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Council leader defends horse tram decision

Sad end to key part Island's heritage says Chief Minister

The leader of Douglas Borough Council has defended the decision to scrap its historic horse tram service.

A special meeting yesterday (Thurs) resulted in an unanimous vote based on mounting financial concerns.

The service has been running at a loss for several years, and in recent years costing ratepayers over £420,000 per year.

But there's been widespread outcry following the news -  two online petitions have already been set up to 'save the horse trams'.

David Christian said the decision was regrettable, but necessary:

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Allan Bell says while it’s a sad end to a key part of the Island’s heritage, he can understand the council’s predicament.


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