By Richard Wright
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
THERE are no legal restrictions preventing the sale of Blackgang's Viewpoint car park to the owners of Blackgang Chine, the Isle of Wight Council has said.
The car park is being sold with a guarantee parking will not be reduced. The chine says it wants to introduce new facilities there.
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by Vernon Blunt
3rd January 2013, at 18:29:29
Whilst there may be no legal restriction doesn't the Isle of Wight Council feel that morally it shouldn't be selling off a public viewpoint created by a charitable grant? A Rees Jeffreys Road Fund plaque is at the viewpoint so they must have been involved at some point in the past and most likely gave money to the Council either to acquire the land or construct the viewpoint for the benefit of all. Maybe the Isle of Wight Council should consider repaying or making a donation the Road Fund out of the proceeds of sale?
by Alan Bennett
2nd January 2013, at 19:41:08
Yay Gary! Lets get all the ice cream vans on the Island to head for the Viewpoint Car park and picket the place so the diggers cannot get in!
by Gary Hall
1st January 2013, at 18:30:35
I'm with Alan Bennett - Does anyone really want an extention of Blackgang Chine up here? To be honest I really like the current Chale Farm Ice Cream Van - What next - Robin Hill wanting to take over Bills Ice Cream Van on Brading Downs. No thanks.
by Jean Cotton
1st January 2013, at 15:55:58
I would like to know what is going to happen to our memorial benches at the View Point Car Park when Blackgang Chine takes over.
by Keith McNallyohanly
1st January 2013, at 12:37:06
I believe when the story first came to press it was highlighted that parking would remain free, now the only promise is that parking will not be reduced.
by Peter Islander
1st January 2013, at 12:27:20
I'm looking forward to driving through the giant Smuggler's legs as I enter the car park! Perhaps they can make him say"Ho Ho Ho,give us yer money,me hearties!"...as we enter. Has anyone checked his crotch clearance for coaches?
1st January 2013, at 12:16:35
For the last time, it does not need new facilities there! It has old world, untouched charm that is fast becoming hard to find on the Island. We do not need to desecrate this idyllic spot with commercial advertising for Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, just pull in for a decent local ice cream and a fantastic panoramic view of the Jurassic Coast
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