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Commissioner’s Misleading Statement condemned by Department 29 September 2005

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment has reacted to a statement made by the Chairman of Braddan Parish Commissioners in a recent radio interview regarding his estimate of the likely cost of the forthcoming Public Inquiry the Department has commissioned under the Chairmanship of Mr Roger Rawcliffe.

    In the interview, Chairman of the Commissioners, Gary Beattie, stated “we’re going to be talking £300,000” for the Inquiry. However, the Department has condemned such a statement as being irresponsible and has described Mr Beattie’s estimate as being “wildly inaccurate.” The Department is concerned that such a public statement could mislead and cause unnecessary alarm to the ratepayers of Braddan and the public generally.

    The Department’s Chief Executive, Antony Hamilton, has written on its behalf to the Commissioners’ advocate about the Department’s concern on hearing the statement and states in his letter that the Department believes the cost is likely to be much more modest, probably in the low tens of thousands of pounds.

    The Commissioners also invited the Minister for Local Government and the Environment, John Rimington MHK, to attend at the Commissioners Offices between 10am and 4pm this coming Saturday 1st October 2005 to answer questions or queries from ratepayers regarding the reasons for the forthcoming Public Inquiry. However, in his letter, Mr Hamilton states that the Department has decided it would be quite inappropriate for the Minster to accept the invitation in view of the fact that the Department has decided to have a Public Inquiry and has appointed a suitable person to conduct the same. That being the case, he confirms that the Department will be making a submission to Mr Rawcliffe which will explain the reasons for its decision to have an Inquiry and that this will be a matter of public record.

    29th September 2005

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