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How caring of Mr Speaker. I like the sentence in this report "Mr Watterson also confirmed he's been in touch with the manager of the facility to see whether the MHKs can do anything to help."

Unless he's going to commit to holding tax-payer funded cocktail parties there every night, I suspect not.

Idiot.

 

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its never exactly busy in there these days,  i suspect it was barely ticking over and having to find 90k now will be the last straw.   shame  it wasn't owned by the sefton group cos there ju

Yes, the emergency wheelbarrow would have been trundled down there PDQ if it had been the Sefton boys. The phone would have been hot in the Council of Ministers.... 

They clearly didnt have enough "connected" shareholders.......

Like me he probably has fond memories of the Cherry Orchard from childhood as a venue birthday parties and later for wedding receptions.

As Port Erin is in his constituency it is good to see him taking an interest in the local economy and trying to help local businesses. 

You are right in saying that the reality is that he will be able to do little about it.

 

 

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34 minutes ago, Shake me up Judy said:

Was there anything Govt could have done at an earlier stage before it got to this ? They're always good at wringing their hands afterwards and offering condolences. Anyone know what's going on down there ?

It was little but a doss house anyway with various tenants living there on long term leases. 

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Reportedly, it's the cost of having to repay the tenants their various fees and charges that the management company had been adjudged to have "over charged" that has driven the place under, although some parts are to remain open?

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its never exactly busy in there these days,  i suspect it was barely ticking over and having to find 90k now will be the last straw.

 

shame  it wasn't owned by the sefton group cos there just wouldn't be a money problem then.

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A very interesting point re Sefton group. Obviously Sefton is a larger concern, with presumably more jobs at risk, but also presumably the bail out was much larger than would be required to assist in reforming the Orchard. Makes you wonder what the cost per head to the taxpayer would be to save those jobs, vs the ones that were saved at the Sefton. 

The precedent for successful hotel enterprise is clear with the new hotels in Douglas and Ramsey, so clearly the potential for the facility is there with a little effort. 

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1 hour ago, maynragh said:

What problem? The same could be said for Ramsey, but they've already had to extend their new hotel once. 

Ramsey does at least have the Mooragh Park, a shopping centre, the TT etc. Likewise most other towns have attractions, poor old Port Erin is lacking in this.

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