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  1. The roadway from Broadway to Esplande which encompasses the cross over of the twin horse tram lines and the small chicane is something to observe.   I watched with interest this morning whilst walking.  The vehicles using the chicane proceeding in a southerly direction over the tramlines merging onto the shared roadway utilise the system well (although no horse trams atm)  However, buses and other such large vehicles have to swing out from the chicane and encroach onto the oncoming carriageway thus causing vehicle's travelling in a northerly direction to slow and give way.  Another consequence of the narrow road widths and lack of proper engineering planning.  Wait for the horse trams to come into play and and this will be a real pinch point.

  2. 6 hours ago, Roxanne said:

    That is hugely insulting to the Minister in charge. TC is nothing like his predecessor. He’s a realist who is determined to shake things up at the DOI and get it working properly again. He’s up against a huge task for sure but if anyone can turn things around then I believe he has the skills to do it. 

    Fair assessment imo.  Lets re visit this in a few years.  

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  3. 53 minutes ago, Ramseyboi said:

    Completion date thrown off-track, says DoI Minister

    It's 'absolutely impossible' to put a put a completion date on the Douglas prom scheme, but work will continue into next year.

    That's the word of the infrastructure minister who's been quizzed on the subject in the House of Keys this morning.

    Tim Crookall says the overall work is '95% complete' however the rail regulator has raised a concern with the tramway points at the bottom of Broadway, meaning they now need to be modified at a factory in the UK.

    Work on a seventy-metre section of tramway between Broadway and Esplanade Mews cannot continue until they're returned.

    Mr Crookall previously said he wouldn't give a completion date on the promenade refurbishment scheme, and said he still wouldn't until the finished road was being swept and cleaned:”


    The contractors and more importantly, the DoI collective, must have been rubbing their hands when Tim nice but dim, was appointed.  So we will just do away with deadlines and see how things progress.  It was noticeable after he first made the no deadline comments the work almost ground to a halt.  

  4. 3 hours ago, Stu Peters said:

    There's a lot of talk about 'failed MHKs' and 'the old boys club' in selecting members for LegCo.

    My view is that for what purports to be a 'scrutiny of government legislation' role, a former MHK is probably best equipped for the job. The option is that MHKs vote for someone with little or no experience of the arcane world of Tynwald processes, protocols and procedures and has zero public mandate. At least someone who even only stood as MHK has subjected themselves to public scrutiny, whereas some nominations in the past have appeared to be more about ticking boxes than choosing the best person.

    What an eye popping post this is.  Perhaps your former role left you somewhat in awe of the capabilities of previous incumbants of your present position.  I am certain, beyond doubt, that 'scrutiny of government legislation' would not present too much of a problem for a number of professional people nor indeed the average joe on the street (which is where most MHK's frequented).  

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  5. 2 hours ago, Holte End said:

    This could be the reason why he would make a good DOI Minister. The new minister will need the public on their side, Teflon Rob seems to never get any bad publicity off manx radio or Isle of Man Newspapers, even when the laxey wheel stopped turning, the TT scoreboard taken down and not replaced, the incinerator stopped, the guernsey plane couldn't land and had to be diverted., part of Castletown Old police station to be knocked down. making an absolute faux pas of the competition bill in Tynwald. Nothing, but Rob says tourism needs borders open and that makes the news. Teflon Rob seemed to be the only person the papers and radio leave alone. So give him DOI, he seems to have the hierarchy of manx radio and isle of man newspapers behind him and he listens to public opinion.

    I am strangely drawn to agree with this suggestion but for a different reason.  The man clearly has an ego that requires attention, so let him prove his worth.  I supect he would genuinely believe the time is right.  Personally, I wouldn't let him run the meat draw in the local boozer.

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  6. A wind of change would be refreshing - out with the bluster and staid outlook.  I believe the compisition of the Keys and 

    Legislative lends itself to JPW being CM.  That in turn should lead to some interesting ministerial appointments.  

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  7. I view DBC as similar to the IOMG CS, very out of touch, over staffed and on excellent pay rates/pension benefits. If they wish to save money then they need to look at the workforce rather than cutting the public services.  I am a Douglas rate payer and it is clear DBC is in need of long needed review of staffing and estate management.  The complaints re IOM CS employees is equal in context to DBC.

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  8. The issue, as I view the matter, is whether the Government is being open and frank with the numbers it is stating are in hospital that are covid related.  If this guy is correct then they are somewhat mis leading.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Apple said:

    Did you factor in anything for political interference ? The issue of home closures has not gone down very well I understand.

    The six homes are all run under the auspices of Manx Care, who seem to have a very different approach to that of their Minister or Comin.  What is the situation with the privately run homes - some restrictions?

  10. 2 hours ago, NoTailT said:

    Can see  Quayle and Ashford taking this option.   They do like to follow the CI


    Officials are planning to “piggyback” on the UK’s system though don’t plan to use the NHS app.

    Islanders will be issued with a QR code, that will confirm a person’s vaccination status, that will be valid for use in countries around the world where the UK has struck agreements.

  11. 1 hour ago, Roger Mexico said:

    I was thinking as much about the testing where it appears there is only a budget for 200 (PCR) tests a day, but CoMin and the CO have certainly not been helping.  The lack of any coordination and planning (which is what the CO is supposed to be for) is the real problem though.

    Coordination and planning -  This has always been the issue and it is even more amplified since Comin decided to down tools and leave it to everyone's personal responsibility.    The confusion this caused after such draconian measures was to be expected and has resulted in  a vacuous void of strategy from Quayle, Ashford and the assembled cohorts.  Can anyone say what the current strategy is for dealing or mitigating this pandemic? Track and trace - which should be top notch is whittled down, testing is at a premium, LFT are the new go to,  an election looming and it appears the current incumbents are frozen as to any reasonable response.  Where else is this policy being pursued? There seems a complete lack of ownership being displayed by Comin.

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  12. 1 minute ago, AlanShimmin said:

    19 now in Nobles (2 in ICU). The red line of 30 is getting close 😐

    Yes. I wonder at what stage the Govt have to re visit mitigation stage (masks etc) - particularly with numbers increasing in hospital and ICU today?

  13. 58 minutes ago, cissolt said:

    Contact tracing seems to have stopped when we changed the border policy. Although Ashford is implying this was unexpected.  


    Couldn't have been that expected as they had a very recent and very quick recruitment drive around the same period for contact tracers etc.  Think they are acknowledging they cant do the scale of contact tracing they find themselves in atm.  So what happens with this team going forward,  I think a few were on zero hour contracts but there were a number of full time roles with in the team.

  14. 1 hour ago, Cassie2 said:

    Booster vaccines are to be offered to 32 million Britons starting early next month with up to 2,000 pharmacies set to deliver the programme (to enable GPs and other NHS staff to handle patients waiting for other treatments etc) with nearly 2.5million third doses a week to be delivered starting in the first week of September. All 50+ adults and others vulnerable will be offered a booster.

    We will have to await the finer details.  Will it be an alternative make to the one you have been doubled jabbed with, will the booster be a second generation to take into account the variants that have since emerged?  

  15. 8 minutes ago, Ramseyboi said:

    The plans I saw were for a modern and energy efficient building that was much more fit for purpose than the pile of rubble that is there now.

    Just goes to show you can’t please everyone.

    Unfortunately in these situations the people who shout loudest are the ones with the most time on their hands rather than the majority, so think pensioners and Civil Servants.

    They are the ones who complain and start petitions when in reality nobody cares about an crumbly old building and the majority would like to see the modern replacement that could be used year round.

    Its a crappy old building that needs piling down and there has been enough public money wasted on it already without wasting more on applications, appeals etc.

    it is a shame we can’t arrange another, more targeted lighting strike and just get rid of it so the new one can be built which is what the majority of people want

    Port Erin Commissioners appear fairly pro active in terms of the town.  This is particularly so in regard to their main attraction - the beach front.  The initiatives that encourage bands, beach sports, the beach huts, pop ups etc are to be applauded.  The Upper Promenade has seen a redevelopment and whilst the Cosy Nook could be described as quaint, it is clearly not fit for purpose.  The proposed new development would be fitting for the area and progression of the town.  The current inertia is all too common in such matters.

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  16. 53 minutes ago, Omobono said:

    and in the meantime  the highways infrastructure in places like Bucks road and many  of the  side  roads feeding onto it are a disgrace  littered with pot holes and continual  deteriorate at an alarming state ,  what I would like to know is when everyone avoids the main feeder route from the north into Douglas  following the promenade works  ,where do the DOI think the traffic is going to go , at the Quarter bridge  every day seems like TT week with traffic backed up in every direction ,

    I have never known the roads and footpaths in Douglas to be in such a dreadful and dangerous state , and  apparently  so we can tick a box to promote active travel  to provide things no one seems to be using or wants in the first place , 

    Yes they need to concentrate on upgrading and maintaining the primary routes.  These grandiose schemes are all well and good if the rest of the network is in apple pie order, which  is clearly not the case.  Where they appear to be going wrong is shoe horning everything into the same space (trying to please everyone), the roadways become a lot more narrow - as evidence with the promenade scheme - this surely will have a detrimental effect.

    2 hours ago, Shake me up Judy said:

    I've never yet seen even one cyclist on the Lezayre Road cycle lane into Ramsey. Not ever, in the two (?) years since it was put there. Nor do I ever see any kids cycling to school like we used to. I can't remember when I last saw a schoolkid in uniform on a bike.

    A classic example of engineering a ridiculous cycle lane where it causes more harm than good.

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  17. 4 minutes ago, thommo2010 said:

    I wonder how many people would want these LFT'S if they had to pay for them.

    There would be an immediate reduction, perhaps that would not have been the case when they were first muted, but time has moved on.  People do like a freebie and I am sure some have hoarded a lot.  i loved the way Ashford tried to spin a positive out of Comin's lack of planning the impact of LFT would have.

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  18. 3 minutes ago, AlanShimmin said:


    Baker has been quite an appalling minister and his interviews in situ on the Promenade with Moulton and all the chao ensuing around him bring home how out of his depth this man is.   Yes his department have let him down but he is the focal point of the Dept.

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  19. 1 minute ago, Ramseyboi said:

    One of our former leaders Mr Corkish.

    Washing hands is a good thing “I suppose, really”

    As for the others the 2nd bloke talks sense.

    Why not ask some young people, or even Middle Aged people who are working?


    Corkish was an ineffectual politician - probably said more in this clip than his 12 years as an MHK/MLC.

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  20. 53 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

    Well it may be dodgy, but it's the only dashboard we have.

    But the Manx Radio explanation is complete rubbish.  It doesn't matter how many times it has been updated in a period, the figures should still match up with each other.   

    The 'Investigated Cases' is a rolling total and the increase in it over any period (no matter how many updates there have been) should be the same as the increase in Active cases (after allowing for 'recoveries').  And it usually is.

    But this increase must logically also be the same as the number of 'New cases' .  And it consistently has been wildly different over the last two weeks.  With the 'new cases' being a lot less except in the last couple of days.  And of course it's this imaginary number of new cases which the media look at.

    What I find shocking about this isn't just that this is obviously wrong, it that it should be obviously so to any politician, journalist or Manx Care/DHSC worker who looks at them.  It's basic common sense, not higher mathematics.  Why isn't there more fuss about this or has everyone else just given up on expecting any sense out of Ashford and his minions?

    I wonder if this is an issue with the inputters not being conversant with the intricacies of the dashboard?  It is nonetheless embarrassing that the numbers are not tallying.  Ashford, as Minister, should really be asking questions a s to why the only public facing dashboard is so riddled with nonsensical maths. 

    On a separate, although linked note, I found this report rather illuminating as to the mindset and mis placed penny pinching attitude, that underpins the whole approach to the pandemic.  COMIN's circumspect attitude often leads to more problems and eventually more expenditure, an illustration of which is the LFT that both Quayle and Ashford have attempted to put a positive spin on- something they hoped would be a piecemeal offering and somewhat inconsequential - they misjudged the mood of the GMP, not for the first time.

    Lab only funded for 200 PCR tests per day - Manx Radio

    'Clinical advice' prompts change in LFT recommendations - Manx Radio

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  21. 7 minutes ago, Numbnuts said:

    As I mentioned the other week the crossing outside Sam Webbs was to be lifted . Started today . Thats every crossing now I believe has been lifted at least once . Lessons have been learned ?!! Clearly not .


    Yes it is quite unbelievable how continue to make the same mistakes.  I wonder if this one was being laid when the first Loch Prom one was being re-laid.  It would not surprise in the least.  You have to wonder who is instructing them to redo the work and where was that person(s) when they were being originally put down.

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