TravelWatch to hold spring meeting and AGM

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The Isle of Man’s travel watchdog, TravelWatch, will be holding its spring meeting and annual general meeting at the Villa Marina in Douglas on Saturday.

Doors will open at 9.30am for a 10am start. A spokesman said: ‘The main focus in the first part of the morning will be on our ever changing air services with presentations covering: changes effective from end March 2014; TravelWatch advice following the above changes; possible further steps to encourage safeguarding air routes.

‘Also, Ellan Vannin Line’s attempts to set up a rival service to the Steam Packet raised public interest in the User Agreement at a time when it is coming up for possible renegotiation.

‘Following the presentation on that topic at our last public meeting, TravelWatch has sent a briefing paper to the Isle of Man Government and an update will be given on Saturday morning.’

Wind farms will also be on the agenda, with news that the UK Planning Inspectorate will be holding an ‘open-floor’ meeting in the island, at which TravelWatch will give evidence as part of its consideration of the plans for the Walney Extension Wind Farm.

The spokesman continued: ‘It is understood that this may be the first time such a meeting has been held outside UK – but it does indicate the UK Planning Inspectorate’s willingness to listen to Manx views before making its recommendation to the UK Government.’

He added: ‘The TravelWatch online guide for visitors to the island has been revised and the sheets providing travel information to/from the main UK ports and airports serving the island have been updated. Both publications are available’

The public meeting will finish at around 12.30pm and will be followed by the AGM.

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