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Ramsey inner harbour marina 16 May 2007

A consultation group has been formed to develop a scheme 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 on Tuesday 8th May 2007, in the Town Hall, Ramsey.

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 £265,000 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 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, the information collected and offer their comments.

The membership of the Ramsey Inner Harbour Harbour Marine Steering Group is:

Department of Transport:

Captain Michael Brew, Director of Harbours – Chairman

Mr Aidan McCusker – Project Manager

Manx Fish Producers Organisation:

Mr Tom Bryan-Brown, Chief Executive

Mr John Skinner

Mr Michael Moore

Manx Sailing and Cruising Club:

Mark Corrin, Commodore

David Edwards

Ramsey Town Commissioners:

Mr Peter Whiteway, Clerk and Chief Executive

Mr Geoff Quayle, Commissioner

Tynwald Members for Ramsey:

Mr Allan Bell, MHK

Mrs Anne Craine, MHK

Booth W Kelly:

Mr Chris Baker, Managing Director

Cemex Island Aggregates:

Mr Mike Shaw, Director/General Manager


Captain Norman Leece, Managing Director

Ramsey Chamber of Trade:

Mr Chris Blatcher, Chairman

Ramsey Steam Ship Company:

Mr Tony Kennish, Managing Director

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

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