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  1. I watched them put that cable in whilst keeping an eye on my lobster pots, it runs right through the proposed site for the deep water berth Dredging without moving the cable is an impossibility, moving the cable would add a massive cost to the project http://subseaworldnews.com/2013/12/11/mattressing-protection-displaced-on-isle-of-man-uk-interconnector-power-cable/
  2. As an inspired guess, I would say the bloke who bought the Hooded Ram brewery and much else besides has bought it to do a big Wetherspoons type food/pub operation with Airbnb listed self-contained letting suites upstairs
  3. There's a boat in the morning if you don't like it here, well sometimes there's a boat, if they haven't crashed it
  4. As has been pointed out here, I have posted my experience of registering and letting on Airbnb on another thread To add: I have declared my income stream from this to Treasury who required me to register a separate self employment in addition to my existing plumbing trade For those of you interested in letting, a report was commissioned last year by DED into the "non serviced accommodation sector" i.e. holiday accommodation that id not hotel or b&b There was a well attended presentation of this at the museum in July where it was pointed out the various types of accommodation available here and what types we were lacking. I don't know if the DED have managed to make this survey available or if they have I wouldn't know how to navigate the hopeless government website to give you the link, I would have thought that such information would be the starting point for anyone seeking to invest in tourist lets If anyone can find the link then please post it here, if they can't then it shows a lack of enterprise by DED
  5. The people staying in my place weren't here for entertainment facilities. They could go to a thousand places with great entertainment, London, Liverpool, Brighton etc. The groups that stayed came for some kind of outdoor activity, cycling, motorcycling, rallying, diving. The families came to explore the countryside and our charming little towns which they did either on the heritage railways or on the bus network. Some hired a car, almost none brought a car and it's not hard to see why Promoting tourism here does not require vast sums of money spent on facilities which already exist somewhere else. What is needed is a plan like the Lake District worked from where all the relevant agencies work with each other to make visiting the Island as easy and pleasant as possible For instance footpaths and cycle tracks need to be kept in good condition for walkers and mountain bikers. There are at least three different departments responsible for this and each has its own agenda. Road cyclists ans motorcyclists love decent tarmac and no potholes, yet some clown would rather open the Marine Drive than fix our roads Mallorca hosts 25,000 cyclists a week in the spring & autumn and has dedicated cycleways alongside many of the roads. This network is expanded each year, it was not a massive investment but it brings in millions of Euros a year Relaxing the planning conditions for glamping, yurts, tree houses, log cabins etc would encourage investment. Those investors would do their own advertising like I do, all the government has to do is make things easier, not spend a shedload of cash This government is still addicted to spending, it is incapable of comprehending growth without some big fund attached. Look at the ridiculous scheme for the cruise pontoon which is quite simply a scheme put together to relieve the government of the £50 million it said was available Better government is what will attract business, in all areas not just tourism
  6. The people staying in my place weren't here for entertainment facilities. They could go to a thousand places with great entertainment, London, Liverpool, Brighton etc. The groups that stayed came for some kind of outdoor activity, cycling, motorcycling, rallying, diving. The families came to explore the countryside and our charming little towns which they did either on the heritage railways or on the bus network. Some hired a car, almost none brought a car and it's not hard to see why Promoting tourism here does not require vast sums of money spent on facilities which already exist somewhere else. What is needed is a plan like the Lake District worked from where all the relevant agencies work with each other to make visiting the Island as easy and pleasant as possible For instance footpaths and cycle tracks need to be kept in good condition for walkers and mountain bikers. There are at least three different departments responsible for this and each has its own agenda. Road cyclists ans motorcyclists love decent tarmac and no potholes, yet some clown would rather open the Marine Drive than fix our roads Mallorca hosts 25,000 cyclists a week in the spring & autumn and has dedicated cycleways alongside many of the roads. This network is expanded each year, it was not a massive investment but it brings in millions of Euros a year Relaxing the planning conditions for glamping, yurts, tree houses, log cabins etc would encourage investment. Those investors would do their own advertising like I do, all the government has to do is make things easier, not spend a shedload of cash This government is still addicted to spending, it is incapable of comprehending growth without some big fund attached. Look at the ridiculous scheme for the cruise pontoon which is quite simply a scheme put together to relieve the government of the £50 million it said was available Better government is what will attract business, in all areas not just tourism
  7. I have a license for tourist accommodation under the 1975 Tourism Act It was a total pain in the arse to get, DED have a thick book of rules about what you are supposed to have. Sufficient eggcups was one listing and the suggestion that you put a 500ml bottle of water in the toilet cistern to save water when flushing. As a plumber I can tell you that is a fucking stupid idea DED took forever to respond to my emails and there didn't seem to be any liaison between them, the fire officer and building control, both of whom have were equally slack. In the end it took me seven months to do what could have been done in two weeks. Anyone coming here to invest in tourism and having to put up with that would probably just give up Airbnb scares the shit out of DED tourism because it makes them redundant. Rather than get an annual inspection your property is reviewed every time a guest stays there, the customer reviews are crucial to your marketing so keeping the place immaculate and looking after the guests has to be consistent. In addition Airbnb has a massive internet presence and like Amazon etc. is for buying goods, Airbnb is becoming the first point of call for many people seeking accommodation. Despite the problems I had getting registered, I would not support unlicensed accommodation, there could be a beautifully presented property that was a death trap. But if the Island is serious about tourism there needs to be better coordination between departments
  8. Every tourism related thread on here it gets drowned in misery and negative comments about the Island, usually making some point about what we haven't got. Makes me wonder why you lot live here My experience of letting out my place on Airbnb paints a different picture Most of my guests stay around 3 nights, they were evenly split between families and groups such as cyclists, motorcyclists, divers, rallyists etc Pretty much all of them enjoyed the Island, I have yet to hear a negative comment Most came by boat and saw the journey as part of the holiday Despite the shortcomings and expense of the Steam Racket, the crossing is more interesting than a four hour slog up the M6 or down the M5 There was a survey done last year of non-hotel accommodation and its criticisms were that there were too many farm cottage type places and not enough glamping, yurts, forest cabins and the like. The cost of getting here and the weather were also seen as counter incentives to tourism I would dismiss the weather as an issue as The Lakes get 85% occupancy and have worse weather than us I would also say that the reason The Lakes do so much better is that they had The Lake District Strategic Plan to work from. Where all the various agencies, roads, forestry, planning etc. were brought together with the objective of enabling tourism. Whereas we have all these agencies going in whatever direction there chief officer thinks fit http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/170299/core_strategy_oct_2010.pdf
  9. It's a nice piece of PR and probably didn't cost much If it brings more business here then good on the DED for having the savvy to place it Stop being such a bunch of fucking negative twats
  10. Quid pro quo Next year's cycling festival will see the mountain road closed to motor vehicles
  11. I went through the file in the planning office, I don't have copies or numbers for it. Planning has been granted though
  12. I went through the planning application, public submissions etc. today A condition of planning is that the right of way across the sea frontage be maintained Looking at the location of the gates, just ahead of the steps to the beach and the fact that only that end house is gated, the only possible reason for that is to block off the right of way If you were going to gate the development the gate would be at the other end, but that would allow people to walk across the beach and up the steps We all know what will happen once the gates are up, the pedestrian gate will remain locked and there will be some excuse about not being able to locate the key I propose a concerted effort to do away with the gates all together
  13. I seem to remember Heysham as being a non-union port
  14. Wow ! it must be really nice
  15. Travelled to Heysham today on the Ben and the foot passengers had to disembark by bus A tedious business of hanging around in the lounge until the car decks were empty then having to all get aboard a coach to be driven the 200 mt to the terminal. Adds about an extra half an hour to the crossing What is really annoying is that it's been like this for weeks. If our local engineers can dismantle something as complicated as the ships main engine and get it back in service within 18 hours what the fuck is happening at Heysham Port that they can't fix what is only a simple metal bridge ?
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