Ventnor Botanic Garden: Expressions Of Interest Invited

The council invite ‘expressions of interest’ in the disposal of the Ventnor Botanic Garden.

Anyone scouring the pages of the local paper this morning might see the advert fr the disposal of the Ventnor Botanic Garden.

AdvertFollowing the delegated decision made last week by Cllr Barry Abraham, cabinet member for Fire, Culture and Residents Services, to dispose of the Ventnor Botanic Garden, the advert, placed in the official notices section of the paper, invites ‘expressions of interest’ in relation to the disposal of the 29 acre site.

Tourist, scientific and environmental potential are highlighted as selling points with closing date for applications 12,pm, 11 November 2011.

Those concerned that the disposal may lead to public access disappearing one of the conditions relating to the Garden’s future is that reasonable levels of public access are maintained.

That is, unless the consent of BIG (Big Lottery Fund), give consent to change the conditions.

Anyone interested should get in touch with Astrid Davies on

There you go! Another free advert for the council.

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Friday, 7th October, 2011 10:03am



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Barry Abraham – Eric Pickles, separated at birth? BA is cutting IW council budgets, reducing workforce, privatizing services, selling off assets & undertaking council restructures – because, he says, the economic crisis. EP cut Bradford Council budget by £50m, reduced council staff by a 1/3, privatized council services & undertook departmental changes – in light of NO economic crisis at time he was in charge. In the… Read more »
Alan Mansell

Oh I love the use of the legal weasel word “reasonable.” Reasonable access leaves it open for a huge range of interpretation as to what is actually reasonable. For example opening for a charity event once a year may be deemed reasonable or charging £15 for entrance may be reasonable. Take your pick.

This Council seem to enjoy shooting themselves in the foot as the decision to sell the Botanic Gardens will probably be unpopular with the majority of island voters. It was never mentioned in their bogus 2009 manifesto and in my opinion is just another stain on their awful record. I suppose Pugh and this daft lot are being quite generous in some ways as they’re offering the… Read more »
Wight Essence
Once all the public assets have been flogged off, this Council will in the future find themselves in a position where there is nothing left to sell. Selling assests can only be a short term solution to finding extra money although it could prove to be disastrous for the island in the long term. Harold McMillan got it right and saw the pitfalls of selling public assets… Read more »
invisible man
selling assets makes a little money, but also eliminates operating costs. therefore it is a saving that will continue into the future. Of course, if everything gets flogged off and the council is running nothing, then there is no point in having a council and it will too disappear. which will lead to the greatest saving of all as we wont have to pay for councillors allowances,… Read more »
Wight Essence

When profit comes before providing good public services, then the economy and majority of the public suffer. Until we have a bottom up type of society instead of one that is top down, boom and bust will continue for years to come.

invisible man
its not about profit. its about debt. The council, through their own incompetent financial management, is having to find around £10 million extra savings on top of what the government is imposing. If its a choice between providing essential public services whilst staying in the black, or providing non-essential services like the garden whilst going into the red the I know which I prefer. Do you go… Read more »
Steve Goodman
It’s also about the council wanting to make us pay about an extra £4 million p.a. by switching to a 25 year discredited PFI road contract. (Which would be needed to replace the present grant element of the £8M+ continuing cost to us). And this has to be paid before other non- contract expenses for services or anything else we might deem more important over the next… Read more »
Derk Smalls
What is staggering, just staggering, is the way you all just let these things happen. Barry Abrahams, the cabinet, the council officers, they are just giving sighs of relief as each of the people’s assets are simply given away…and no one does a damn thing about it. Where is the facebook campaign? Where is Simon Goodenough saying this is all wrong?What are the gardens society doing? Pathetic.… Read more »
I cannot understand why the Island population are so docile,while all around them the Island’s social infrastructure and fabric is being dismantled by these Government vandals. The Government is wanting to save £6 billion pounds nationally this year,while it has just thrown £75 billion as the first tranche of many at the banks. If ever a cause for revolution by the people this is it and this… Read more »
Steve Goodman

Not forgetting the billions given as tax breaks to the politician’s wealthy puppet masters, of course.


An the alleged Dr Fox inviting his friend along for a free ride at public expense.

invisible man

I dont beleive Dr Fox is alleged. He is quite real im sure.

I think its the invitation that is alleged.


Should have stuck to being doctor Fox,rather than getting into politics. Maybe his medical judgement is better than the alleged political malpractice!


Because they are the democratically elected representative of the few who bothered to vote….you get the representation you deserve

Steve Goodman

I don’t.

I didn’t vote for any of the pisspoor post-passing politicians responsible for the mistakes of recent decades.
(Which does not mean that I don’t vote).

One day we might be allowed to vote on issues. In the meantime, we can make an effort to improve things.


it is democracy…the majority choose this shambles…if you can’t educate the masses then you will continue to get monkeys in power

Steve Goodman

Actually, as it seems to have become common for politicians to be elected by a minority of those entitled to vote (meaning that more people don’t vote for them than do), and that the result is always an elected dictatorship, it’s not very democratic, is it?


of course..only those who vote and take part in the democratic process have a say (and a responsibility) the rest have no voice and deserve none


The trouble is,whoever you vote for,we are not getting democracy because none of the politicians care about the people.For them,it’s an ego trip.

Steve Goodman

fortunately they are not all psychopathic scumbags.
(My heroes include Caroline Lucs, Winston Churchill, & a few more in between).

Steve Goodman

Sorry; I managed to miss an a in Lucas!


Yes,Winston Churchill is one of my heroes too,but he did not fit the usual model of the politian,as he was rebel,a forward thinker and a visionary for the time before and during WW2.

Such litle imagination everyone? I think Robert Thomson should buy it but this time it should be at least £2. We can install a cable car to Steephill Cove, and build a 4 lane highway to the Baech with plenty of parking, and a big wheel which can call the Ventnor Eye, and have Dukmobile Trips along the Coast surfacing at Orchard Bay, and actors posing Customs… Read more »
Simon Goodenough

Totally heart-breaking. Pugh, Brown and Beynon hang your heads in shame.

Somebody once said “forgive them they know not what they have done” – in this case yes they bloody well did, they have set the IW back by years between them. I hope they enjoy their luxuriously refurbed offices whilst they can!