Fishing licences for sale on website only

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Most fishing licences will be available online only in future rather than at post office counters.

In the House of Keys, Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne blamed in part errors made by Isle of Man Post.

He was replying to a question from John Houghton (Douglas North) who has been campaigning for services to be retained by sub-post offices.

Mr Gawne told the Keys that while reservoir concessionary season licences will be on sale at post offices this season, all other types of freshwater fishing licences will be available on only.

He said the change had been introduced to ‘achieve substantial savings in terms of administration costs and staff time’. The estimated loss of income to the Post Office will be just £1,295

Mr Houghton said the Minister should be ‘ashamed of himself’ for such an ‘arbitrary’ decision which he said would put visitors and children at ‘extreme disadvantage’. He called for the Post Office to take over the whole of the administration of the fishing licences.

But Mr Gawne said the losses to his department of continuing the service was in the region of £10,000. He said errors by the Post Office was one of the reasons for the change. It’s understood these were clerical errors and delays in getting information from branch post offices.

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