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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 19 AUGUST 2013
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 24.08.2013 (Article Archived on 21.09.2013)

A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 19 August 2013. Present were MLAs Edwards, Sawle, Hansen (Chair), Halford and Short.



In part 3 other members of the public had a say about various subjects.




A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 19 August 2013. Present were MLAs Edwards, Sawle, Hansen (Chair), Halford and Short.



In part 3 other members of the public had a say about various subjects.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 19 AUGUST 2013

Part 3 Various Subjects

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 19 August 2013.  Present were MLAs Edwards, Sawle, Hansen (Chair), Halford and Short.

 

In part 3 other members of the public had a say about various subjects.

 

Ging Davis brought up the cost of the public jetty but he didnít like an MLA remark that there were 3,000 engineers and now there are 3001.  He has a great deal of respect for MLAs because on the whole the work is voluntary and a very good job.  However, he asked for respect when people asked questions.  He went on to use Dave Eynonís jetty as a good example and though more could be done to it like pouring concrete behind the interlocking shuttering he has with a concrete top.  Mr Davis says he is sure he didnít spend £1.4 Million on that. 

 

Gavin Short agreed, saying the whole public jetty saga has not been a happy experience.  He said we hadnít yet gone over budget but he would prepare the general public as he thinks we will go over budget.  He wondered why the causeway at Port William made for drilling wasnít part of a permanent structure and Ging Davis agreed.  He acknowledged that a whole load of problems including backwash problems probably would not make it feasible.

 

Ging Davis saw footage of the break-water at Gibraltar and said this was exactly what we were looking at with Concrete on the top of it.  It faces open sea instead of being built at an inland harbour.

 

Dick Sawle said that in November/December 2009 when the new public jetty was proposed, £1.4 Million seemed to be too much.  He went on to say there is no doubt a new public jetty is needed for the tourists because the present structure is dangerous.  However, regardless of the cost, we cannot afford to be without a new, safe public jetty.

 

Roger Edwards took exception and said the first paper we had to EXCO after the last election was a quote for £850,000.00 for a straight Jetty and £1.3 Million for one with a ďTĒ piece at the end.  Last month he put in a question at Standing Finance Committee, expecting an answer this month but sadly it has been delayed until September Standing Finance Committee.  The price of the straight jetty being talked about now has increased.  He is confused at the statement as the budget has gone up without anyone actually approving it in the first place.  Seeing the figure is considerably £1.3Million quoted in 2012 Mr Edwards wants to know why the budget for the new public jetty hasnít been approved and what is going on as the original £850,000.00 has now risen to £1.5Million.

 

Gavin short had asked when drilling started if we had gone over budget and he was told no as it was within the prescribed contingencies.  Roger Edwards said he wasnít sure what budget it was and this is why he asked the question to Standing Finance Committee.

 

Ging Davis said that PWD had the skills to build the jetty and he wondered why they hadnít been tasked to build it.  Roger Edwards said that within this last budget had increased from £18Million to £40Million and there wasnít the labour force to do the jetty straight away.  Contractors would be brought in to do it.

 

Ging Davis asked if it could not be a case of privatisation.  Gavin Short repeated that he didnít have enough bodies in PWD to build the jetty and the other worked they had been asked to do.  He is worried about any future labour projects due to the lack of skilled and unskilled labour.

 

The subject of sheet piling was brought up and something about back-wash of launches coming in caused issues with this type of piling.  Gavin Short is still working on an answer.  Dick Sawle added that any wave action would wash rock away.  Gavin Short asked about proper rock being put in.  roger Edwards said the first two EXCO papers Ė proposals - were for sheet piling in-fill.  The current plan is for piles.

 

Lyn Buckland changed the question by asking Gavin Short where we were with the noise problem Ė getting something done about noises late at night.  Gavin Short said the small group that met with the Attorney General resulted in a paper that would be put through to EXCO but not one comprised of members of this Assembly.  He went on to say the new EXCO had to buy into this as it would come into being during the life of the new Assembly.  A graduated approach is being looked at in that a person cranking up after a Policeman has told them to turn it down, the person is in danger of having that music equipment confiscated with a small storage charge to be paid if the music equipment is to be returned.

 

If the problem persists it could end up in court.  However, there will be over-arching legislation about nuisances in general but what was focused on this time was noise emanating from the curtilage of a property.  Vehicular boom boxes were discussed and will be addressed in due course.  A small, persistent approach to the problem will be carried out in the first recommendations.

 

Gary Clement said that about 18 months ago a Policeman told residents of the YMCA they had the right to take the gear away from a noisy resident.  He wondered if they were mistaken.  Mr Short said that he had been told time and time again that until we get the legislation people were powerless in enforcing any kind of nuisance action.

 

Roger Edwards said someone seconded into the Force may have been mistaken because overseas police have powers to take action against noisy people.  The new legislation would cover all loud, unpleasant noises.  Gavin Short said it would include barking dogs.

 

Over a year ago Ging Davis mentioned parking in front of Argos House on H Jones Road.  This was a dangerous practice as it blocked visibility for drivers.  All that was needed was a yellow line.  Gary Clement said you could avoid the danger by parking on the other side of the road.  There is a parking lot that was not full and vehicles were parked on the road.  Gavin Short will move this forward.

 

(100X Transcription Service)

 

Editorís note:  With reference to noise nuisance, one would hope that the construction of some flats would be taken into account when complaints are made.  In some instances chairs that squeak and flushing toilets can be unpleasant sounds but they shouldnít be an excuse to waste any police time.

 

I used to talk with my neighbour, Sue Howes (Mijic) through the wall at Admiralty Cottage.  I would sit in my lounge and she at her kitchen table.  One such conversation lasted about an hour one afternoon when a repairman visited Sueís flat and reported that she talked to the wall and it answered her back.

 

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