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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING 15 APRIL 2013 Part 4
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 28.04.2013 (Article Archived on 26.05.2013)

Luis Clifton complained about earwigs and said there were promises to help with the problem but the earwigs still kept infesting gardens and homes.

PUBLIC MEETING 15 APRIL 2013

Part 4

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

A public meeting took place in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 15 April 2013.  Present were MLAs Sawle, Elsby, Halford and Short.  Gavin Short was Chair of the Meeting.

 

Luis Clifton complained about earwigs and said there were promises to help with the problem but the earwigs still kept infesting gardens and homes.  Barry Elsby said a possible solution could be a biological one in that flies had been bred that exclusively fed on earwigs.  This solution was being actively pursued and could be introduced next year.  Earwigs would not be eradicated but reduced significantly.  This would cost £60,000.00.  General opinion was that the appropriate Government Department be identified to oversee the project and pay for it.  We need to be absolutely sure with biological research as no one wants to use chemicals to eradicate (or not) the beasties.

 

Gerald Cheek asked about Landing Day and whether Blue Beach Cemetery would be ready. MLAs thought the Military should be reminded of their responsibility for the Cemetery.  Rev Hines would bring this up at a special planning meeting for the ceremony.  Dick Sawle wants FIG to be responsible for the cemetery.

 

Dick Sawle reminded us that though the cemetery was built by the War Graves’ Commission, they were not responsible for it.

 

Phil Middleton felt that war graves should be looked after using a dedicated local system paid for by FIG.  Dick Sawle said this was the point he was trying to make.  The hang-up is that other MLAs don’t agree with this.  Sharon Halford said though there was no EXCO paper on Cemetery maintenance there was an AOB discussion at EXCO and the outcome was not what was expected.  CBSAI said that if Interserve continued to have responsibility maintenance simply wouldn’t happen.  Barry Elsby said MLAs wanted to be assured that anything put in place would be viable and better than what was in place.  Advertisements for someone who could do the work reliably did not produce anyone.  MLAs wanted to ensure they could have the work done reliably before taking on the responsibility.  At the time the majority were not convinced that there was a better system in place.

 

John Birmingham said that given the amount of time and money that the responsibility would be within the Public Works Department.   Barry Elsby mentioned that PWD are already understaffed.  Dick Sawle said we had a moral obligation to maintain the cemetery.  Marilyn Grimmer, who raised the issue well over a year ago was annoyed that it had taken this long to get regular maintenance for the cemeteries.  Blue Beach Cemetery was one of the easiest to maintain and Mrs Grimmer couldn’t understand what the problem was.

 

Tim Miller wanted to congratulate all who had been overseas touting the Falklands cause.  He wondered how it was that Barry Elsby managed to address the lower house of the Colombian House.  It was a public expression of that government’s recognition of our referendum.

 

Barry Elsby mentioned that MLAs had visited the countries before and knew who to contact.  He felt that South and Central America was slowly and surely coming to recognise the referendum.

 

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