News 2018-02-06T21:45:13+00:00


“Gov’t not controlling market” says MHK

Three ‘official partners’ for TT travel 2019

Government says motorcycle fans will have more options for TT travel packages next year.

The Department for Enterprise has appointed local firms Mann Link Travel, Freedom Travel and Terrific Travel to provide special ferry and accommodation deals as ‘official partners’.

It’s after former contractor Regency Travel wound up its operations last year.

MHK with political responsibility for motor sport, Rob Callister, says it’s not a case of controlling the market, though.

Link to audio on Manx Radio

Detailed look at sewerage strategy for Peel Tynwald debate

Scheme could cost up to £9.5 million

A spat over sewage?

A split has emerged in the Manx parliament over how to solve the problem of raw, untreated sewage being pumped into the sea at Peel.

At present, raw waste from the town is drained by gravity to a pumping station on the promenade at Shore Road, then discharged into the Bay through an outfall pipe

Many have complained about the impact this has on the quality of Peel’s bathing water and the health of those swimming in the sea.

Manx Utilities (MU) has received Tynwald’s backing to progress with a regional strategy and build […]

Committee findings set to be rejected

Tynwald debates report on regional sewage treatment

The findings of a parliamentary committee on the issue of sewerage treatment in the west of the Island are set to be rejected by government today (15 May).

Chaired by Rob Callister MHK, the Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee has made seven recommendations in its report on phase two of the Regional Sewage Treatment Strategy.

The document will be debated in Tynwald later today (15 May).

In its response, the Council of Ministers has turned down the request for an independent review of the costs of the strategy for Peel, St John’s and Central Valley.

It’s also rejected a suggestion that plans for an extended outfall pipe in Peel be factored […]

Govt shops around for new Chester Street retailer

The government is hoping another retailer will move into the empty store left behind by Shoprite after it closed its Douglas town centre outlet.

Shoprite’s owner Isle of Man Enterprises made the shock announcement it was closing the store at Chester Street, underneath the multi-storey car park, at the end of last month. The store has already closed, with staff offered transfers to its other supermarkets.

The Chester Street site is owned by the government.

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer said the government was ’actively marketing the property with the intention of attracting interested parties who are seeking available retail space in […]

Stagnation in Douglas Bay bathing quality

Committee Chair Callister critical of capital

There have been no improvements in the standard of water quality in Douglas Bay, according to the Chair of a Tynwald Environment Committee.

Rob Callister made the comments after Minister of Environment, Food and Agriculture Geoffrey Boot gave evidence at today’s (11 May) sitting in the Legislative Buildings.

Mr Boot cited his department’s investment to combat sewage discharge and agricultural slurry, but the MHK for Onchan rebutted the Minister’s claims, as bathing quality in Douglas bay remains sub standard.

Minister Boot says his department is ‘working hard for a solution’ with the Isle of Man Creameries as they continue to discharge whey into Douglas Harbour.

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Mind your language – Keys to modernise rules

The House of Keys has agreed to modernise its procedural language, which often assigns a gender to certain roles.

On Tuesday, all but one MHK voted to support a motion from Ann Corlett (Douglas Central) that, in future, standing orders should use gender neutral descriptions, where appropriate, instead of ’he’ or ’she’.

There was also a general mood to continue that attitude into future legislation.

Mrs Corlett’s motion came one week after new standing orders were approved for the election of any future chief minister. Those rules used the term ’he’, when referring to future chief ministers.

Mrs Corlett said: ’The point […]

MHKs caught on hop by SPC deal

The announcement of government plans to purchase the Steam Packet Company caught Tynwald members by surprise.

MHKs and MLCs were invited to a presentation in the Barrool Suite in the Tynwald building at 9am on Tuesday – but were informed only that the topic was a ’briefing on capital finances’.

For those that had not read the Isle of Man Examiner or seen that morning, the briefing by Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan about the £124m deal to buy the Steam Packet came as something of a shock.

With little time for a question and answer session before the House of […]

Island will do more to recoup prescription costs

Prescription costs are set to rise on the island soon, but since only 10% of prescriptions are paid for, could more be done to help the Manx health system?

A reader, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted the Manx Independent because of his concern that little seemed to be done to try to recoup more of the costs from patients who should be paying but aren’t.

He said: ’We need a new structure to collect prescription charges for the age group 16 to 65, persons who claim to be exempted should have to produce evidence of same.

’Even producing prescription exempt cards or […]

Government wants to scupper report calling for costs review of sewage treatment

The government is set to try to derail a select committee report calling for a costs review of its sewage treatment strategy.

It is poised to oppose several key recommendations from Tynwald’s environmental and infrastructure policy review committee next week.

Moreover, in a formal response, it criticises that committee’s report.

Manx Utilities chairman Ramsey MHK Dr Alex Allinson pens a foreword to the Council of Ministers’ response.

He claims the select committee, in calling for an independent review of costs of the strategy for Peel, St John’s and Central Valley, ignored an independent review commissioned by Manx Utilities.

He states: ’Manx Utilities are […]

Record number of cruise tourists expected

The Isle of Man is set to welcome a record number of cruise passengers in 2018 with more than 9,900 passengers arriving on 24 cruise ships due to visit this year.

This compares with 23 cruise days and 6,397 passengers welcomed ashore in 2017.

The figure for 2018 is itself due to be exceeded in 2019 with 37 cruise ships booked in so far to visit the Isle of Man in 2019 and bookings already in place for 2020 and 2021.

Rob Callister MHK, the Department for Enterprise politician with responsibility for tourism, said: ’It is very encouraging to report the […]

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