PORT ERIN. Finish what the entrepeneurial Victorians started.

The rebuilding of the breakwater in Port Erin would be the most worthwhile piece of infrastructure since our Victorian entrepreneurs laid down the foundations of our Island life that we appreciate today.

A new berthing facility complete with a vehicle ramp that has no user agreement restrictions would create permanent employment and generate a serious amount of revenue for the Island for many many years to come.

With such a facility in place the Irish would quickly appreciate that a business opportunity had been created.

Think of, say an initial once a week reliable outward bound and homeward bound service by an independent modern Irish sea ferry unfettered by the debt that we are indirectly paying for under our current situation.

Think of the benefits and the safeguard this would give us.

Think of the exchange of manufactured goods, building materials, foodstuffs etc..

Think of the two way exchange of  the Irish and Manx relatives and without doubt a considerable influx of visitors.

Think huge increase in numbers for the TT and other sporting events.

Think of a safe anchorage for visiting yachts with the later development of a true marina that doesn't require dredging.

Think of berthing for the much vaunted cruise liners.

Personally I feel that the use of the economic development fund would be more beneficial to the Island than the promotion of new and possibly uncertain businesses by DED when there is a clear labour shortage and the concern of a decreasing population.            

Finally think positive for the future of our Island.

Why the contribution is important

Quite simply the Island's future could assured with this development.

by Fairforall on April 20, 2017 at 12:24PM

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  • Posted by xt512 April 20, 2017 at 16:59

    Sorry can not see how this will save the government money
  • Posted by Fairforall April 20, 2017 at 17:52

    You have clearly not appreciated that the "save programme" also encompasses a box devoted to ideas for "financial generation".
    I feel that we are at a point in time when we have to look outside the stifling silo we are in and seek to create new areas of income.
    We have seen many millions wasted over the past twenty years on a variety of vanity projects that have not created any wealth at all, furthermore a number of these schemes are leaving an ever increasing annual financial burden for generations to come.
    Think the "Iris scheme", think electricity, and think of millions spent on the airport to what gain!,
    Do you have you any ideas to enhance the Islands income. xt512?
    Please consider the potential of my suggestion for the future.
    Yes it is going to cost a lot of money but as the Victorians showed you have to speculate to accumulate.
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 20, 2017 at 22:48

    It's about saving money, not spending public money.

    If it's a good idea that is financially viable then let it be done as a 100% private development.
  • Posted by xt512 April 21, 2017 at 18:45

    Presently there is a project that the crackpots at the economic development are considering of a floating breakwater for a cruise liner facility off Douglas head. The costs of these marine developments are huge and I do not see the financial returns being compensate. Douglas can accommodate vessels up to 160m and if some works were undertook at the inner end of North Victoria possibly this could be made to accept marginally larger vessels.
    Port Erin could provide facilities for larger craft but it would take huge resources and this is not the most sheltered location on the island. The testament to this is the failed breakwater itself which lasted a short period.
  • Posted by Benagglagh May 01, 2017 at 23:22

    Better to spend money on restoring an existing structure, ie the Queen's Pier in Ramsey. Port Erin is a family oriented, bucket and spade type place and Ramsey isn't!
  • Posted by xt512 May 07, 2017 at 05:06

    The Queens Pier and use it for what? a stroll in the evening that will bring in savings. The government removed the berthing head some years ago and the depth of water there is limited for large craft. Would take a great deal of money to bring it to a useful marine structure.
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