"PRO-LINK" IOW Fixed Link Campaign

£3,150 of £50,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 23 months
For 18 months we have been campaigning for a fixed link to and from the Isle of Wight. Initially we campaigned for a sentiment referendum, however that was deemed not possible by the local authorities. The last few months the team of now four volunteers within the PRO-LINK committee, have worked tirelessly to secure the solution of cheap cross Solent ease of transport to secure a successful socio economic future for the island.... a cross Solent Fixed Link Tunnel. This will provide the foundations for economic success and improved islander lifestyle.

We now need to get to more advanced stages of the campaign. We require a professional quality web site, hiring of debate venues, transportation costs to Westminster, stationary, leaflets, prospectus files, etc.
These all have costs....we have self funded so far but can not continue with funding these larger amounts. If you would like to donate to help us please do. You can do this very easily on here, leaving your detailsor doing it annonamously if you wish?

Many thanks. 

Please se go to the pinned post on the  "Open" Facebook Group link below for more details. 
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Thanks to all who have donated. We are using the funds to help continue to keep the solentfreedomtunnel.co.uk website being constructed and updated, advertising our campaign in the County Press, general office stationary, mainland meetings travel costs, etc.

We are happy to put the time and effort into this campaign, but we do need reassurance that you want us to continue. Donations not only pay for the overheads of running this campaign..... it also keeps our morale going.
Car stickers are available. Go to website for locations.
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A big thank you to all who have donated so far to the campaign. We have set an initial figure of £3,000 which will keep this campaign moving on for the foreseeable future. It will pay for a more professionally produced web site, rather than a "have a go" one that would otherwise be done. Also printing and stationary, banners, travel to and from mainland meetings and other peripheral items.
Once the £3,000 amount has been used, PRO-LINK will produce a full expense account and publish it on here and on our Facebook Group so you can see where your donations were spent. If further amounts are required after that, we shall then continue on this platform to raise campaign funds again. The limit on this platform is set to a total of £50k so we can continue if necessary, with incremental fund goals in the long term. Any further campaign donations above the £3,000 will certainly be appreciated, however the expense account will be published at the £3,000 spend mark.

Many thanks.
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Thank you for the confidence the donators are showing in PRO-LINK. Some may have suspicions perhaps (instigated by the unethical comments by anti linkers) with how these donations will be used? I can assure you personally that every penny received is and will be directed to the end goal. PRO-LINK is a voluntary group of four committee members. Any additional members if perceived appropriate, will need to accept that this work is not for us to benefit from necessarily, but for islanders in years to come. Most donators over the age of 60 or so will need to understand that you are doing it for your kids and grand kids....to help them be able to have successful lives on the island with the freedom to travel off and on at will, at any time.

A gauge of donation that will help us could be for instance, a similar amount of a single or return journey that it would cost you on the ferry, be it as a passenger or using a vehicle?
If you have a business, use the ferries for freight and are fed up with the perceived extortion and control you endure under each company .....perhaps donate the equivalent of a HGV crossing fare?
PRO-LINK have already submitted fixed link toll structures to the appropriate bodies. The accumulated total is amazing....you have not only tolls and "islander only permits" for vehicles, but also "utility and communication conduits under contract income" and public transport "bus contract income". This total amounts to a yearly income from the fixed link that is over and above the required amount to attract equity funders. The calculations and traffic flow calculations will be published as soon as they have been analysed in more detail by the appropriate bodies.
HGV tolls will have "island business" permits only. Mainland firms will be unable to purchase them for many reasons including traffic management. An HGV at present costs £280 one way...FL tolls for an island business will be individually roughly one third of that price. A yearly permit for up to two return journeys per day would be around £12,000p/annum for the largest HGV.
TRAVEL AT ANYTIME INSTANTLY....10 MINUTE CROSSING. If that sounds like it's worth investing in to improve your business then donate. If we don't have a link within ten years and you didn't donate to assist the campaign....don't moan please.
It can be done anonymously.
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Wow! Thank you all for the confidence you have shown in the PRO-LINK team by donating as you have. Already within just 24 hours of releasing the gofundme details we have enough to sort out the web site which will comprehensively explain details regarding the campaign and the proposition. This should reach a wider field of audience than a Facebook group including government ministers who we intend to lobby. Advertising and promotional articles can also be serviced with the donations at this stage.
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£3,150 of £50,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 23 months
Created March 25, 2016
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