Further examples of non-transparency:
Isle of Man space “created a net liability to the exchequer of £538,000” according to the Department of Economic Development’s own papers. This was revealed by Leonard Singer, the chair of Tynwald’s Economic Policy Review Committee. When asked to divulge further details of ManSat’s exclusive rights to administer the orbital filing system and the charges involved Tim Craine, director of DED, declared “MansSat do not disclose or publicise the fee” and added that anyone dealing with them had to sign a non-disclosure agreement. It seems DED can do little to influence the terms of the contract.
Copy and paste planning?
It appears that others also find the planning consultation lacking in substance. A letter in the Examiner contains a list of several points in which the consultation falls short of government guidelines on consultations. The writer points out that the document lists no questions to respond to and goes on to query several other issues and also mentions the lack of evidence given for certain statements and states:
Moreover not one statistic with regard to population, employment or economic activity is provided to back the need for this PPS
I’m no expert on consultations but the current planning consultation seems extremely vague and gives the impression of giving carte blanche to certain individuals. Remember that this appears to be yet another copy and paste job based on UK proposals: https://freeasthysweetmountainair.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/uk-law-automatically-adopted-in-the-iom/
The Isle of Man PPS is a loosely worded document and provides little real useful information. Smoke and mirrors? This will affect us all and the justification for relaxation of planning procedures is simply not evident. Do we really need a Whitehall proposal to interfere with our planning system?