Press Release – Pro-Link discuss Wightlink issues and Solent LEP Questionnaire

For immediate release

Newport, Isle of Wight 31st July 2015 – Pro-Link Campaign Association urges Isle of Wight businesses to review the questionnaire around a Transport Investment Plan for the region, issued by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (SLEP) and available to be completed until 14th August 2015.

The SLEP is a body central to the devolved government agenda being pursued by Central Government. It is responsible for deciding infrastructure investment priorities for the Solent area, including the Isle of Wight and is developing a Transport Investment Plan to make the case to inform future funding investments aimed at improving connectivity in the Solent

The publication of the questionnaire is particularly timely in light of another collapse of critical equipment on the Wightlink Portsmouth – Fishbourne route. The collapse of the linkspan at the Portsmouth terminal comes just after the anniversary of the mezzanine deck on the St Helen on 19th July 2014.

Pro-Link Chairman, Carl Feeney stated ‘this latest debacle could not come at a worse time. At the peak holiday season Isle of Wight tourism businesses need absolutely reliable connectivity options to ensure trade is able to flow into the Isle of Wight. Wightlink have once again proven that the ferry companies are unable to provide that reliable link. A cross-Solent fixed link would provide that link and eliminate the traffic chaos happening in Portsmouth city centre and Wootton and Binstead today. Island businesses need to get behind this survey to ensure that the needs of the Isle of Wight are not overlooked in favour of the more affluent areas of the region.”

The survey can be completed at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SolentLEP

Pro-Link urge Island businesses to make it clear that a fixed link has to be an infrastructure priority for government spending.

Mr Feeney concludes “the last National Infrastructure Plan, issued in December 2014 did not include a single mention of the Isle of Wight. Island businesses need to use this golden opportunity to push the subject of a cross-Solent fixed link to the top of the infrastructure agenda for the Solent region, as soon as possible.”

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The UK Government National Infrastructure Plan can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-infrastructure-plan-2014

More information about the SLEP can be found at:

http://solentlep.org.uk/

Photo courtesy of Steve Wright

About Pro-Link Campaign Association

Pro-Link was formed in March 2015, with the object of campaigning for a fixed link across the Solent. It has a voluntary management committee of six Island residents who are helping secure a brighter, more connected future for the Isle of Wight.

Pro-Link Campaign Association Constitution

 

CONSTITUTION

 

of

 

Pro-Link

 

(adopted on 18th March 2015)

 

 

CONTENTS
GENERAL name, objects, powers, general structure clauses 1-4
MEMBERS qualifications, application, subscription, register, withdrawal, expulsion clauses 5-13 
GENERAL MEETINGS (meetings of members) general, notice, procedure clauses 14-27
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE maximum number,   eligibility, election/ retiral/re-election, termination of office, register, office bearers, powers, personal interests clauses 28-45 
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS procedure clauses 46-54
ADMINISTRATION committees, operation of bank accounts etc., minutes, accounting records and annual accounts, notices clauses 55-63 
MISCELLANEOUS dissolution, alterations to the constitution, interpretation, initial management committee members clauses 64-70 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

  1. The name of the association is “Pro-Link”.

Objects

  1. The association’s objects are:

(a)      To campaign for a road-based fixed link from the Isle of Wight (IW) to the UK Mainland, with an option to include a light railway/tram line function.

(b)      To ensure fair charges and terms of use are provided in any FL Operating Contract

Powers

  1. In pursuance of the objects set out in clause 2 (but not otherwise), the association shall have the following powers:-

(a)      To use all forms of communication to promote plans for and the benefits of a fixed link to the IW, including internet and social media which will be its main form of communication.

(b)      To carry on any other activities which further any of the above objects.

(c)      To purchase, take on lease, hire, or otherwise acquire, any property or rights which are suitable for the association’s activities.

(d)      To improve, manage, develop, or otherwise deal with, all or any part of the property and rights of the association.

(e)      To sell, let, hire out, license, or otherwise dispose of, all or any part of the property and rights of the association.

(f)       To borrow money, and to give security in support of any such borrowings by the association.

(g)      To employ such staff as are considered appropriate for the proper conduct of the association’s activities, and to make reasonable provision for the payment of pension and/or other benefits for members of staff, ex-members of staff and their dependants.

(h)      To engage such consultants and advisers as are considered appropriate from time to time.

(i)       To effect insurance of all kinds (which may include officers’ liability insurance).

(j)       To invest any funds which are not immediately required for the association’s activities in such investments as may be considered appropriate (and to dispose of, and vary, such investments).

(k)      To liaise with other voluntary sector bodies, local authorities, UK or Scottish government departments and agencies, and other bodies, all with a view to furthering the association’s objects.

(l)       To establish and/or support any other charity, and to make donations for any charitable purpose falling within the association’s objects.

(m)     To form any company which is a charity with similar objects to those of the association, and, if considered appropriate, to transfer to any such company (without any payment being required from the company) the whole or any part of the association’s assets and undertaking.

(n)      To take such steps as may be deemed appropriate for the purpose of raising funds for the association’s activities.

(o)      To accept grants, donations and legacies of all kinds (and to accept any reasonable conditions attaching to them).

(p)      To do anything which may be incidental or conducive to the furtherance of any of the association’s objects.

General structure

  1. The structure of the association shall consist of:-

(a)      the MEMBERS – who have the right to attend the annual general meeting (and any special general meeting) and have important powers under the constitution; in particular, the members elect people to serve on the management committee and take decisions in relation to changes to the constitution itself

(b)      the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE – who hold regular meetings during the period between annual general meetings, and generally control and supervise the activities of the association; in particular, the management committee is responsible for monitoring the financial position of the association.

Qualifications for membership

  1. Membership shall be open to all.
  2. An employee of the association shall not be eligible for membership; a person who becomes an employee of the association after admission to membership shall automatically cease to be a member.

Application for membership

  1. Any person who wishes to become a member must sign, and lodge with the association, a written application for membership.
  2. The management committee may, at its discretion, refuse to admit any person to membership.
  3. The management committee shall consider each application for membership at the first management committee meeting which is held after receipt of the application; the management committee shall, within a reasonable time after the meeting, notify the applicant of its decision on the application.

Membership subscription

  1. A membership subscription of £5 shall be payable.

Register of members

  1. The management committee shall maintain a register of members, setting out the full name and address of each member, the date on which s/he was admitted to membership, and the date on which any person ceased to be a member.

Withdrawal from membership

  1. Any person who wishes to withdraw from membership shall sign, and lodge with the association, a written notice to that effect; on receipt of the notice by the association, s/he shall cease to be a member.

Expulsion from membership

  1. Any person may be expelled from membership by way of a resolution passed by majority vote at a general meeting (meeting of members), providing the following procedures have been observed:-

(a)      at least 21 days’ notice of the intention to propose the resolution must be given to the member concerned, specifying the grounds for the proposed expulsion

(b)      the member concerned shall be entitled to be heard on the resolution at the general meeting at which the resolution is proposed.

General meetings (meetings of members)

  1. The management committee shall convene an annual general meeting in each year (but excluding the year in which the association is formed); not more than 15 months shall elapse between one annual general meeting and the next.
  2. The business of each annual general meeting shall include:-

(a)      a report by the chair on the activities of the association

(b)      consideration of the annual accounts of the association

(c)      the election/re-election of members of the management committee, as referred to in clause 30.

  1. The management committee may convene a special general meeting at any time.

Notice of general meetings

  1. At least 14 clear days’ notice must be given (in accordance with clause 63) of any annual general meeting or special general meeting; the notice must indicate the general nature of any business to be dealt with at the meeting and, in the case of a resolution to alter the constitution, must set out the terms of the proposed alteration.
  2. The reference to “clear days” in clause 17 shall be taken to mean that, in calculating the period of notice, the day after the notice is posted, and also the day of the meeting, should be excluded.
  3. Notice of every general meeting shall be given (in accordance with clause 63) to all the members of the association, and to all the members of the management committee.

Procedure at general meetings

  1. No business shall be dealt with at any general meeting unless a quorum is present; the quorum for a general meeting shall be four members, present in person.
  2. If a quorum is not present within 15 minutes after the time at which a general meeting was due to commence – or if, during a meeting, a quorum ceases to be present – the meeting shall stand adjourned to such time and place as may be fixed by the chairperson of the meeting.
  3. The chair of the association shall (if present and willing to act as chairperson) preside as chairperson of each general meeting; if the chair is not present and willing to act as chairperson within 15 minutes after the time at which the meeting was due to commence, the members of the management committee present at the meeting shall elect from among themselves the person who will act as chairperson of that meeting.
  4. The chairperson of a general meeting may, with the consent of the meeting, adjourn the meeting to such time and place as the chairperson may determine.
  5. Every member shall have one vote, which (whether on a show of hands or on a secret ballot) must be given personally.
  6. If there is an equal number of votes for and against any resolution, the chairperson of the meeting shall be entitled to a casting vote.
  7. A resolution put to the vote at a general meeting shall be decided on a show of hands unless a secret ballot is demanded by the chairperson (or by at least two members present in person at the meeting); a secret ballot may be demanded either before the show of hands takes place, or immediately after the result of the show of hands is declared.
  8. If a secret ballot is demanded, it shall be taken at the meeting and shall be conducted in such a manner as the chairperson may direct; the result of the ballot shall be declared at the meeting at which the ballot was demanded.

Maximum number of management committee members

  1. The maximum number of members of the management committee shall be six.

Eligibility

  1. A person shall not be eligible for election/appointment to the management committee unless he/she is a member of the association.

Election, retiral, re-election

  1. At each annual general meeting, the members may (subject to clause 28) elect any member to be a member of the management committee.
  2. The management committee may at any time appoint any member to be a member of the management committee (subject to clause 28).
  3. At each annual general meeting, all of the members of the management committee shall retire from office – but shall then be eligible for re-election.

Termination of office

  1. A member of the management committee shall automatically vacate office if:-

(a)      he/she becomes debarred under any statutory provision from being a charity trustee

(b)      he/she becomes incapable for medical reasons of fulfilling the duties of his/her office and such incapacity is expected to continue for a period of more than six months

(c)      he/she ceases to be a member of the association

(d)      he/she becomes an employee of the association

(e)      he/she resigns office by notice to the association

(f)       he/she is absent (without permission of the management committee) from more than three consecutive meetings of the management committee, and the management committee resolve to remove him/her from office.

Register of management committee members

  1. The management committee shall maintain a register of management committee members, setting out the full name and address of each member of the management committee, the date on which each such person became a management committee member, and the date on which any person ceased to hold office as a management committee member.

Officebearers

  1. The management committee members shall elect from among themselves a chair, a treasurer and a secretary, and such other office bearers (if any) as they consider appropriate.
  2. All of the office bearers shall cease to hold office at the conclusion of each annual general meeting, but shall then be eligible for re-election.
  3. A person elected to any office shall cease to hold that office if he/she ceases to be a member of the management committee or if he/she resigns from that office by written notice to that effect.

Powers of management committee

  1. Except as otherwise provided in this constitution, the association and its assets and undertaking shall be managed by the management committee, who may exercise all the powers of the association.
  2. A meeting of the management committee at which a quorum is present may exercise all powers exercisable by the management committee.

Personal interests

  1. A member of the management committee who has a personal interest in any transaction or other arrangement which the association is proposing to enter into, must declare that interest at a meeting of the management committee; he/she will be debarred (in terms of clause 52) from voting on the question of whether or not the association should enter into that arrangement.
  2. For the purposes of clause 40, a person shall be deemed to have a personal interest in an arrangement if any partner or other close relative of his/hers or any firm of which he/she is a partner or any limited company of which he/she is a substantial shareholder or director, has a personal interest in that arrangement.
  3. Provided

(a) he/she has declared his/her interest

(b) he/she has not voted on the question of whether or not the association should enter into the relevant arrangement and

(c) the requirements of clause 44 are complied with,

a member of the management committee will not be debarred from entering into an arrangement with the association in which he/she has a personal interest (or is deemed to have a personal interest under clause 41) and may retain any personal benefit which he/she gains from his/her participation in that arrangement.

  1. No member of the management committee may serve as an employee (full time or part time) of the association, and no member of the management committee may be given any remuneration by the association for carrying out his/her duties as a member of the management committee.
  2. Where a management committee member provides services to the association or might benefit from any remuneration paid to a connected party for such services, then

(a)      the maximum amount of the remuneration must be specified in a written agreement and must be reasonable

(b)      the management committee members must be satisfied that it would be in the interests of the association to enter into the arrangement (taking account of that maximum amount)

(c)      less than half of the management committee members must be receiving remuneration from the association (or benefit from remuneration of that nature).

 

  1. The members of the management committee may be paid all travelling and other expenses reasonably incurred by them in connection with their attendance at meetings of the management committee, general meetings, or meetings of committees, or otherwise in connection with the carrying-out of their duties.

Procedure at management committee meetings

  1. Any member of the management committee may call a meeting of the management committee or request the secretary to call a meeting of the management committee.
  2. Questions arising at a meeting of the management committee shall be decided by a majority of votes; if an equality of votes arises, the chairperson of the meeting shall have a casting vote.
  3. No business shall be dealt with at a meeting of the management committee unless a quorum is present; the quorum for meetings of the management committee shall be four.
  4. If at any time the number of management committee members in office falls below the number fixed as the quorum, the remaining management committee member(s) may act only for the purpose of filling vacancies or of calling a general meeting.
  5. Unless he/she is unwilling to do so, the chair of the association shall preside as chairperson at every management committee meeting at which he/she is present; if the chair is unwilling to act as chairperson or is not present within 15 minutes after the time when the meeting was due to commence, the management committee members present shall elect from among themselves the person who will act as chairperson of the meeting.
  6. The management committee may, at its discretion, allow any person who they reasonably consider appropriate, to attend and speak at any meeting of the management committee; for the avoidance of doubt, any such person who is invited to attend a management committee meeting shall not be entitled to vote.
  7. A management committee member shall not vote at a management committee meeting (or at a meeting of a committee) on any resolution concerning a matter in which he/she has a personal interest which conflicts (or may conflict) with the interests of the association; he/she must withdraw from the meeting while an item of that nature is being dealt with.
  8. For the purposes of clause 52, a person shall be deemed to have a personal interest in a particular matter if any partner or other close relative of his/hers or any firm of which he/she is a partner or any limited company of which he/she is a substantial shareholder or director, has a personal interest in that matter.

Conduct of members of the management committee

  1. Each of the members of the management committee shall, in exercising his/her functions as a member of the management committee of the association, act in the interests of the association; and, in particular, must

(a)      seek, in good faith, to ensure that the association acts in a manner which is in accordance with its objects (as set out in this constitution)

(b)      act with the care and diligence which it is reasonable to expect of a person who is managing the affairs of another person

(c)      in circumstances giving rise to the possibility of a conflict of interest of interest between the association and any other party

(i)       put the interests of the association before that of the other party, in taking decisions as a member of the management committee

(ii)       where any other duty prevents him/her from doing so, disclose the conflicting interest to the association and refrain from participating in any discussions or decisions involving the other members of the management committee with regard to the matter in question

Delegation to sub-committees

  1. The management committee may delegate any of their powers to any sub-committee consisting of one or more management committee members and such other persons (if any) as the management committee may determine; they may also delegate to the chair of the association (or the holder of any other post) such of their powers as they may consider appropriate.
  2. Any delegation of powers under clause 55 may be made subject to such conditions as the management committee may impose and may be revoked or altered.
  3. The rules of procedure for any sub-committee shall be as prescribed by the management committee.

Operation of accounts and holding of property

  1. The signatures of two out of three signatories appointed by the management committee shall be required in relation to all operations (other than lodgement of funds) on the bank and building society accounts held by the association; at least one out of the two signatures must be the signature of a member of the management committee.
  2. The title to all property (including any land or buildings, the tenant’s interest under any lease and (so far as appropriate) any investments) shall be held either in the names of the chair, treasurer and secretary of the association (and their successors in office) or in name of a nominee company holding such property in trust for the association; any person or body in whose name the association’s property is held shall act in accordance with the directions issued from time to time by the management committee.

Minutes

  1. The management committee shall ensure that minutes are made of all proceedings at general meetings, management committee meetings and meetings of committees; a minute of any meeting shall include the names of those present, and (as far as possible) shall be signed by the chairperson of the meeting.

Accounting records and annual accounts

  1. The management committee shall ensure that proper accounting records are maintained in accordance with all applicable statutory requirements.
  2. The management committee shall prepare annual accounts, complying with all relevant statutory requirements; if an audit is required under any statutory provisions or if they otherwise think fit, they shall ensure that an audit of such accounts is carried out by a qualified auditor.

Notices

  1. Any notice which requires to be given to a member under this constitution shall be in writing; such a notice may either be given personally to the member or be sent by post in a pre-paid envelope addressed to the member at the address last intimated by him/her to the association.

Dissolution

 

  1. If the management committee determines that it is necessary or appropriate that the association be dissolved, it shall convene a meeting of the members; not less than 21 days’ notice of the meeting (stating the terms of the proposed resolution) shall be given.
  2. If a proposal by the management committee to dissolve the association is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at the general meeting convened under clause 64, the management committee shall have power to dispose of any assets held by or on behalf of the association – and any assets remaining after satisfaction of the debts and liabilities of the association shall be transferred to some other charity or charities having objects similar to those of the association; the identity of the body or bodies to which such assets are transferred shall be determined by the members of the association at, or prior to, the time of dissolution.
  3. For the avoidance of doubt, no part of the income or property of the association shall (otherwise than in pursuance of the association’s charitable purposes) be paid or transferred (directly or indirectly) to the members, either in the course of the association’s existence or on dissolution.

Alterations to the constitution

  1. Subject to clause 68, the constitution may be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of those present and voting at a general meeting, providing due notice of the meeting, and of the resolution, is given in accordance with clauses 17, 18 and 19.
  2. No amendment to clauses 3, 43, 65 or 66 of the constitution may be made if the effect would be that the association would cease to be a charity.

Interpretation

  1. For the purposes of this constitution,

(a)      the expression “charity” shall mean a body which is either a “charity” within the meaning of section 1 of the Charities Act 2011 or a “charity” within the meaning of section 96 of the Charities Act 1993

(b)      the expression “charitable purpose” shall mean a charitable purpose under section 2 of the Charities Act 2011 which is also regarded as a charitable purpose in relation to the application of the Taxes Acts;

  1. Any reference in this constitution to a provision of any legislation shall include any statutory modification or re-enactment of that provision in force from time to time.

 

Initial members of the management committee

  1. The initial members of the management committee, and the positions held by each, shall be as set out below.

 

This constitution was adopted on [                                         ]

 

Signature Name Address Position

 

 

Pro-Link confirm visit by global tunnelling experts

Newport, Isle of Wight 23rd April 2015 – Pro-Link Campaign Association is pleased to confirm a visit by representatives of the Dutch business Tunnel Engineering Consultants (TEC). World renowned experts confirmed again that a fixed link across the Solent is technically feasible. Timescales and likely costs for such a project were also confirmed.

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1998 Fixed Link Feasibility Study released to public 25-03-2015

For immediate release

Newport, Isle of Wight 25th March 2015 – Pro-Link Campaign Association is pleased to announce that after three months of work the 1998 Fixed Link Feasibility Study is now available copyright-free for anyone to download at:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ifz63tfga1xwtpc/1998FeasibilityStudySLR.pdf?dl=0

The study was completed by a private company, which was partly funded by public money: Wight Training and Enterprise Limited. When this company was dissolved in 2005, the rights to the study transferred to The Crown. When this happens, the Crown is then entitled to either charge to release the copyright of items such as this, or disclaim their interest, making the document copyright-free and available for public release.

The letter disclaiming their interest can be viewed at:

http://solentfixedlink.net/TreasurySolicitorsOfficeLetter.pdf

In 1998, this comprehensive preliminary study cost £100,000. Wight Training and Enterprise never made it available to the public, but thankfully a copy was entered into the IW Council Record Office. 17 years later, after reviewing the document, Pro-Link has now managed to secure this release, so the carefully researched information can contribute to a better-informed, objective debate, to understand the opportunities and complex implications of a fixed link across the Solent.

Naturally, the data in this report is now 17 years old, so doesn’t model the impact of the 20% above inflation prices rises in ferry fares since 1998, or changes in construction costs, techniques and the impact of advances in technology.

A new report must be commissioned to consider the current circumstances, which is the next step in unlocking the benefits of a fixed link across the Solent for residents, businesses and visitors to the Isle of Wight.

The study is NOW available to review in its entirety on solentfixedlink.net

Web: http://solentfixedlink.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/iowfixedlink/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProLinkIOW

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Pro-Link Campaign Association Formed 18-03-2015

For immediate release

Newport, Isle of Wight – Pro-Link Campaign Association is pleased to confirm the formation of a not-for-profit association on 18th March 2015. The association has been formed according to best practice processes, to raise funds with two objectives:

  • To campaign for a road-based fixed link from the Isle of Wight to the UK Mainland, with an option to include a light railway/tram line function.
  • To ensure fair charges and terms of use are provided in any FL Operating Contract

A bank account and PayPal account have been set up so donations can be accepted. The details of these are:

Barclays Bank, St James Square, Newport
Sort Code 20-60-55
Account 73023761

PayPal address for donations is donations@solentfixedlink.net

The members of the group will continue the work of campaigning, further invigorated by the formation of this new official body to help us gain the most effective voice. The work done so far has helped many people to understand the benefits a fixed link could bring to the Isle of Wight.

An example of just one benefit is ensuring the Isle of Wight workforce has greater choice leading to wages similar to those on the other side of the Solent. This alone could deliver up to an additional £640 million per year benefit to the Isle of Wight economy.

We have also been working to secure the public release of the comprehensive 1998 feasibility study. This was completed by Isle of Wight Training and Enterprise Council. A copy is held at the County Record Office. It contains much useful information that is still valid and can help drive the discussion forward in an objective and well-informed manner.

The committee members of the association are:
Carl Feeney – Chair
Chris Dodd – Secretary
Thomas Cowley – Treasurer
Linda Bassett
Rob Forrest
Kevin Price

Web: http://solentfixedlink.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/iowfixedlink/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProLinkIOW

Contact
Thomas Cowley  thomascowley@solentfixedlink.net
Carl Feeney  carlfeeney@solentfixedlink.net

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Top Reasons for a Fixed Link

  1. Fast, reliable and efficient transport to and from the mainland, at all times.
  2. Island school and hospital performance should improve as staff find working on the Island more acceptable, knowing their mainland life is still accessible.
  3. Traffic congestion would diminish or at least remain stable, mainland visitors will be able to arrive and leave at will, with a likely boost in day-visitors as tourists, for business or to visit friends or relatives. There will be a fluidity of movement, with no ferry “bottlenecks”.  Island residents will be more likely to commute to better paid jobs on the mainland freely by car, or bus. The island will be a peninsular; we will not be a through-road where traffic is trying to get from A to B through the Isle of Wight.
  4. Tourism promotion could be used more effectively for the island destination, rather than the transport to get to it. The island should prosper through improved tourism receipts and growing businesses due to reduced travel costs and ease of access.
  5. A fixed link would not be prone to closure, or significant delays due to adverse weather conditions, fog, engine failures, staff sickness or fuel price increases.
  6. A fixed link is the cheaper option in the long-run. Money is better invested now in a project to ensure a prosperous future for the Isle of Wight and not for the benefit of ferry company shareholders. Tax payer support for the privately owned ferry companies for new terminals, etc, saps financial resources which could be better spent on a permanent fixed link solution.
  7. East Cowes and Fishbourne will be able to regenerate their towns without having to deal with the problems of sporadic ferry traffic.
  8. Crime on the Isle of Wight should decrease. It has been established that criminal elements wish to stay on their own “patch” with familiar people, area and location. A more prosperous environment will reduce crime caused through poverty or boredom. ANPR systems on a link will record individual vehicular travel activity including driver recognition through CCTV, dissuading exit/entry of criminal intent.
  9. Young, aspirational people will have better opportunities on the island to tap into new business and tourist investment without feeling “trapped”. At present the average island wage is £18k, the South mainland (4 miles away) it’s £25k. A young family of 4 with one earner pays perhaps £600pm rent, £300 pm bills including Council Tax, £500pm food, £100 vehicle costs = £18k. Where is the money for these people to travel to the mainland? They earn 25% less wages for the equivalent vocation but have more expenses here. They are trapped at the moment. With better prospects for family incomes, the high demographic age of the population would move back closer to the national average.
  10. Key requirements for a successful business are good communication and fast transport links. Without these, to compete effectively will be difficult. At present a commercial vehicle from the island takes a minimum 3 hrs round trip extra journey time, plus the booking and expense of fare over and above mainland competitors, because of ferry travel. During that 3 hours a mainland competitor will have carried out more business, more cheaply. It is impossible to compete without a fixed link. The time saved will be crucial to make Island businesses more competitive and successful.

What benefits or risks can you see from a fixed link?

Information about Red Squirrels

Lets talk about the Red Squirrel for a moment…

This article was contributed by Chris Van Wyk.

I was left musing on how this is probably the single easiest topic on which the general public could be mislead through misrepresentation of facts and general scaremongering into voting no were a referendum to happen.

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East Cowes to Lee-on-the-Solent link costs

This proposed route runs from East Cowes to Lee-on-the-Solent.  It requires approximately 1km of new road on the IOW, 3km of tunnel from East Cowes, 3km of bridge from Meon Road and 4km of carriageway improvements to the A27 roundabout at the top of St Margaret’s Lane.

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A Summary of the 1998 Feasibility Study

The 1998 feasibility study was commissioned by Wight Training and Enterprise (WTE) and Linkland Ltd.  WTE was one of a number of Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) around the UK, which were established in the early 1990s to administer youth training and Modern Apprenticeships.  WTE also promoted training and business enterprise with local organisations.

Read the full study here.

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