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Tynwald completes 'civic amenity jigsaw'

More than £1 million is to be spent on a new civic amenity site for the north of the Isle of Man.

Tynwald agreed the money should be used to bring facilities in that part of the Island up to the same level as those other parts of the Island.

It was described by one member as 'the last piece of the jigsaw' which, in difficult economic times, would give people the chance to do more with their waste.

It was also suggested that thousands of miles in travel would be saved by relocating the site from its current temporary home near the Point of Ayre to a new one at Balladoole Farm, in Bride Road, Lezayre.

The idea wasn't without its critics, with Onchan MHK Peter Karran questioning whether the scheme could be afforded in the current economic climate.

He put forward an amendment calling for an explanation about increased staffing costs for the new site, and how it could be self-financing.

He was told that perhaps some Tynwald members didn't understand the difference between capital and revenue spending, which led to confusion for the public as well.

Only Mr Karran, Bill Henderson and Brenda Cannell voted against the motion, which was presented to Tynwald by Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne.


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