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    P.O Strike Begins.

    Most delivery bots are wheeled self-propelled boxes that roll along the pavement, not the flying type. Major inhibitor would be potholes .....
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    P.O Strike Begins.

    Give it 15 years and the PO will have 20 workers and 20 'managers'. Half of the 'managers' will be one way or another responsible for the operation of a fleet of delivery robots / drones and automated counters, and the 20 workers will primarily be loading / unloading the bulk to & from the UK and handling the small proportion of irregular items which the robots cannot. The Hermes delivery / gig economy worker is similarly doomed, Hermes and competitors will move to using delivery 'bots as soon as the finances stack up.
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    Richmond hill

    And your point is? Personally I couldn't see any point in the new speed restriction other than possibly to reduce stress on the surface. I was surprised to see bald patches seemingly so soon after it was last surface-dressed, but I didn't regard them as being a threat to my safety or a justification for a reduced speed limit - all road surfaces erode and need re-making / re-dressing from time to time and that is what will likely be needed again on Richmond Hill. Are we going to have a temporary speed limit on there for a few weeks until the re-work can be arranged?
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    Richmond hill

    Driving up it today I noticed that there were several bald patches where the resurfacing had seemingly come away, not just loose chippings.
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    MyProm?

    There are four stakeholder groups: Gov't types who want to claim political credit for making the prom / "Gateway to the Island" look pretty Construction workers who want to make a packet from the redevelopment The taxpayers who are paying for it Users of the prom who will be inconvenienced for quite a while Hope that clarifies.
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    MyProm?

    Fixed that for you
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    MyProm?

    Seems to have been contracted out to a local web company, which is at least something, but what a waste of taxpayers' money. They need to spend every penny accelerating the development schedule, not wasting dosh trying to flog the concept to us. A substantial proportion of IoM taxpayers probably use Douglas prom once a year or less.
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    Would the directors of the Steam Packet choose to lease that site / new development given a free choice? Maybe not. Based on the passenger facilities at other SPCo embarkation points I suspect they'd probably go for a more basic / cheaper / lower overhead option instead of the planned development.
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    Lonan Gentlemen

    I refer you to my cynical answer ...
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    Lonan Gentlemen

    And putting my cynicism away for the sake of balance, (David) Paul Hodgson, one time Chief Engineer of the Lonan Gentlemen, former British Sprint Champion and holder of several world speed records, also happened to be an engineer for Manx Gas whose passion has generated great publicity for both IoM and his employer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-37173352 So perhaps not surprising that Manx Gas were happy to sponsor such a very talented employee. Whole debacle is very sad and stupid really.
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    Lonan Gentlemen

    Manx Gas is regulated to a profit cap of 9.99%. Giving money away to local causes is good business sense if it helps to simultaneously boost their local reputation and dispose of excess profits to stay under the cap Not that I'm cynical ...
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    Suicide Squad

    I was involved in the Sams (across) at the time the national number went live. As I recall it was, as much as anything, about load distribution because if, for example, the two volunteers on duty in a branch were at a point in time both engaged then a third caller would not get a response from the local branch. The advent of the national number meant there was a higher likelihood that someone would be able to pick up the call even if not from the local branch. This didn't suit everyone because some callers were "regular" and frequently chose / wanted to speak to the same Sams each time they rang in order to avoid having to explain their problems afresh, but it probably did help to ensure that more calls got answered promptly. And yes, the Sams are wonderful.
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    Suicide Squad

    It was of course the year in which IoMG started cutting back on services due to the first tranche (£114M) of VAT share reduction. No idea whether those service restrictions / extra eligibility tests etc. had any impacts on some of the more vulnerable which contributed to the increased number of suicides in 2009 and the following years - but it's a plausible coincidence.
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    More meddling with private enterprise

    My understanding was that the tenant only went public when disgruntled customers started asking on social media why the Cosy Nook was shut. It seems that if the commissioners had maintained the building promptly none of this would have been public - but I presume that they didn't want to make that investment because they were hoping to do major works / rebuild in a couple of years once the tenant was out. The social media outcry, such as it has been, has largely come from customers not the tenant. The amenity has been provided, in its current form, for many years. Whether it needs improving beyond maintaining it in an adequate state of repair is moot. An improved amenity may disenfranchise some existing customers and attract other, new, customers. "Improvement" is like "Growth" - not always possible or desirable. As for the campsite - I hope it works out for the commissioners else the PE ratepayers will be picking up the bill. Private enterprise has clearly not felt there was sufficient opportunity to justify the investment and a campsite is not a significant amenity for PE residents, public investment in this can only be justified by the prospect of increased custom for PE's traders. I'm with the OP on this one, it seems inappropriate for the commissioners to be doing it with ratepayers money - what next? PE Commissioners seem to be in an expansionist phase, to the extent that they've even made an extraordinary land grab for a bit of Rushen. My 2d.
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    More meddling with private enterprise

    The Costa type operation is just daft speculation, but the commissioner's clerk has made it pretty clear in an FOI response and to the media that the commissioners desire a more upmarket offering in an extended or replacement structure which will be suitable for operating extended hours all year round - so probably quite different to the past (basic, popular and successful) outdoor daytime beach cafe offering. As for the roof, basically it seems that the tenant reported the roof issue to the commissioners (as landlord) a couple of years or more back and they declined to fix it, about which the tenant was justifiably miffed. The roof apparently requires major work, but it probably could have been done out of season; instead the tenant has had to put up with a prolonged closure at a peak time and substandard premises for a long time because the landlord was not prepared to repair it. The lease will probably not be re-tendered until the building has been refurbished or replaced. The commissioners are seeking proposals for that from architects prior to applying for planning for the changes / new building. Design, planning, construction implies that the facility will be closed for some time, maybe a couple of seasons, and when it re-opens it will be a quite different offering. Dunno what happens if planning is refused. If I recall correctly the lease expires in May 2019. My opinion FWIW, as a regular customer, is that the commissioners seem to have been rather dismissive of, and have poorly supported, a tenant who has contributed greatly to making Port Erin a summer destination for many island residents and visitors. They will be lucky if the new offering (whatever it is) generates such "pull" as the Cosy Nook has had under this tenant.
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