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  1. 2 hours ago, Derek Flint said:

     Why can’t they just finish one bit before they start another?

    Its like a kindergarten wet playtime. 

    I've explained this before Derek. From a friend working for a firm who is responsible for lots of services  , not Auldyn etc , while they had a concept plan from day one ie what the finished job would look like they didnt have detail plans for contractors to be able to work too. So because of this it was literally a day to day operation to keep the contractors occupied till infrastructure plans were issued. Hence what we saw early in with the jumping of work areas and from a initial plan of work being abandoned and no structure to works. Also hence why there was very few men on the job. Been a mess from day one . Clearly it shoukd have moved progressivly along the prom from one direction and one side at a time. Now we are left with a clusterfuck and total carnage . DOI ! ! Most in the know knew this woukd be a disaster .  

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  2. 39 minutes ago, Manx Expat said:
    43 minutes ago, Manx Expat said:

    That’s true. The man at the top is a complete idiot, the bloke below him is an angry useless little twat, and the guy who is his right hand man is basically just serially incompetent. And that’s before you even factor some of the others in. 

    N Black CEO DOI 

    J Robinson Director of Highway services

    P Singer Director of projects 

    J Reece Chief Engineer

    A Burrows Project Manager 

    K Podmore Design Team Leader 

    G Saunders Construction  Manager 



  3. 4 minutes ago, TheTeapot said:

    HAHAHAHA It's finally broke then. I knew about this a while back and was ordered "DO NOT POST THIS ON MANX FORUMS". I've being dying to though.

    Haha yes knew about it from a friend with a business on the prom . I too promised him I wouldnt say... The gift that keeps on giving . Now  what ? Was having breakfast in the Villa Cafe around lunch time , very nice too , and perusing whats still to be done . Seaside supposed to be finished by early September , which leaves 6 months to do the hotel side ...not even close despite the dropping of lots of the works... Expect another announcement of change in plan and more works left till next phase late next year . 

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  4. 19 minutes ago, Uhtred said:

    Thanks Roger - I was using the umbrella term Tynwald as the source of the rejection(s) as Phillips was acting in the name of Tynwald. It would however be deliciously amusing if Phillips had cocked it up and rejected them erroneously - though I doubt it.

    Cowin’s petitions every year have a genetic similarity; the desire to embarrass his former employer. Whereas that’s unlikely to be difficult, and Cowin is dogged in the way that an Ox doggedly pulls a plough, his clever-arsedness grates. I’d love to see him and Phillips knocking lumps off each other though.

    An unanswered question is why he pops up every year like hogweed to attack government/the civil service. It could be ego - ‘look how terribly clever I am’; rage -  ‘those bastards are taking the piss’; or an attempt to redress some past perceived slight...most likely the famous Gubay incident, or being passed over for promotion, something like that. I sense a man who rates himself more highly than the rest of the world does.

    To be fair he's on their case all year round but they slow it all down and delay. So when Tymwald day comes around its a chance I guess to make his points publicly which gives him leverage in his arguments and stand . Its a good question as to why though and even though I know him I still cant be sure as to motives. He has a boat in Peel Marina , Dandara built over the road from his house without planning and abused the planning they did have and the dumping waste was taken past his front door with the spillage involved . Read between the lines and you can see lots that ignite his anger ..ohhh yes Gubay ! He was the only person I know who stood up against Gubay in Government regarding work permits and NI . where he was senior inspector and they didn't support him when it went pear shaped . He wasnt happy about that for sure as he was carrying out his job totally and rigidly . 

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  5. 8 minutes ago, Scotty said:

    Your username could well be Cowin himself. I don’t believe you know him well. If you did, you could possibly defend this compete waste of time.Why he i# given airtime is questionable too. 

    You have no idea and are so wrong its untrue . Known him for 48 years through many avenues. He has the guts and inteligence to stand up and challenge the powers that be . ! That alone has to be admired . Do you ? or just bleat on here against those that get off their ass and try and right wrongs. Yes , and I'm the first to agree he goes about it often the wrong way but thats his nature and manner . Do I agree with him , no he can be so cantankerous and augumentitive which counts against him but at least he challenges. Who else is doing that ? If there wasn't people like TC around powers that be would have a totally free ride .

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  6. 7 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

    I don't think Emergency Laws per se have much to do with it. Our Government and Civil Service do simply have a great deal of previous in just thinking that they can subjectively make it up to suit themselves as they go along, an attitude born of their long term unaccountability.

    Every now and again however, somebody like Cowin pops up and makes complete mugs out of them by having a greater knowledge of procedure and adherence to the rules and regulations, if not respect for same.

    IF that's the case this time then they've clearly tried to anticipate it by heading him off before the event. One would hope for the Clerk of Tynwald's sake that he's done his homework. Because if he hasn't and Cowin is subsequently able to prove that, then said Clerk and his Tynwald cronies are (yet again) going to be made to look very, very stupid.

    Nail on head ! Never bet against Trevor ! He's relentless and usually right ..and they know that so will be cacking themselves over this for sure .

  7. 37 minutes ago, Scotty said:

    Him and Cowin are not dissimilar. Both trying to waste taxpayers money for their own personal reasons, not helping the public .

    But what is in it for TC ?? I know him very well and I cant work it out tbh .  It certainly isnt financial .  Maybe he genuinly is fighting the system as its corrupt in many ways.  

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  8. 35 minutes ago, Scotty said:

    He still took his massive wedge though , didn’t he. As for having friends in the CS, really?

    Yes your right he did but it wasnt his fault that terms and conditions were offered to him and everyone else that were not sustainable !   Who TC ?? Ohhh he does surprisingly ! 

  9. Just now, Scotty said:

    All petitions have to meet certain criteria to be considered. 
    You obviously know very little about Cowin.

    Well clearly you dont as if you did you'd know he will have made sure his submissions were correct and following correct procedure . Wait and see ! This isnt over by any means knowing Trevor as I do .  

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  10. 5 minutes ago, Mr Newbie said:

    I think that is generally correct; he’s been proven to be right all along on the Peel Marina debacle for instance. It’s shocking arrogance to just dismiss his petitions. The right to submit a petition at Tynwald is an ancient right. It’s part of our processes as a functioning democracy. To not allow someone to do so just because you think they're a pain in the ass brings the whole way that government operates into question. If the petitions were thrown out by the committee that’s one thing. But arbitrarily thrown out by the Clerk without even submitting is shocking arrogance. Do they still think Emergency Laws apply which mean that they can just do what they like without being accountable to the public? 

    They have always been like that ,all areas of government but with TC  they have more than they bargained for or need . They really need to bring there A game or he will make fools of them . What they will do is spin it out over time like they are doing with planning and Marina etc. 

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  11. 7 minutes ago, Non-Believer said:

    I've no connection with Trevor Cowin but did he set the conditions and terms for his golden pension and lump sum? Did any of them?

    No. They were the binding terms they signed up to for their careers and work that were agreed by politicians long since departed on their own golden lifeboats. Which is why sorting out their future pensions business is so fraught with difficulty. It may now be excessive in the current context but it's not Cowin's fault.

    At least Cowin could now be construed as questioning some of Govt's actions. With the benefit of some inside knowledge to aid him.

    Which is more than any of those in actual Govt. do after they've been paid off with their Departmental uplifts for their patronage and under pain of dismissal for disobedience. Any of them declining their uplifts?

    Chris Thomas is now the current proof of that.

    I know for a fact he pointed out the pension debt issue back in early 2000's and also the potential problem with funding and he was not believed . He argued it and eventually got a friend who was a MLC to bring it up in Tynwald and from that day on they started to take notice . He also was right about Peel Marina and Planning dept being flawed and not having the authority to make planning authorisations. 

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  12. 1 hour ago, Non-Believer said:

    Quite. But you would have thought that an experienced, thorn in the side like TC with his knowledge of the workings of Govt would have been on top of something like that too? And to have them all rejected en bloc? Could be construed as a bit smelly?

    I know Trevor very well ,and yes he's OTT and obnoxious at times but one thing he isn't is incomptent . He knows every angle and when arguing or putting forward anything you can bet your life hes researched it and he will be right as he cant afford to be wrong due to reputation. God help them as he'll rip them a new one for sure . He knows the system and goverment law and procedures backwards and still has many friends in government who can be relied on to 'help' . 

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  13. 39 minutes ago, Dave Hedgehog said:

    Looks in better nick than the bogs in the Rovers.

    Was in there last night and your not wrong !! At least the Victoris Tavern /salt and pepper /Blind pig  as it is now have refurbed their's  and they really tidy now ..great job done  

  14. 1 hour ago, Kopek said:


    One can't help but wonder if this new scheme has made any difference to the traffic flow through Douglas?

    Well from my observations and DOI's explanation to justify this mess it was to enable Buses to keep to timetable. Interestingly once around St Ninians they are then faced with backups all the way down into town so I would have at a guess especially at peak times buses are all running late . Its not about lanes etc , its about amount of traffic which fortunatly currently is reduced but when everyone working from home goes back its going to be far worse .  

  15. 6 hours ago, Dave Hedgehog said:

    It's fine on a mountain bike but I wouldn't use it on something with thinner tyres. 

    Keeping the grass verge on part of it is ridiculous as well. 

    Yes my friend is not on a mountain bike. But as its a cycle lane it should be perfect for any bike right !! But I know you know that too . Who the hell signs this stuff off ! 

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  16. 4 hours ago, Kopek said:

    Certainly the Roads div and Transport could have a clash of interests. Indeed, seem to have just had one?

    Where would they put Transport? In the DfE? Iit's tourist dept would demand trillions for the Heritage Rail Network!!!

    Similar vein to St Ninians, this evening, came across a bunch of 8 or so cyclists between Scarlet and Gansey. Two abreast, nothing wrong with that but why didn't they use the cycle lane/pavement? Is it too rough for bikes?

    Have a friend who regulary cycles that way and he says the cycle lane is dangerous and not fit to cycle on 

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  17. Everyones missing the real point. This traffic issue in these areas are totally the responsibility of DOI and the complete clusterf**k they made of the promenade in the first place . From day one they didnt have a clue ,and along with lack of design plans , and this is why we are where we are . How is it suddenly we have big numbers on site but for a year often there wouldnt be double figures for months . The Prom doesnt need to be one way as there is plenty of room for two lanes . As there was all along.. Management at DOI have completly failed in everyway and how Black is still in charge is mindblowing. Along with senior CS there they need to be made accountable . 

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  18. 6 minutes ago, finlo said:

    Who needs bank's when you can still buy a wench for ten groats out there!:ph34r:

    Mobile number please , I'm on the case saved 30 groats over lockdown..fill my boots 

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  19. 2 minutes ago, 2112 said:

    I would argue that Dereks posts and contributions have on the whole been positive. If he does criticise, his criticism I would say is constructive. 

    I would bleat about the Chief Constable because he is local. A new Chief Constable from a UK based police force, would install a much more professional approach, and would have access and knowledge of policing best practices. Change is long overdue.

    Really ??!! Lots in the Met and other forces whos 'best practices' wont suit Isle of Man. 

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