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Councillors discuss TT Bottleneck options

Expressions of interest invited to run site

Councillors in Douglas have had a lengthy debate on what should be done with the Bottleneck Car Park during the TT fortnight.

Expressions of interest are being sought by the authority to see how the site could be used as an entertainment venue.

It used to be the home of Bushy's Beer Tent which moved, to the Villa Marina Gardens, after losing the contract in 2017.

Derby Ward member Andrew Bentley says that's impacted other businesses in the town.

A number of ideas were suggested during this month's council meeting including using the car park for go-karting, a pop-up market or as another beer tent.

The site has become vacant after the Hooded Ram pulled out of its five-year contract to operate there.

A number of councillors voiced their disappointment that the Bottleneck would not be kept as a car park for the two weeks.

However Chair of the Environmental Services Committee Ritchie McNicholl said no decision had been made as to how the site would be used.

Douglas Borough Councillor Andrew Bentley spoke to Local Democracy Reporter Chris Cave:

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