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Isle Of Man Seeks To Improve Marina Facilities

by Jason Gorringe,, London

18 May 2007

It was announced on Wednesday that a consultation group has been formed to develop a plan that could improve harbour facilities in Ramsey with the development of an impounded water scheme and marina.

The inaugural meeting of the group, hosted by the Department of Transport, took place earlier in the month.

The group includes a wide spectrum of harbour users and community representatives, and will act as a steering group to assist the Department in assessing what opportunities exist. The first phase of work will be to consider the options for the siting of the impounding structure and marina.

Group members will meet at approximately two-monthly intervals to ensure that they remain well briefed and have their views sought regularly. The group will also ensure that the wider community is aware of the development of the scheme.

In the current financial year, the Department has GBP265,000 available through Government’s Capital Programme for this scheme. This money will be used to acquire the necessary environmental, geotechnical and design information that will inform consideration of the various options by the Department and consultation group.

The current target is to complete consideration of the options and decide on a preferred option by 31st March 2008.

Before moving on to develop a detailed design for the preferred option, the Department has stated that it is committed to wide public consultation. At appropriate stages through the development process, the public will be given the opportunity to view the various options and the information collected, and to offer their comments.

The next meeting of the consultation group is scheduled for late June. Additional organisations will be invited to attend as members as deemed appropriate. Also, organisations and individuals may be invited on an ad hoc basis to address particular issues as necessary.

This follows the recent announcement by the Department of Transport that it is seeking Tynwald's approval for a GBP500,000 scheme to design and build a cruise ship tender pontoon berth in Douglas Harbour.

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