TT VISITORS next year could be accommodated in temporary sleeping box accommodation in Noble’s Park, Douglas.
The Department of Economic Development wants to set up a complex of 200 units at the St Ninian’s end of the park in Douglas, sufficient to house 400 people.
Department member Geoff Corkish MHK said: ‘It will be temporary accommodation, a bit like in the days when we had the tented village up at Noble’s Park in years gone by, but this will be more upmarket. They are self-contained rooms a bit like a ship’s container but they can be stacked and they are connected to mains water and electricity – a bit like a studio flat.’
Mr Corkish said the plan was to offer somewhere for people who didn’t want to camp but could not find a hotel.
The units are being offered from the end of this month through Regency Travel in Douglas. Similar accommodation has been used at other events such as the Formula 1 Grands Prix.
The scheme has been agreed in principle but a number of details still need to be finalised.
Mr Corkish said the idea was being pursued and he hoped something would be in place for TT 2012.
‘We are not sure about costings yet but in principle it is a great idea and I think this should provide excellent temporary accommodation for TT visitors,’ he said. ‘Prices will need to be comparable with what is on offer. At present, time is of the essence to get everything sorted out.’
The department is liaising with Douglas Corporation which owns Noble’s Park. The development, although temporary would need planning approval and certain issues, such as parking spaces, would need to be agreed.
Douglas Council’s leisure services committee chairman Councillor Stephen Pitts (St George’s) said the move was backed by the council.
He said: ‘We have agreed it for TT fortnight because of the lack of hotel bed space on the island so we thought this would help. It seems like a very good idea,’ he said.
‘They certainly look nice on the plans I have seen.
‘They are stacked one on top of another with a staircase and balcony running round.’
The units supplied by the firm Snoozebox include key card entry, en suite showers, power points, a safe and many have internet access too. They are also serviced with toiletries and bed linen.
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