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I see the storms have ripped to shreds the corporations Celtic  style  decorative hangings that  were suspended from the street lights on the prom , they must have ratepayers money to burn these boys , and its not as if no one know the gale was approaching and time to either make them secure  or take them down for the winter , I wonder how much almost 2 miles  or decorative panel on each street light cost ? and how long they will be left in tatters ,

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On 9/29/2022 at 10:44 AM, Roger Mexico said:

I suspect trying to 'charitise' the trams is an impractical idea that won't happen.  As already noted, we've been here before with the Villa/Gaiety and there were no takers either commercial or volunteer, and that was in more friendly times for such ideas.

To see why times are less friendly, you only have to look at the news.  We've seen Graih announce it was closing, not because of lack of money but because of lack of volunteers and inability to recruit paid staff (any charity-run solution would certainly need some paid staff).  And there are regular announcement that long-standing charities and sports clubs are or are considering closing.  The problem never seem to be money, but lack of people, especially to serve on committees and in responsible roles.

Some of this is self-inflicted by the Government.  Since the AG's Chambers took over control of charities, bureaucracy and red tape has increased and become much more difficult to navigate.  As ever the intention isn't to make things work smoothly, but to provide more work for lawyers.  The excuse is to prevent abuse, but in practice it's about seeing to be doing something which the more serious abuses still thrive in Athol Street.  But the additional paperwork and legal responsibility mean that people are less willing to continue serving running charities and it's much more difficult to recruit new people to take on such positions.

But there are other demographic factors as well.  Charities often rely on the retired and if you increase retirement age (especially for women) then there are fewer years of retirement for people to give.  And younger volunteers are not just a smaller pool at the moment, rising costs and especially rent mean they have less free time and money to contribute and are less able to take up low-paid and stressful charity jobs.

There will be an additional problem with the horse trams.  Most preserved lines run away from other traffic, not through the middle of it.  This leads to all sorts of potential legal and practical problems and clashes of priority.  Even without the increases in red tape, no charity is likely to be willing to take on the responsibility without all sorts of subsidies and legal and financial indemnities.

I would add re Graih that recruiting volunteers will be difficult particularly as the extent of the social, emotional and psychological issues that will be inherent in their clients becomes apparent with no mental health support from Manx Care.  

Add to that the recent (and right) criticism from the Coroner's Court about the lack of  proper care for youngsters leaving prison/the care system.  Why would you rush to fill the void knowing that if something terrible happens, you will be a convenient patsy for the lack of proper provision by the party who should really be providing it? 

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On 9/29/2022 at 2:58 PM, 0bserver said:

The tourists aren't around the prom when the roads are closed because (surprisingly) 99% of them are around the TT Course watching the racing. 

I wouldn't worry about it. I have it on very good authority that the TT isn't going to happen next year, or was it this year, can't remember who told me that now, oh no hang on a minute it was you.

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I hope it was not to serious. Which of the non conforming crossing was it, Sue the ass off the DOI. Its the only way they will change the whole shit show on the prom and create legally recognised crossing points. And sack the twat who thought the design was good. Better still get him in court and jail him for injury caused by his decision to install illegal crossing. Might cause these crayon happy pricks to think twice about their design. 

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11 hours ago, Dirty Buggane said:

I hope it was not to serious. Which of the non conforming crossing was it, Sue the ass off the DOI. Its the only way they will change the whole shit show on the prom and create legally recognised crossing points. And sack the twat who thought the design was good. Better still get him in court and jail him for injury caused by his decision to install illegal crossing. Might cause these crayon happy pricks to think twice about their design. 

If you read the post it says bottom of Broadway. If that's correct then that's a full on pelican crossing so seems you might be jumping the gun a bit and rushing to conclusions. 

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12 hours ago, Dirty Buggane said:

Better still get him in court and jail him for injury caused by his decision to install illegal crossing. Might cause these crayon happy pricks to think twice about their design. 

Doesn't seemed to have happened with the crossing of doom at St Johns. 

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