your day. 🤫
    2 points
  31. If they get approval they should be paying rent for the beach until they have the rates in place from the development. Put it towards the costs of disruption of a 5 year building site on surrounding area and any costs incurred in ensuring they follow through on the grandiose promises for public amenities. Use the first payments of said rent to get an independent assesment of the environmental impact and monitor it throughout the works. Not just the marine environment either but noise pollution and dust/debris etc. If all goes well then there will be a sinking fund left at the end (pun intended) to properly maintain the public amenities and any unforeseen long term issues. Drastically altering the tidal and current flows around the remaining beach and queens pier might have detrimental long term effects. Or the seawater pool could be a pain to maintain. My favourite line on RM website was; A full EIA study will confirm these net benefits in the coming months A literal example of confirmation bias and why there needs to be an independent study commsioned by governmwent and paid for by the developer before any permission is given and at every stage of the project when there is the inevitable changes, they should be also verified independently. Where is the Green Party, still in Glasgow?
    2 points
  32. It was clearly underestimated. At the start of the pandemic I can still recall Matt Hancock emerging from one of the five Cobra meetings that Bozo didn't bother attending and announcing to all and sundry that there was no danger to the general public. Go figure...
    2 points
  33. @The Voice of Reason Clearly the words of someone who has never experienced racist abuse themselves.
    2 points
  34. Saved for future generations. So they can learn from our mistakes. Like reducing border controls before treatments like Paxlovid and Molnupiravir were developed which would have saved lives.
    2 points
  35. Thanks for the confirmation. But you might at least have tried to understand genomics... I'm not a doomster. But I do understand the obvious. Science has done an amazing job at trying to reduce the UK fatality rate. Still unfortunately the highest in Europe. I was on the first ferry where it was two jabs and no testing or isolation. Every crossing before that there were folks who had the virus. It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that it was probably the same for that crossing. I'm sure that if everyone on that boat had to have a test within 24 hours of arrival those carrying the virus would have been singled out without any real inconvenience to the rest of us. This was not done. Which I'm sure was music to the ears of the "let it rip" brigade. The thing is science has now given us Paxlovid and Molnupiravir which may well have saved lives after the borders were opened. I guess we'll never know....
    2 points
  36. stage 1 is now complete ........................
    2 points
  37. So why shouldn’t I believe it? Go on. You have been asked multiple times by more than just me now so give us a clue.
    1 point
  38. pretty much, but the test centre will be heading the new MOT regime so it will never be short of paying throughput.
    1 point
  39. As I said a few posts above this doesnt comply with any acceptable building practices and no Building control officer , clerk of the works , Foreman or other person in authority who I have known on sites would have allowed this and no way would they let it be backfilled until its put right. This area we are taliking about , a mixture of new and old supplies lay open for a considerable time with nothing getting done. While in itself your probably right as such that its not illegal , but it doesnt meet building control policy on so many grounds and I'm sure if anything happened and a explosion caused the supply authorities , contractors and the likes would be culpable and find themselves in court both civil and high court. A further issue is my experience the supply authorities would tell you where they wanted the trenches , depth before they put in the cables/pipes etc and if not done to there and building control standards they wouldn't put in there supply.
    1 point
  40. Like I said time will tell. And didn't they have deep excavations down there for the Insituform refurbishment of the drains? Don't we have the technology to dig that far and do a proper job? Speaks to the fact this was an ill-planned and ill-run project from start to finish. Can waste literally tens of thousands of pounds on shit pink concrete, and laying and relaying granite bricks but can't spend what would be five minutes and a few hundred quid to mark services. What harm would putting the tape down do? Delay the project by motnhs and cost millions more? An old adage ~ better looking at it than for it. What makes you think the plans will be accurate? A side note, why is the concrete failing? Didn't they do samples for cube tests on the batches as they arrived? Were they up to spec or was the spec inadequate? Who is paying for that mistake? Or is that just 'not ideal'? When it comes to large gas mains and other services in the heart of Douglas "not ideal" is an understatment. I didn't quote any regulations I just referered to the DoI and utilties own requirements and recommendations. But like the erased crossing in St Johns and other such non-standard and sub-standard work it us the tax payer that pays for it when they end up re-doing it and there never seem to be any consequences for those involved.
    1 point
  41. Relay the cables for a start to seaside of the yellow gas pipe . That actually doesnt take as long as people think . In doing that you could get rid of the yellow branch kicking back at right angles coming of the main pipe and that then could be done away with and a simple straight connector run into the mains gas where the removed connection pot would have been ( clearly seen on picture with the many Electric running over it. You then would have been able to access under the main gas pipe to drop under the water (blue) supply and it would have plenty of space and nothing near to make it off more satistactory. Theres more I could say but you should get the point .
    1 point
  42. A bit of a bah humbug, but I'm sick of Christmas adverts already. I'm not sure I'm gonna be able to hack much more, and this is just the start, another 7 weeks of it yet. On a positive note, the lass doing @Stu Peters late evening slot is making it a not bad show to tune into.
    1 point
  43. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/isle-of-man/ September 10th apparently, possibly these figures are from what is reported officially to WHO and not what IOMG diegns to pass onto GMP. Or could have been adjustment when cases reviewed. I've noticed the reporting of deaths is now out synch with the number of cases reported. Looking at the deaths graph it seems they might be chunking the reporting of deaths to a few more every few days to avoid the impression of daily deaths. Might correlate to the 2474 active cases peak on 26th Juty this year.
    1 point
  44. They need the area to be zoned for development first, which is in progress.
    1 point
  45. The psychology is pretty easy to understand. Some people who post under their real names, like Wrighty and John Wright, are well balanced posters who offer decent contributions. Others come across as mad as a box of frogs and a little unhinged, so they get treated as such. It doesn’t take a psychologist to conclude what the issue is here.
    1 point
  46. Sadly very few people realise this.
    1 point
  47. https://www.manxutilities.im/media/2181/m120-typical-trench-section.pdf Not as if there isn't a drawing or something available.
    1 point
  48. Tied into the news report about the LTF tests found at the tip?
    1 point
  49. It might, in a free market, if oversupply was not a factor in price and you had protectionist policies to stop low cost imports. What we have is a price paid to the supplier based on an average price across a number of marts/processors in England ( less very high processing costs per unit, even after a £2 million annual subsidy ) and a depressed price in England due to overproduction, lack of import controls, and the threat of Aus & NZ trade deals. Yet the price on the shelf to the consumer remains high. Go figure.
    1 point
  50. https://www.celticsustainables.co.uk/thermafleece-cosywool-sheeps-wool-insulation/ Presumably a UK firm would be compliant with all sorts of environmental considerations? I heard mention in the news of an 'agent' who buys the wool on the island, so presumably the farmers could bypass this agent if they wanted to get a better price? Or be content to keep getting fleeced.
    1 point
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