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On 8/14/2021 at 11:04 PM, Anyone said:

Thing about Rob is he likes bandwagons and he likes to grandstand. Working behind the scenes to good effect is not his style. But he’s not the first MHK to be like that and I doubt he’ll be the last.

Talking about Grandstands, Scoreboards and Bandwagons, I heard from someone well connected in the Motorcycle sports field in the island that plans have been drawn (by ex Minister Skelly before he was elected El Presidente) up for a new TT Grandstand. I wonder if RC could shed light on a topic of National Importance. Furthermore will he shed any further light on the new TT scoreboard, which I’ve heard there are issues with, apparently due to funding. I’m sure there will be lots of bandwagons for RC to jump upon, most of them parochial and vote grabbing. Matters which really affected the island are generally ignored and left to be screwed up. 

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7 hours ago, 2112 said:

Talking about Grandstands, Scoreboards and Bandwagons, I heard from someone well connected in the Motorcycle sports field in the island that plans have been drawn (by ex Minister Skelly before he was elected El Presidente) up for a new TT Grandstand. I wonder if RC could shed light on a topic of National Importance. Furthermore will he shed any further light on the new TT scoreboard, which I’ve heard there are issues with, apparently due to funding. I’m sure there will be lots of bandwagons for RC to jump upon, most of them parochial and vote grabbing. Matters which really affected the island are generally ignored and left to be screwed up. 

Skelly I'm sure has been pushing the New grandstand and hospitality center for a number of years . Seem to remember it being in the news also maybe as long as 5 years ago . A ego driven conception ! .

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11 hours ago, 2112 said:

Talking about Grandstands, Scoreboards and Bandwagons, I heard from someone well connected in the Motorcycle sports field in the island that plans have been drawn (by ex Minister Skelly before he was elected El Presidente) up for a new TT Grandstand. I wonder if RC could shed light on a topic of National Importance. Furthermore will he shed any further light on the new TT scoreboard, which I’ve heard there are issues with, apparently due to funding. I’m sure there will be lots of bandwagons for RC to jump upon, most of them parochial and vote grabbing. Matters which really affected the island are generally ignored and left to be screwed up. 

A new grandstand? First I've heard of that, how far did the drawings get before Skelly got bumped onto his fancy dress job? 

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8 hours ago, Numbnuts said:

Skelly I'm sure has been pushing the New grandstand and hospitality center for a number of years . Seem to remember it being in the news also maybe as long as 5 years ago . A ego driven conception ! .

Exactly - the kind of vanity projects which IOMG and the civil servants love. Project started off by Skelly, with no doubt involvement of Rob Callister, and like other vanity projects will end up overbudget, and very likely being farmed out to contractor friends of IOMG. I can’t see the new scoreboard coming on stream for next year either - perhaps another opportunity for the PAC to investigate when things go belly up.
 

The current Grandstand is probably outdated, tired and in need of modernisation, but in the economic climate, we should make do and do a low cost renovation during the autumn and winter.

Unfortunately with our politicos and civil servants ‘low cost’ doesn’t enter into their vocabulary. If it’s tax payers money it’s their to be spent how they want.

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The existing Grandstand is only 35 years old. Its predecessor lasted considerably longer than that, surely from days that saw considerably more fans and visitors attending than do nowadays?

The only thing that has changed that renders it "unsuitable" now is the hospitality aspirations.

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1 hour ago, Non-Believer said:

The existing Grandstand is only 35 years old. Its predecessor lasted considerably longer than that, surely from days that saw considerably more fans and visitors attending than do nowadays?

The only thing that has changed that renders it "unsuitable" now is the hospitality aspirations.

There were hospitality aspirations then. It was partly sold as there going to be a cafe in the big room at ground floor level and a restaurant in the tower ( outside racing periods )

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I wonder how many trili millions have been allocated to build a new Grandstand? Judging by every other capital project it will be handed to a mate of Government and will be over budget. It’s going to be hilarious when the new TT scoreboard is finally erected ……………. that’s if it’s actually done for next year? Both in terms of looks and costs. It seems as though every wannabe MHK has a wish list, and if they are elected, they start building an ever bulging wishlists, both for their constituentcy and their department respsonsibilies.  

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2 hours ago, 2112 said:

I wonder how many trili millions have been allocated to build a new Grandstand? Judging by every other capital project it will be handed to a mate of Government and will be over budget. It’s going to be hilarious when the new TT scoreboard is finally erected ……………. that’s if it’s actually done for next year? Both in terms of looks and costs. It seems as though every wannabe MHK has a wish list, and if they are elected, they start building an ever bulging wishlists, both for their constituentcy and their department respsonsibilies.  

There is not a chance in hell of any new scoreboard being in place for TT 2022 . And what about the debacle of the Bridge just below the start line !! Expensive plans and designs , take the old one way but find the DC wont let them fell trees in the cemetery so its been shelved . More waste because of incompetence again.     

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6 minutes ago, thommo2010 said:

Maybe I am out of touch with reality so I apologise if the answer to the question is obvious but why do we need to spend x amount of millions on a grandstand that will be used for 4 weeks a year?

We probably dont but Skelly was on a ego trip and reckoned we needed a new corporate area and slipped in that the current Grandstand was not up to health and safety standards ! . Like the bridge no such think as repairing the rusted , due to zero maintenance , parts of the bridge. I'm pretty positive that the existing  grandstand could be upgraded for little outlay .  Unless of course DOI get involved .  

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5 minutes ago, thommo2010 said:

Maybe I am out of touch with reality so I apologise if the answer to the question is obvious but why do we need to spend x amount of millions on a grandstand that will be used for 4 weeks a year?

'Cos it'll pay for itself literally within the first year? 

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