Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 24 JUNE 2013 Part 3: The Budget Presentation Debate
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Leon Mitchell said the government seemed to be spending a lot of money on recruiting people for senior posts and when they arrive in the Falklands,
MEETING MONDAY, 24 JUNE 2013
3: The Budget Presentation Debate
A public meeting took place in the
Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 24 June
2013. Present were MLAs Hansen, Edwards
(Chair) Short, Cheek and Elsby.
Leon Mitchell said the government
seemed to be spending a lot of money on recruiting people for senior posts and
when they arrive in the Falklands, they don’t seem to stay long. Barry Elsby agreed saying it was recognised
as a problem and that it had been discussed.
There is no easy answer. He went
on to say that anyone leaving a government post has an exit interview focusing
on why the person took the decision to leave.
Hopefully the answers and future decisions will help solve problems and
decrease the number of recruitments. Jan
Cheek said it was fair to say that a number of people leaving have been
Islanders who moved to different jobs in the private sector. She continued that people don’t always do the
same job for life anymore. There are
opportunities and we should expect people to take them.
Brian Summers said he didn’t see
anything in the budget for the Waterfront Development. Was government looking to progress this or
will funding for it come out of the FIDC budget? Jan Cheek said it was not expected that the
project would be government funded. It
was a plan on which future developments can be based. John Birmingham said this was not the way the
project was presented to the public. He
went on to say that FIDC was very much minded that it was going to be pushed
along by the Development Corporation.
Jan Cheek said that they may well push the scheme along but they were
working with private sector companies and individuals. Gavin Short said that FIDC was actually
co-ordinating one project by funding infrastructure but everything else was
looked on to be private sector. Infrastructure
expenditure would be done by FIG with the road and such like. John Birmingham said he was still confused
because the big plan with the 3 different options – seemed to be a government
project. Jan Cheek said that was never
Government funded. John Birmingham
countered that it was an FIDC project and FIDC get their funding from
Government. Jan Cheek said it was an
FIDC plan but they don’t have the funding for it. She pointed out that to build everything in
that plan would cost millions. Mr
Birmingham invited the Chairman of FIDC to enlighten the general public about
where the project stands at the moment as there was a lot of publicity about
the project at the time. Gavin Short
said this had been put back to FIDC now to actually have a co-ordinating role
in talking to the private sector in getting their take on the project and this
is where things stand at the moment. He
went on to say it could carry on over a number of years and evolve over those
years rather than quickly and radically change.
Roger Spink Pointed out that in
the budget there is money for the Public Jetty upgrade as well as the upgrade
of Ross Road. He also pointed out that
there was money in the budget for the Museum.
These items were part of the Waterfront Plan. Jan Cheek agreed about the road repairs and
the Public Jetty being necessary. The
only new bit was the Museum. The
improvements depended on where the jetty was going to be and Mr Spink said the
Public Jetty wouldn’t have been done if the other scenarios had been
chosen. Jan cheek said that over the
years of this Council several schemes had been looked at with a view to stop
the rot, which initially threatened the Public Jetty’s falling apart.
Ian Hansen said that the end of
the day, when the waterfront is developed FIG will actually play a part in the
development. Tim Miller felt that FIG should
participate in the location and infrastructure of the proposed jetty. He felt the private sector would want to help
develop onshore facilities but the pier-head as the biggest chunk of the
expenditure should be funded by FIG. he
alluded to the air links in saying there wasn’t much point in seeking them if
there wasn’t a place for the cruise
ships to dock.
Roger Edwards reminded him that
Cruise Ship docking was part of the new port as and when it is developed. He couldn’t fathom 2 ports in Stanley. The Waterfront plan did mention expedition