Chamber keen to get going
THE Douglas Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the result of the de-amalgamation referendum.
President Phoebe Kitto ( pictured) said the Chamber was unapologetic in maintaining a neutral stance throughout the referendum.
But now the region has voted to create a new council, the Chamber welcomes the opportunity to engage with it on business matters affecting the region.
‘‘We view the referendum as having achieved far greater positives than negatives,’’ Ms Kitto said.
‘‘It has demonstrated to everyone living in the area and to government and businesses outside of Douglas that there are committed passionate people living in this region who are genuinely interested in and who are willing to advocate to advance the interests of the area not just their own personal interests.
Ms Kitto said the Chamber would undertake a survey of businesses in the Douglas region to list their immediate and future con- cerns and educate the new council about these.
‘‘ The Chamber will use that information to brief those persons wishing to stand for council, so that our councillors hit the ground running, and do not take years to be brought up to speed,’’ she said.
Ms Kitto said it was important for the Chamber to work together with the new council to make the Douglas region the shining example of how a business-council partnership can and should work, and on the strength of that partnership, act to support existing businesses, attract new businesses and strengthen the community.