Floating bridge naming competition postponed ‘Due to the upcoming election(s)’

It’s not clear what the two upcoming elections have to do with the naming of the new floating bridge, but the council are citing them as the reason for postponing the naming competition, despite knowing about the local one beforehand.

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OnTheWight has been following up with the Isle of Wight council to try and find out why the promised selection of a name for the new floating bridge has been delayed.

They had originally said the best six nominations would go to a public vote and then be announced on 21st April.

However, today the council has said the competition will now be postponed.

They said,

Due to the upcoming election(s), the naming competition for the floating bridge will be postponed. Full details will be circulated at the appropriate time.

Floaty McSadface
Last month, following a several thousand strong petition, the IWC did a u-turn on their veto of the name Floaty McFloatface being allowed in the nominations – something that made national TV news.

Another petition started several weeks ago, to name the floating bridge after the Polish warship – ORP Blyskawica – that defended Cowes and East Cowes during WWII, mysteriously started gaining traction this week.

OnTheWight have asked the IWC what the two election have to do with the naming comp and will update once we hear back.

The new floating bridge is already on the Island and expected to be in service by early May.

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 2:55pm


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  1. East Cowes

    20.Apr.2017 4:52pm

    Hardly a huge resource of Council time – suspending naming a floating bridge!

  2. Luisa Hillard

    20.Apr.2017 5:36pm

    With limited officers to arrange a General Election in just 6 weeks, in addition to our own local elections in 2 weeks, I can understand that some projects have to be put on the back burner.

  3. Catamongthepigeons

    20.Apr.2017 5:42pm

    Just imagine the outcry locally if the Floating bridges gets a Polish name just before David & Doris McUKIP are on their way to vote

    Too incendiary on this little right leaning antiEuropean isle where there are a so many Polish locals too …..

    • Old Knobby

      20.Apr.2017 7:26pm

      Shame that such people don’t remember what the Poles did for the Island back in WWII, or, indeed, the historic ties between the two countries.

      • richardshanklinite

        21.Apr.2017 9:58pm

        Well said exactly why it should be named
        Blyskawica in order that this memory may go on and some information boards explaining the significance so some youngsters may take on board the history. The polish did a lot for the uk during the war such as follows
        By an agreement of August 1940 the PAF was granted independent status, though it remained under RAF command. Further national units were formed and, by VE Day, the PAF had a strength of 15 fighter, bomber, coastal and special duties squadrons supported by 14,000 airmen and airwomen. Poles continued to serve in the RAF and three Polish officers commanded RAF units. The RAF respected the Poles’ culture and traditions and recognised their complete equality with British nationals. To help overcome the language barrier, English lessons were provided and technical manuals were translated into Polish.
        The Poles appreciated this open-minded approach and continued to fight exceptionally well. Polish fighter pilots destroyed 957 enemy aircraft with 58 men claiming five or more victories. Polish squadrons in Bomber Command and Coastal Command dropped a total of 14,708 tons of bombs and mines on enemy targets. Sadly, the PAF’s No.300 Squadron suffered the highest number of deaths of any Bomber Command unit. Throughout the war, Polish ground crews were known for their dedication and efficiency and aircraft serviceability rates on Polish squadrons were impressively high.

        • In the Cowes Blitz, the Blyskawica was relying on electrical shore power to fire its guns.
          Don’t forget the stoker who kept the steam up and shore generators running during the raid. He stayed at his post.

  4. IF this delay is due to the Polish name gaining too much ground then maybe, just maybe, it is because most of us don’t have a clue how to pronounce ‘ORP Blyskawica’ ! Anyway, whatever the name given in the end, it will always be ‘the floating bridge’ or ‘the chain link ferry’ just as our corner shops are ‘the Spa’ despite now being called ‘Central’.

  5. Rockhopper

    21.Apr.2017 11:05am

    As far as I am aware, IWC hasn’t nailed its colours to the mast and given us a restart date for the floating bridge. Will this be postponed until the new name is decided? I hope not.

  6. temperance

    21.Apr.2017 10:22pm

    Did germany not invade poland first, if basil fawlty has any thing to teach us, so yes they were merely helping themselves surely not helping Britain and if they were it was only as a by product of self protection or am i being cynical.

  7. Is it me or is remembering the sacrifice of those who defended Cowes somewhat diminished by giving the Blyskawicas name to a chain ferry?

    The Blyskawica deserves a greater memorial than that. It was a warship, not a ferry.

  8. If we are looking for a name for the chain ferry; why not name it after someone who brought fame to the Island:
    Uffa Fox, the sailor and yacht designer, Christopher Cockerell who developed the Hovercraft here, Sam Saunders of Saunders-Roe fame, Samuel White of the shipyard. But maybe these people would prefer not to be commemorated by a chain ferry!
    How about Ferry McFlatface!!

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