Falklands : Falklands Poll Urges Strong Support for New Port
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 29.08.2013 (Article Archived on 26.09.2013)
Findings of the ‘Your Future – Your Say’ community consultation exercise following the approval of Members have been released by the Falkland Islands Government with results reflecting very strong support for phased development of the new port to serve its potential users.
Poll Urges Strong Support New Port
By J. Brock (FINN)
Findings of the ‘Your Future – Your Say’ community consultation exercise
following the approval of Members have been released by the Falkland Islands
Government with results reflecting very
strong support for phased development of the new port to serve its potential
Over three quarters of respondents preferred port design option 1; to
build out into the sea, rather than causeway based; moreover almost two thirds
of respondents supported access ‘Route 1’, the route east from Moody Brook to a
low point along Wireless Ridge, however there were a number of suggestions put
forward regarding the pathway for the access route.
As for the future of the Gordon Lines area, the findings show less clear
expressions of choice for development on the south side of the Camber, and for
the location of temporary workers’ accommodation.
“I am very pleased with the engagement of the community. We received 164
responses in total, which is a substantial response rate. There was no surprise
about the extent of different opinions we received however there are some very
clear messages from the analysis, which will be taken forward,” said the Hon Mr
Dick Sawle, MLA.
He went on to say that Policy principles will be drafted to refine the
intentions for each of the early decision areas and further work is essential
to develop the early key decisions within the wider infrastructure development
The first stage consultation exercise provided brief background details
on the new deep water port to be located at Port William and asked respondents
to express their views on the early key decision areas, as identified in the
‘Towards an Infrastructure Development Plan’ http://www.falklands.gov.fk/assets/47-13P.pdf produced by David Smethurst Consultancy.
The consultation process involved the distribution of consultation
documents in all local amenities, a drop-in session at the Town Hall on Monday
3rd June and a FIRS phone-in on 5th June. An online blog was also created where
the consultation document could be downloaded and various assemblies were
carried out at the Falkland Islands Community School (FICS) and at the Infant
Junior School (IJS).
The results of the consultation, all comments and the responses received
from the IJS questionnaire can be viewed on the blog at: http://figinfrastructuredevelopment.blogspot.co.uk/