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Efforts to improve 'shabby' capital

Council leader defends authority's role in refurbishing Douglas

The leader of Douglas Council says a concerted effort is needed to ensure visitors to the Island have a good impression of the capital.

David Christian has added his voice to the debate over the look of Douglas - after departing TT visitors described it as run-down and shabby.

Douglas Council has spent £2 million upgrading parts of the town, including Strand Street and North Quay. 

But Councillor Christian says there are still too many empty, weed-strewn sites, pot-holed roads and buildings falling into disrepair.

He says decaying infrastructure is one of the main problems:  

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