Progress Report - 31/10/10
How The Work Is Actually Progressing
On 6th October FQPR Chairman
was invited by Minister Phil Gawne to a short
briefing on how "de Minimus" was progressing and
to discuss the timetable for Stabilisation &
Protection of the Pier.
Minister Gawne stated he fully
understood our concerns about 'slippage' and was
himself aware of such things. He does keep an
eye on such matters and whilst some slippage may
be inevitable the instances will be few and far
between. In his words "we are too far down the
line to stop now and subject to Planning consent
and funding the work will proceed in 2011."
Briefly it seems most projects
are 'staged' with ten stages. We were at Stage 3
with preliminary sketches being due on 30th
September. (this on 6th October????)
First two stages were
BWB are appointed consultant
engineers, Dalrymples and Holmes Grace
partnership are also involved in some capacity.
Stage 4 is detailed design
with Planning application due to be submitted by
Stage 5. is Quantities and
Materials assessment etc.
Stage 6 is to put the matter
out to tender for the engineering work prior to
requesting cash from Tynwald. (Feb/March 2011)
Stage 7. Construction.
Scheduled to start in spring of 2011.
He was confident that we should have got de
minimus out of the way before the end of 2011
and expressed a willingness to keep Friends
fully informed at regular intervals.
At the time of writing (30th
October) Registered Building Consent is in
course of being applied for next week so this
more or less gells with Stage 4 in the timetable
above. At a planning meeting we were also
advised by Consultants that everything is on
track for work to commence at the time of the
Equinoctal Spring tides in early April 2011.
I have to say it is so
refreshing to be able to write in this positive
vein after so many years of head banging