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8 hours ago, Amadeus said:

We got it :)

DISTINGUISHED DOUGLAS CELEBRATES CITY STATUS!

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Douglas is celebrating after being awarded ‘city’ status by Her Majesty the Queen as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Douglas Borough Council applied for city status as part of a Civic Honours competition, alongside 38 other local authorities from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

Other places to apply included Ballymena in County Antrim, Dunfermline in Fife, Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Marazion in Cornwall, and Wrexham in Clywd.

Mayor of Douglas Janet Thommeny said: ‘We are thrilled with this news! It is an honour of civic pride for Douglas and everyone who lives and works here to receive this recognition and I’m sure everyone connected with the town – or should I say, city! – will be incredibly proud.

‘Our commiserations to our friends in Peel, who we hope can gain city status in the future. We are grateful to the Douglas Members of the House of Keys who wholeheartedly supported and encouraged our bid.’

Fittingly, the accolade comes in the year after the Borough of Douglas celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Can this now be a catalyst for change within DBC and IOM government? I think most people would agree the island is shabby, but as many have pointed out, a good maintenance programme will save huge amounts of money in the long term. And, improvements do not have to cost millions and millions. A bit of foresight and proper planning could make towns across the island nice places to visit for both residents and visitors. Villers 'square.' Just pave it and stick a few benches in there...i mean really! Landscape it, plant it, maintain it and people will use it. Everything is half arsed or full on overkill, theres just no happy medium.

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1 hour ago, Manx17 said:

They probably know it’s going to cost a fortune 

all the stationary and signage will be changed  and we must have a new logo   , they cant manage a weekly bin collection  but the city fathers will be wasting  lots of ratepayers money on nice to haves , time  they were lumped  in with an eastern  district local authority  and we stopped all this waste  and dick waving 

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3 hours ago, victorian dad said:

I sense a new set of commemorative stamps will  be imminent. 

That's just the thin end of the wedge. They're going to spunk hundreds of thousands on this one.

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Good morning Rox :) 

@Amadeus what is that post? Peel isn’t bothered, the only people who care are Douglas council, run along dear, go pat your friends on the back. Oh you’re all so amazing - well done 🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢

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2 minutes ago, 2bees said:

Good morning Rox :) 

@Amadeus what is that post? Peel isn’t bothered, the only people who care are Douglas council, run along dear, go pat your friends on the back. Oh you’re all so amazing - well done 🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢

I dont know Amadeus, but he seems like he wants to try and make a change, so cant we give him a chance and stop knocking him? As I asked earlier, can this now be a catalyst, a time for those civil servants to turn over a new leaf and serve us rather than themselves. Cut the red tape, cut the crap and lets do this!!

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1 hour ago, 2112 said:

Stamps? I guess a whole schedule of jollies will now be planned by councillors and MHKs, specifically aimed at wasting ratepayers and taxpayers cash, all in the name of promotion. The first waste of money will probably be the rebranding of the Council, it’s stationery and corporate identity. 
 

No money to fix things but there will be money to celebrate. 

 

The below definition indicates that now Douglas has achieved 'city' status, reference to or use of the word 'borough' will become obsolete, so a huge and costly rebranding exercise will undoubtedly be an immediate and overriding priority. 

Standby for the imminent release of details of the most grandiose plans and schemes to achieve this objective.

Sensible money will be on the relocation of the Borough cemetery...for starters.  

 

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55 minutes ago, Weliveinhope said:

Can this now be a catalyst for change within DBC and IOM government? I think most people would agree the island is shabby, but as many have pointed out, a good maintenance programme will save huge amounts of money in the long term. And, improvements do not have to cost millions and millions. A bit of foresight and proper planning could make towns across the island nice places to visit for both residents and visitors. Villers 'square.' Just pave it and stick a few benches in there...i mean really! Landscape it, plant it, maintain it and people will use it. Everything is half arsed or full on overkill, theres just no happy medium.

Struggling to see how the status of Douglas is going to act as a catalyst for change.  Amadeus I have no doubt wants to change things, but Clare wells is too afraid to even go on manxradio.

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