Island MP, Andrew Turner would like to send out a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part in his recent OFT campaign.
He tells us that over 9,000 people and organisations contacted his office to make their views known on the impact that ferries have to them, with 83% of responses coming from the Island.
Staff at Andrew’s office beavered away all weekend, finalising his submission by organising all the evidence supplied by the public and ensure that it safely reached the OFT’s offices in London.
Mr Turner said:
“There are so many people to thank; it is hard to know where to start. The local media and the Island’s Women’s Institutes and Townswomen’s Guilds who did such a great job of publicising the campaign; the small group of local businessmen who gave so much help behind the scenes in marshalling the arguments in favour of a full investigation and my fantastic staff who have coped with all the extra work this has generated with such good grace.
“I should like to thank the OFT as well for actually undertaking the market survey – only about 5% of the matters that are raised with them result in further action so it is clear they understand there may be a problem.
“Most of all, though, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the campaign. I believe this is one of the most important issues for the future of the Island. It is now a matter of waiting to see what the OFT make of it all – they are due to announce their decision in May.”