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3 minutes ago, cissolt said:

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.

Anything can act as a catalyst if the will is there.

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54 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.

They don’t have to cost millions but they will. They need not take too long but they will take years to complete. Don’t forget that consultants will need to be employed and DBCs and IOMG pet contractors, will need to be given the job. It’s almost like a what’s in it for us attitude, or why should we be bothered? Conferring City Status won’t make the promenade or the shitty parts of the capital any cleaner, least of all any quicker. It will boost the egos of DBC councillors, and the 6 Douglas MHKs who will be hoping for for nice few receptions, or possible trip to Buck House at the taxpayers/ratepayers expense.

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There will be much back slapping at City Hall this morning and no doubt the drinks cabinet will take a battering this afternoon.  At least the Outback will see some money over the bar later.

Get ready for lots of rebranding and changes of job titles and for Douglas to be just as lacking in basic maintenance in 12 months time as it is now.

I genuinely despise everything about all the poxy little councils over here who can’t even manage to keep on top of the simple tasks like keeping railings and lampposts painted so they don’t rust and fall apart.

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2 minutes ago, cissolt said:

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.

What, and possibly be questioned or held accountable for some of her decisions etc?   Perish the thought. 

If local politics in the last week or so has taught us anything (it hasn't, most of us already knew), it's that responsibility and accountability is taboo.

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4 minutes ago, cissolt said:

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.

There is change within the chamber for sure. Just look who we elected chair of the housing committee recently. Dynamics in council are changing. Old vs New Guard and the new kids are starting to win. 

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4 minutes ago, Amadeus said:

There is change within the chamber for sure. Just look who we elected chair of the housing committee recently. Dynamics in council are changing. Old vs New Guard and the new kids are starting to win. 

By new kids you mean the 50 year old unelected baldies?

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7 minutes ago, Amadeus said:

There is change within the chamber for sure. Just look who we elected chair of the housing committee recently. Dynamics in council are changing. Old vs New Guard and the new kids are starting to win. 

I'm as negative on IOM as the next person, but I do have hope. Can you start by digging up the weeds on the prom and doing something with it - this side of TT? Tall order but people need to see change happening, and fact.

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7 minutes ago, Weliveinhope said:

I'm as negative on IOM as the next person, but I do have hope. Can you start by digging up the weeds on the prom and doing something with it - this side of TT? Tall order but people need to see change happening, and fact.

The wild flowers take a while to blossom, hence we weedy look. 

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1 hour ago, HiVibes said:

Douglas is a town, if the people wanted it to be a city then there should have been a popular vote, a bunch of unelectable councillors getting a title from an unelected old woman does not make one jot of difference to me. 

Thanks for coming on and showing it makes no difference to you. I'll sleep well knowing that

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@Weliveinhope I’m not bashing Amadeus for his works in council, it was the wholly unnecessary dig at Peel in his homemade meme that I found irksome. The Mayor did similar in offering her condolences to Peel - unnecessary and pathetic, bit like Douglas being a city.

Wearing shades and diamonds today - city slicker. 

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6 minutes ago, 2bees said:

@Weliveinhope I’m not bashing Amadeus for his works in council, it was the wholly unnecessary dig at Peel in his homemade meme that I found irksome. The Mayor did similar in offering her condolences to Peel - unnecessary and pathetic, bit like Douglas being a city.

Wearing shades and diamonds today - city slicker. 

was more a general 'give him a chance.'

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20 minutes ago, Weliveinhope said:

I'm as negative on IOM as the next person, but I do have hope. Can you start by digging up the weeds on the prom and doing something with it - this side of TT? Tall order but people need to see change happening, and fact.

 

12 minutes ago, Amadeus said:

The wild flowers take a while to blossom, hence we weedy look. 

 

9 minutes ago, Weliveinhope said:

really?!! If thats the case, then turf it, because thats been like that for months and there dont appear to be any flowers!

 

Douglas Borough - sorry, City Council - has missed a trick here, most probably because it would have cost next to nothing to implement. 

The innovative Braddan Commissioners addressed this problem by erecting small 'Bee Conservation Area' placards on such areas of neglected parcels of land around the parish.  Never mind the fact there's no flowers there for bees to pollinate - they can't read the signs, and it's not for their benefit anyway.  

So as not to endanger these roadside verge protected bee habitats, the signage lets people know in a roundabout (roundel?) way why these parcels of land are no longer being maintained.

It's a win win. 

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2 hours ago, Banker said:

Makes national news , none for Channel Islands!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61505857

Probably because no one there was daft enough to apply.

The full list of new cities is rather telling:

• Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands
• Douglas, Isle of Man
• Bangor, Northern Ireland
• Colchester
• Doncaster
• Milton Keynes
• Dunfermline, Scotland
• Wrexham, Wales

We're up there with Milton Keynes folks!  And a collection of prefabs on a rock in the South Atlantic.

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