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10 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

Would this not affect local authority housing which make up huge percentages of their constituencies? it would surely have an impact? 

I don't follow the connection? 

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2 minutes ago, woolley said:

Not the empire building instincts of central government, you can be confident.  

You can't build empires when there is no money to play with. 

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The staff will be quaking in their boots when that happens. Empires must be retained at any cost.

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13 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

Would this not affect local authority housing which make up huge percentages of their constituencies? it would surely have an impact? 

All social housing on the island needs transferring into one single all-island housing association. It's been a political football for too long. 

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33 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

We all use the services and infrastructure within Douglas, why shouldn’t all of the island be paying towards it? One local authority would be more cost efficient, I’d be surprised if it’s more effective.

What services and infrastructure is that then?

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7 minutes ago, On The Bus said:

All social housing on the island needs transferring into one single all-island housing association. It's been a political football for too long. 

OK. But not public sector. Make it a third sector body as in the UK. 

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38 minutes ago, finlo said:

What services and infrastructure is that then?

I don't use any services or infrastructure provided by Douglas Corpy. If I venture into Douglas I might patronise businesses there, thus contributing to the abilities of those traders to pay the town's inflated rates. In no way is Douglas subsidising me. 

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9 minutes ago, woolley said:

I don't use any services or infrastructure provided by Douglas Corpy. If I venture into Douglas I might patronise businesses there, thus contributing to the abilities of those traders to pay the town's inflated rates. In no way is Douglas subsidising me. 

Exactly, my primary reason to go there is to catch the ferry!

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1 hour ago, finlo said:

What services and infrastructure is that then?

The amenity site? I go there because of the extended opening hours in summer, my rates don’t cover it though. 

A lot of the other public buildings/sites I was thinking of don’t seem to fall under their responsibility, in which case I don’t understand why their rates are so high if it’s only a library, horse trams and car parks they’re responsible for.

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16 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

The amenity site? I go there because of the extended opening hours in summer, my rates don’t cover it though. 

A lot of the other public buildings/sites I was thinking of don’t seem to fall under their responsibility, in which case I don’t understand why their rates are so high if it’s only a library, horse trams and car parks they’re responsible for.

They provide no more facilities for the rest of the island than any other local authority.

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19 minutes ago, TheTeapot said:

They've got a golf course. 

So has every other town.

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3 minutes ago, finlo said:

So has every other town.

I'm stumped then.

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44 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

The amenity site? I go there because of the extended opening hours in summer, my rates don’t cover it though. 

A lot of the other public buildings/sites I was thinking of don’t seem to fall under their responsibility, in which case I don’t understand why their rates are so high if it’s only a library, horse trams and car parks they’re responsible for.

Aren't the horse trams not part of their remit anymore, since going to the DOI, or do the ratepayers still contribute to that?

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