First Impressions Count

A recent driving visit to Wales was eye-opening. Whilst the road network is similar in may ways to ours, winding and narrow roads and hilly terrain, the actual roads themselves are superb - excellent surfaces, brilliant centre-line and kerbside marking and this high standard on all the main roads I drove on.

I fully realise that we have sever budgetary constraints.

Imagine this however - you are someone coming to the IOM to consider investing here. You land at Ronaldsway and drive or are driven into Douglas to talk to DED. 

What strikes you immediately as a first impression is that the key 'commercial' road on the Island is in an appalling. rough state of repair except for one or two short stretches. A smart person is starting to think that this place is looking a bit run down. 

Certainly you can take him onto the Mountain Road - but that is just a road through the hills not the main road for business visitors arriving on the Island to get to the capital on.

Why the contribution is important

First impressions count - its too easy to become familiar with, and accepting of, things the way they are rather than things the way they should be.

by dpfellows on April 15, 2017 at 11:56AM

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  • Posted by George April 15, 2017 at 18:23

    True, if you come into the 'city centre' along Circular Road and then onto Lord Street it doesn't paint a good picture for investors either, some of the buildings need a good jet wash (Lord St flats in particular)
  • Posted by Walkerannie April 18, 2017 at 10:59

    I agree wholeheartedly. The shoddy state of the commercial signage by the airport makes me cringe every time I drive past- and has done for years. Likewise the signage at the still undeveloped site on Douglas Prom. Companies should be fined for lack of maintenance, just as householders are for failing to keep their properties tidy.
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