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Interestingly...they dont mention the mountain of derelect properties, in prime locations on their portfolio, none of which look like being developed anytime soon and only serve to make the Island look scruffy, tired and skint. Not a great advert for a country which has aspirations. Why are they allowed to keep the Castle Mona, Golf Links etc and do nothing with them ?

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Interestingly...they dont mention the mountain of derelect properties, in prime locations on their portfolio, none of which look like being developed anytime soon and only serve to make the Island look scruffy, tired and skint. Not a great advert for a country which has aspirations. Why are they allowed to keep the Castle Mona, Golf Links etc and do nothing with them ?

 

Hear, hear!

 

1. Wait for said building to fall down

2. Demolish and clear site

3. Hardcore

4. Paint car parking lines

5. Kerching

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As part of their Casino License, don't they have to spend so much a year on upgrading the hotel. A few tins of paint, varnish & Brasso might be worth spending some of the money on.

 

 

Hilton doesn't hold the Casino licence, it's held by Gala/Ladbrookes.

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Interestingly...they dont mention the mountain of derelect properties, in prime locations on their portfolio, none of which look like being developed anytime soon and only serve to make the Island look scruffy, tired and skint. Not a great advert for a country which has aspirations. Why are they allowed to keep the Castle Mona, Golf Links etc and do nothing with them ?

Agreed, surely the Castle Mona must be a listed building? Apart from the fire service using it for extended ladder practice and film crews using the car park, it seems to be left to the pigeons and herring gulls.

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As part of their Casino License, don't they have to spend so much a year on upgrading the hotel. A few tins of paint, varnish & Brasso might be worth spending some of the money on.

 

Now that they don't have to pay any more for the "Hilton" franchise there should be more cash to do that sort of thing.

 

You are obviously missing the point that they will be getting considerably less bookings now that the Hilton group had withdrawn it's endorsement ...

 

yes because ppl only came here to stay in the hilton :rolleyes:

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As part of their Casino License, don't they have to spend so much a year on upgrading the hotel. A few tins of paint, varnish & Brasso might be worth spending some of the money on.

 

 

Hilton doesn't hold the Casino licence, it's held by Gala/Ladbrookes.

Gala (who owned the entire operation including the hotel) sold out to Sefton group some time ago. The hotel is a requirement of the casino licence, you cannot have a casino in IoM without a hotel attached, Gala also had the same franchise arrangement when running the hotel side of the business.

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Just had a letter from them. As part of the change the Piano/Whispers/Star Wars Bar is no longer going to be open at weekends.

 

Where the hell am I going to go now when I'm too pissed to get into the casino? Home?

 

Pfffft

 

you bloody what.

its shutting, how crap is that,

that place is allways busy.

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Agreed, surely the Castle Mona must be a listed building? Apart from the fire service using it for extended ladder practice and film crews using the car park, it seems to be left to the pigeons and herring gulls.

 

It is, although you wouldn't know it by the way it's being left to rot. It's sad really. Much of Douglas' history, and hence its identity, seems to be ignored or dispensed with at a whim: The Douglas Hotel (also once a home for the Duke of Atholl) is in complete disrepair and awaits an illustrious fate as a convenience store; The Villiers is long gone; much of the land that gave the Castle Mona it's sense of majesty was built on and now the building itself is left empty; the future is uncertain for Park Road School (which I believe was the first publicly funded secondary school on the Island), with the Government's purchase of the nearby Bowling Green hotel under a description like 'strategic acquisition' sounding particularly ominous; and so on.

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