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I'm sure most builders are able to look at a map and be able to tie straw bales to walls in the right place, with bits of sisal, thats what Kissacks did. Must be a bit easier now as a lot of straw bales have been replaced with those big red and white air cushion things.

 

I'm sure office workers could adapt easily to this work as well then, with the ability to place post-its on every available site in order to find their way back from the coffee-machine to their centrally-heated desk. Must be tough being an office worker ,ask any Highway Board slave on the Mountain Road in Mid-Winter, while your driving past in your Chelsea Tractor

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I never cease to be amazed by the ability of this Island's residents to find a negative or conspiracy in every little piece of news. Maybe after 35 years Kissack Brothers simply decided they'd had eno

Martin From Marlow construction is a great supporter of motorcycle racing and doubt he would have tendered if he didn't think he could provide the safety barrier setup 100%

Could people please stop posting facts. It upsets those MF members who see a conspiricy, backhander, masonic plot, or whatever behind every government decision

I'm sure most builders are able to look at a map and be able to tie straw bales to walls in the right place, with bits of sisal, thats what Kissacks did. Must be a bit easier now as a lot of straw bales have been replaced with those big red and white air cushion things.

 

I'm sure office workers could adapt easily to this work as well then, with the ability to place post-its on every available site in order to find their way back from the coffee-machine to their centrally-heated desk. Must be tough being an office worker ,ask any Highway Board slave on the Mountain Road in Mid-Winter, while your driving past in your Chelsea Tractor

 

If you had paid more attention at school maybe you wouldn't be in your position. I'm not disrespecting your job, but envy is ugly...

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Martin From Marlow construction is a great supporter of motorcycle racing and doubt he would have tendered if he didn't think he could provide the safety barrier setup 100%

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seems strange only one firm put a tender in. I dont remember seeing a tender for it in the courier?

 

didn't think tenders went in the paper these days or is that just the building works

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Possibly the case Molly. But if the tender only went to companies currently on the employers federation list that would have excluded quite a few companies that could have tendered.

 

Something fishy here , i cant believe for one minute that only one company on this Ilsnad would put in a tender for such a lucrative contract.

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Possibly the case Molly. But if the tender only went to companies currently on the employers federation list that would have excluded quite a few companies that could have tendered.

 

Something fishy here , i cant believe for one minute that only one company on this Ilsnad would put in a tender for such a lucrative contract.

1,how do you know it is lucrative

2, why is it fishy?

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Possibly the case Molly. But if the tender only went to companies currently on the employers federation list that would have excluded quite a few companies that could have tendered.

 

Something fishy here , i cant believe for one minute that only one company on this Ilsnad would put in a tender for such a lucrative contract.

 

It was advertised in the papers.

 

The specification was very detailed and would have taken a lot of time to price up which is why contractors would have shy'd away. Marlowe probably took an educated guess on it.

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It was advertised in the papers.

Could people please stop posting facts. It upsets those MF members who see a conspiricy, backhander, masonic plot, or whatever behind every government decision

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Or, maybe Kissacks had to justify their fee and couldn't?

 

Interesting exchange in Keys Questions yesterday (Lines 213 - 233):

 

Mr Quayle: Could the Minister please advise me how much this process has saved the taxpayer, and does the person/company – which you have just mentioned now as Mr Marlow – who have been awarded the contract have the necessary experience required for running such an important role as the TT and Manx Grand Prix?

 

The Minister (Shimmin): In common with most other contracts, this contract contains a clause that prevents disclosure of contractual details, unless both parties to the contract give permission for this information to be divulged. As Mr Marlow is currently off Island servicing a piece of equipment for the contract, it has not been possible to get his permission. With regard to the idea of saving money, this was never an exercise to save money. It evolved because the previous incumbent for some 35 years, although doing an outstanding job, had not actually had a formal contract. This was put out to tender, as is common practice, and on this occasion the incumbent Kissack Bros Ltd chose not to tender. Therefore, it is unlikely there will be any saving. Indeed, after many years experience, it may well be initially more expensive to the taxpayer whilst the new company gears up for the same work as has been done in the past.

 

With regard to Marlow’s experience, certainly they will not have experience in this area, because one incumbent has been doing it for so many years; however, my Department have been satisfied that they do have the experience to take responsibility for the necessary work to be done.

 

So it looks as if the new contract may actually cost more money. It also appears that while Mr Marlow is in possession of a lot of equipment, a mobile phone isn't part of it. After all it couldn't be that our government would want to keep details of public contracts secret, could it?

 

So at a time when public finances are under extreme pressure it has been decided that even though it will cost the taxpayer more, a ridicuously bureaucratic tendering process will be embarked on. The reason? Because Kissacks despite having done an outstanding job for the last 35 years have never had a formal contract.

Well if they've done an outstanding job for 35 years without a formal contract - wht do they suddenly need one now? Especially if it is going to cost the taxpayer money!

I can't imagine Howie Kissack having a formal contract with many of his customers - yet him & his family have been trading successfully for donkeys years.

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Anyone thought of using community workers or even the prison?

Great idea for safety that one. Get a load of people doing it, many of whom might not give a toss or have mental health or worse problems?

 

Maybe we could get therm childminding too, now government are stopping funding the pre-school nurseries.

 

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OK folks anymore care to suggest what they believe a reasonable value for the contract should be. Bear in mind that the actual value of the contract is a six figure sum and we are not talking with a 1or 2 in front of!

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OK folks anymore care to suggest what they believe a reasonable value for the contract should be. Bear in mind that the actual value of the contract is a six figure sum and we are not talking with a 1or 2 in front of!

I'd suggest £25 a manhour (as vehicles are involved).
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