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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.

Falklands 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 users.

 

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 planning context.

 

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/

 

 

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