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So far Rob Callister has created 276 blog entries.

8th Feb to 17th Feb 2019

2019-02-16T10:31:54+00:0016 February 2019|

Blog 17 Feb 19I don’t know if anyone remembers the TV show called “Quantum Leap” in which a former scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time due to an experiment gone wrong, resulting in him leaping into a different person each week……

Definitely […]

DEFA minister defends interested party policy amidst criticism

2019-02-12T19:39:06+00:0012 February 2019|

Marown Commissioners disappointed with stance

The environment, food and agriculture minister says his department was right to change the criteria for interested party status (IPS), but a commissioner insists what’s happened is wrong.

Minister Geoffrey Boot says some were using the status, which grants the right to appeal planning decisions, to delay […]

MHK Blog 1st to 7th Feb 2019

2019-02-09T21:18:19+00:009 February 2019|

Blog 7 Feb 19I saw a comment online this week asking why MHK’s ask silly questions in the House of Keys and Tynwald or ask questions that appear to be very minor on the surface, especially when the Isle of Man has so […]

MHK Blog 28th to 31st January 2019

2019-02-02T09:05:57+00:002 February 2019|

Blog 3 Feb 19This week is the start of what I consider to be a very busy period for me, which will lead up to the 2019 Budget. The Treasury Minister will be delivering his third Budget on Tuesday 19th February in Tynwald, […]

MHK Blog 21st to 27th January 2019

2019-01-26T09:43:57+00:0026 January 2019|

Blog 27 Jan 19It has definitely been a strange week with a few meetings and briefings cancelled at the last minute, but I have involved myself in a number of Constituent matters this week that required very detailed correspondence to be drafted.

A massive […]

Housing deficiency rises above £6m

2019-01-24T14:28:19+00:0024 January 2019|

The government will need to pay out more than £6m to cover the local authority housing deficiency in the 2019-20 financial year.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister asked in this week’s Tynwald sitting how much the Department of Infrastructure was providing local authorities to cover housing deficiencies.

Douglas, the island’s largest authority with […]

‘They don’t enforce planning’

2019-01-23T15:05:23+00:0023 January 2019|

A committee is calling for evidence following calls by Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper to investigate planning policy.

Chairman of the policy review committee Rob Callister MHK has confirmed the committee is going to conduct an inquiry into the operation of the planning system, with particular reference to planning enforcement.

Mr Hooper […]

MHK claims rising incinerator costs ‘unfair’ on local authorities

2019-01-23T15:03:31+00:0023 January 2019|

Callister questions costs

A 5.7% increase in gate fees at the Energy From Waste Plant (EFW) is unfair on local authorities according to an MHK, and shouldn’t be taken at ‘face value’.

The hike comes into force from 1 April and will result in charges of £91.93 per tonne for domestic waste, and £183.04 for commercial waste.

The […]

MHK Blog 14th to 20th January 2019

2019-01-19T20:48:03+00:0019 January 2019|

Blog 20 Jan 19This week was definitely “High Noon” for UK Politics as our Parliamentary colleagues in Westminster finally got to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which has dominated UK media coverage for the past eighteen months.

The debate certainly escalated to a […]