The Agenda for the March Public Meeting of Ramsey Town Commissioners
can now be viewed online via this link - http://ramsey.gov.im/Upload/Files/Public%20Agenda%20March%202017.pdf
On the Agenda this month is a report from the Ramsey Courthouse Sub-Committee,
with a recommendation to the full Board that:
Ramsey Town Commission
make a formal offer to purchase the Ramsey Courthouse and Grounds in the sum of
£397,800.00 consideration to be in the form of a 26 year rent free period for
the leasehold occupation and use of the police office in Ramsey Town Hall.
Also being published today is the outcome of the recent consultation
held by the Ramsey Town Commissioners:
A total of 936 responses were received. Not all
of these gave answers to all of the questions. There were 14
75 % felt that RTC should seek to retain the
building in public ownership, with 11.75% saying no to this and 13.25% not
75% felt that the building should NOT be sold
to the private sector, with 12.93% saying that it should and 12.07% not sure.
71.97% were in favour of it being acquired by
RTC and leased out (similar to the arrangement with the old swimming pool),
10.76% were against this and 17.28% not sure.
72.79% were in favour of a mixed
commercial/community use. 9.41% were against this and 17.80% not sure.
In terms of financing, 53.29% were in favour of
this being met by the rate payers, 22.24% against and 24.47% not sure.
In terms of usage:
The weighted average for each of the commercial
types in the survey - with the lowest number being the more popular option:
Retail – 2.85
Coffee Shop – Artisan – 3.31
Night Club – 3.34
Café – 3.4
Public House – 3.43
Office - 3.81
Coffee Shop – branded – 4.08
Off Licence – 4.22
The weighted average for the possible
“community” uses - with the lowest number being the more popular option:
Centre – 1.68
Community Hall – 2.06
Tourist Information/Visitor Centre – 2.47
Charity Drop In Centre – 3.28
The predominant suggestion
from the “free form” comment boxes was for a Peel Centenary Centre/Port Erin
Arts Centre type facility.
72.86% of the respondents were Ramsey
residents, 27.14% not.
In respect of the consultation, Chairman of Ramsey Town
Commissioners, Andrew Cowie J.P. commented:
“Ramsey Commissioners are pleased to release the results
of our survey into the future use of the Court House. It is absolutely clear
that there is tremendous support for retaining this historic building in the
safe hands of the Commission. I can assure the citizens of Ramsey that all the
Commissioners strongly support this strategy and we will do everything that we
can to ensure this building remains in public ownership and put to use to
benefit the community. We would like to thank the 936 people who took the time
to complete the survey and help guide our decisions.”