Building Bridges: Fixed Link To The Island or Not?

Many thanks to ‘Bertie’, who sent through info regarding some new e-petitions relating to the Island.
One is petitioning for a bridge to be built to the Island, and in the interests of democracy, the other in objection to any form of fixed link.
I’m sure …

Many thanks to ‘Bertie’, who sent through info regarding some new e-petitions relating to the Island.

Goldengate bridgeOne is petitioning for a bridge to be built to the Island, and in the interests of democracy, the other in objection to any form of fixed link.

I’m sure that you must have a view either way? If you haven’t, read on, make up your mind and let your fingers do the talking.

Here are the cases for and against.

FOR
Petition Creator, Peter Alexander:
The isle of wight is 5 miles from the prosperous south east of england yet has deprivation only equaled by parts of inner London. Building a bridge with possibly EU funds would bring the economic prosperity of south east england to this area of 135000 people. Enabling islanders to work on the mainland and earn a living wage whilst saving on the amount paid in benefits. Average earnings on the island are some 20-25% below nearby Portsmouth. The natural harbours of the island would be more accessible and economically viable enabling the regeneration of all areas of the island benefiting all. The current arrangements of high cost ferries (for islanders) will not achieve this. The Isle of Wight ferries do not receive subsidies from government or EU and islanders pay the full cost of maintaining this link.

Vote if you want a bridge linking the Island to the Mainland

AGAINST
Petition Creator,Don Prescott:
In the interests of democracy, I feel that it is necessary to allow the residents of the Isle of Wight and anywhere else for that matter, to petition the Prime Minister to decide against the construction of any type of fixed link to the Isle of Wight. This petition is in response to the one in favour of a fixed link. Over the years, a few activists have tried to keep alive their dream of a bridge or tunnel from the mainland. This is despite the vast majority of Island residents, including the I.O.W. Council, being firmly against the idea of a fixed link. The Island has functioned and will continue to function to the satisfaction of most of it’s residents. It is one of the most desirable places to live and for holidays it is in the top ten destinations in Britain. It is not some run down charity case as depicted by the pro-linkers. Their hidden agenda has nothing to do with anything other than the financial outlay required to commute to the mainland every day. The Isle of Wight is not part of the London commuter belt. It is an Island. Let us keep it that way. Please vote in your thousands for this petition against any form of fixed link to the Isle of Wight. Thank you.

Vote against a bridge being built

Wednesday, 28th March, 2007 3:00pm

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holiday maker
How about a petition for “subsidies” for a reduction to existing ferry costs both for tourists and residents a like that would negate the need to spend 10`s of millions. The cost of this 5 mile bridge would have to be recovered anyway so would`nt be cheaper? The channel is very busy so a swing bridge section would be needed causing the same amount of delays as… Read more »
keith dunham
as of now , after the complaints commision have said that the prices do not need to be looked at as they think they are ok ,so the only way forward now is to persue a fixed link and the 2 main ferry companies might do something , doing the fixed link as well could bring work as there are quite a few men on the island… Read more »
No.5
It simply will not happen…if there was ever going to be a bridge it would have been built when the Island was at its peak by a Mr I K Brunel. You only have to look at the state of our roads to see we aren’t able to support more cars let alone the ones we already have. In the last 5 years not one of our… Read more »
R.Marshall
I agree wholeheartedly with you on this. An additional consideration might be, to put the ferry contract out to tender on an annual basis, and at the same time consult all island residents directly by way of referendum, so that the decision would be taken by “the people”, rather than elected officials. This way we would not be held to ransom by what is arguably mile for… Read more »
Jackie

Something needs to be done that’s for sure. HMP Isle of Wight is very apt!!!

DOD

A while ago I drove down from London on a nice quiet part of a weekday.A nice,unimpeded cruise right to the ferry.
Coming off the ferry I fell in behind a tractor doing all of fifteen miles an hour. Just as I was reaching a section where overtaking might be possible everything was halted by road-up traffic lights.
‘Ah,’ I thought contentedly.’it’s good to be home’.

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ALLAN

Unfortunately there is no economic reason for the people on the mainland who control the money supply to want to stump up for a bridge

Cynic
That is part of the investment bankers’ “shell game” (e.g. the PFI contract) Investment bankers (off-shore in their tax havens) will eye a long-term captive market, say the IoW, and work out how to exploit it that captivity. “I know,” they will say to themselves in Luxembourg, Paris, Jersey or the Cayman Islands, “let’s make money by controlling the access to the Island. Nobody gets or or… Read more »
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