Richard Branson. Picture by Richard Burdett Photography.
BUSINESS tycoon Richard Branson, the man behind the Virgin brand, will be made a business proposition from the Isle of Wight — to buy Wightlink ferries.
There have been rumours Wightlink is up for sale, which have been denied by the company.
At Sandown Town Council's last meeting however, it was suggested Mr Branson, who is understood to have relatives on the Isle of Wight and visit regularly, could be interested in a takeover.
Cllr Chris Dupre, who came up with the idea to approach the
Virgin boss, said: "He would be a good person to give us a great ferry
service on the Island."
"Over the summer, we have had a lot of complaints from people about ferry costs.
"If people arrive at the ferry terminal and see it is £160, they’re going to turn around and go to Devon instead.
"So many businesses depend on people coming across to the Island," he added.
Sandown Town Council is now planning to join other town and parish councils on the Isle of Wight to write a letter to the entrepreneur with the suggestion.
Cllr Dupre said: "I won’t say it’ll work, but with pressure and good luck, we may be able to persuade him it’s worth it."
He added: "Currently we are an Island held to ransom."
A spokesperson for Wightlink said the company was not for sale but if someone was serious about wanting to buy it, they should go through the appropriate channels.
She added Islanders were not being held to ransom.
"Late booking at busiest times can result in higher fares because the discounted fares have been snapped up," she said.