Plans For One-Off Economic Initiatives Announced By Conservatives

Conservative councillors propose a number of one-off initiatives

This in from David Pugh on behalf of the IW Council Conservative Group. In his own words. Ed

David PughThe majority Conservative Group at County Hall has tabled a motion for June’s Full Council meeting to agree that a series of one-off economic initiatives are developed over the coming months – with a particular focus in support of the visitor economy.

The motion, which will be debated by members on Wednesday 20th June, asks council officers to develop costed plans for a number of areas to complement existing work in support of the Island’s economy, jobs and tourism. It builds on the decision made at January’s Full Council meeting that further investment would be made during the course of the year as needs arose and resources allowed.

The series of proposals, which would be developed for the September budget review meeting, would be considered alongside the outcomes of the budget consultation process – which is taking place over the summer. Any final decisions to implement the initiatives would be made at this September meeting.

Speaking following the publication of the motion, Council Leader Cllr David Pugh said: “These proposals build on the range of economic plans agreed by Full Council in January and February of this year. We have now placed a particular focus on tourism-related initiatives, to complement the recent decision to establish a Destination Management Organisation (DMO) to develop the Island’s visitor economy.

“As the motion acknowledges, we are only able to bring forward these plans for additional areas of investment due to healthy financial position the Council now finds itself in. The difficult decisions of the past 18 months mean we can release funding to support community-based initiatives that will contribute to the Island’s economic wellbeing. These further proposals sit alongside the existing decisions we have made to invest in tackling youth unemployment and support the development of our tourism economy.

“Whilst the Council is not able to reinstate areas of previous recurring expenditure, it is able to make use of the net savings achieved in 2011/12 to support ideas such as these. We are also pleased that this motion fulfils our commitment to develop ideas presented in alternative budget proposals earlier this year.”

Key elements of the proposals being published today include:

  • Working with Job Centre Plus to improve access for unemployed Islanders to identify suitable job opportunities, such as providing meeting space in libraries and other public access points;
  • Allocating capital investment for the supply of new beach huts in key locations;
  • Inviting business associations to put forward ideas for enhancing public realm in their areas, which may include improved signage, information, street furniture de-cluttering;
  • Maximising the benefits of the £4m grant for Sustainable Transport Access to Tourism;
  • Developing a prospectus to hold a community-led “Celebrate Isle of Wight” weekend in 2013, at
    which local produce is available, which would be promoted as part of the Island’s tourism offer.

Cllr Pugh added: “Whilst this list of initiatives is not exhaustive, we hope that they will receive positive feedback during the forthcoming budget consultation process and can be fully developed alongside any additional plans to support the growth of the local economy and the provision of jobs.”

Tuesday, 12th June, 2012 4:02pm



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Come on David what good will one off iniatives do? What was needed was 4 years of sensible and measured leadership without your knee jerk reactions. Don’t you think that keeping TIC and Public Conveniences would have helped? In what way will your iniatives help economic well being of residents? Will signage help? Will beach huts help? Will street furniture help? I think not, but youth clubs,… Read more »
Hang Em High

Why on earth did you vote for him / them in the first place? Did you really think the Island Conservatives were going to be better than the Liberals? That Cameron and his coalition would be better than Labour? Really?

“Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent”.

Enough said?


Hang em high, treat yourself to something – the Latin was inspired :)

Island Monkey

Unbelievable politician speak. Complete gobbledegook.

I defy any normal person to understand any of the above statement?

Yep David, you should have just kept the toilets and TIC’s open.

Mr. E.

Couldn’t agree more Island Monkey… my eyes glazed over when I read this. It took several re-reads for the detail to sink in. It’s no wonder the electorate feel alienated by politics.

Simon Haytack

There’s no doubt the Conservatives will be trumpeting the recently announced over £2 million underspend as strong economic management. Meanwhile, families and vulnerable people across the island will be counting the cost of the Conservative groups continuous and unnecessary cull on jobs and services.

Could we get a Council more out of touch?

Steephill Jack

Dear David,
I am a Destination Management Consultant. Moderate fees, all over in a day.
Can I manage your destination ?
Let me know.


I here Beardsalls have a vacancy


Its a rather old-fashioned public sector approach that when, through prudency, the Council have a bit of money left they cast around to find ways to spend it.

If the Council are able to do all they intended on less money, then surely they should hang on to the surplus to enable them to reduce next year’s Council Tax bills?

I’m assuming this is related to the recent discovery of £2m found in a cupboard at County Hall. So let me get this straight, Steve’s best mate Dave who we pay a significant sum to head up all financial matters for the council suddenly came across £2m which appears to be unaccounted for or unspent this year? As an Island we rely heavily on tourism. The council… Read more »
Island Monkey
Do you mean Dave Burbage Ltd? The one man band company in charge of the Island’s finances. The people I really feel for are indeed the people whose cuts allowed the Tories to amass this money. Let’s not forget that it isn’t just cross legged tourists and book less residents. The real victims are those with learning disabilities who now sit around doing nothing most days of… Read more »
island wide

Look on the bright side Island Monkey, it might well be come next May that many of those who have made the decisions that has caused the Island to go into decline might be sitting around doing nothing.

Black Dog
The Boy Blunder has done it again!!! When questioned by the Committee looking into library closures, Pugh stated that the IOW had to make 28% cuts over a four year period. “We had to impose a £20 million cut in the first year” In reality the cut was in the region of £17 million, when, at the same time the Government reduced our funds by £9 million… Read more »

Of course Labour would not indulge in electioneering at all.

Black Dog
My comments would apply to Labour, Liberal or Conservatives Equally. It is wrong on all accounts to blatantly attempt to bribe your the electorate on the run-up to an election. Why while giving evidence during the first phase of the cuts were we and a parliamentary committee misinformed about the level and reason for the cuts, by the alleged leader of the council? As the Conservatives are… Read more »
Hang Em High

“Why is it that the Boy Blunder and his merry band of lemmings believe that the majority of Islanders are taken in by the spin that comes out of County Hall?”

Because they are, always have been, always will be, and it wont change until they vote for something very different to the corrupt and treacherous format known as LibLabCon

Steephill Jack

Political parties lead to corruption and should be banned, but which party would agree with that?
Think outside the party boxes: Vote Independent in May 2013.

Island Monkey

On the news this morning the BBC reported that since the election, the coalition have made £900 million of cuts to adult services.

Whatever way they choose to dress this up, it’s almost a billion pounds of cuts to the most vulnerable. This is what Tories do. God only knows why the Lib’s support them?

Why do they take us for fools?

Island Monkey

Let’s not forget they could afford a tax cut for the richest. In the recent pasty budget, the higher rate was reduced.

Dear VB, is there further documentation available on what the use of this money is supposed to achieve? The overall aims & objectives; more jobs, more visitors, more revenue. These outcomes are not necessarily one & the same thing & might not even be linked. “Working with Job Centre Plus”… Aren’t there providers already doing this? Besides unemployment is caused by the over supply of labour for… Read more »