So here I am, sat in front of my computer on a Friday early evening in May and still working. It’s been BONKERS these last few months with projects for the mainland and Island needing my attention. This is sometimes difficult to make sure that they are as perfect in their delivery as I want them to be with just the two days a week, which, with my attention to detail (some would say control freak) is frustrating as I want to be involved in as much as possible as I just love seeing the delivery of a project which has been so long in the planning, with both meetings and bid writing. From the initial concept to an opening or an unveiling; and maybe later, if the project is good enough, an award.

So, projects at the moment with the line guide have been frustrating as they have been rewarding.

The Line Guide has been put on hold until we can get as many of the attractions in the New Forest, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth/Southsea/Gosport involved. We have been selling this concept to well know attractions as ‘car free tourism’ as their commitment to being green, as just that….asking only for at worst 10% off an admission ticket to an attraction, at best 2 for 1.

With a large area shown in a map on a 14 page DL leaflet with attractions and transport links in between, a wide distribution of 70,000 from Waterloo down to the coast and 30,000 on the Island being distributed at tourist information points, in the Beacon along the corridor and hand delivered by volunteers, you would think this would be something jumped at. Those who have been involved in the Line Guide in past years were on board from the start, knowing what a great deal it was being promoted, free, in a popular leaflet.

Those who weren’t haven’t and it has led to a decision to postpone for delivery of the guide until Jan 1st 2012, and I have a cunning plan!

The map, produced by artist Alan Rowe has already been produced and paid for by DCRDF funding I got in, in the last financial year. Rather than loose impetus on this guide project, I have decided to up the ante and use the publication for 8 map boards I am in the process of going for funding for. The map boards will be placed at;

  • Lymington Pier
  • Yarmouth
  • Newport (I hope bus station)
  • Shanklin
  • Ryde Esplanade
  • Ryde Pier
  • Southsea
  • Portsmouth

We will and are including all attractions for the New Forest, Isle of Wight, Southsea and Portsmouth, even if they haven’t agreed to be on the Line Guide, as I feel this, when they see a printed mounted version of what it will look like, will hopefully agree to support the car free tourism further. If not, we simply take them off, which the artist has assured me is simple enough to do.


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