I read with interest the article on page 5 of The Examiner on January 28, in which you describe as a retail development the fish yards in Peel.
Of course, the only retail activity which really takes place is conducted outside the recently constructed, so called, security fence with both kipperers, Devereau and Moore, having shops in Mill Road.
Those inside are engaged in manufacturing, processing and wholesaling.
The main part of the justification for getting approval for the whole project was the establishment of a superstore, which would sell solely Manx produce.
This, however, seems to have disappeared through lack of interest. Not even the minister talks about it any more. Maybe he is too busy with other projects, like slagging off Tesco.
The fence, which can hardly be described as a security fence, does not completely encircle the fish yard. There is a large gap around the south west corner, where Devereau’s and Caley’s yards are located.
The yard is now controlled from ‘the hub’, which is the splendid, and costly, building on your right as you turn off Mill Road.
That is the third reincarnation for that building, or is it the fourth, and they have all been a waste of space.
One thing I would query about Ian Davison’s figures is the cost so far. He quotes £80,000, but surely the figure voted for in Tynwald was £360,000.
Finally, the minister was quoted as saying that this was all to do with meeting British Retail Consortium standards.
The British Retail Consortium does not have any specific requirements about fencing, neither does the word ‘fence’, or anything that could be construed to mean a fence, appear in their clauses relating to food security.
Your headline was ‘Is it a waste of money?’ You were nearly correct. It should have been ‘It is a waste of money!’
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