Laxey Wheel unlikely to turn this year – MNH trustee

Laxey WheelCallister says repairs important for tourist offering

Laxey Wheel is unlikely to turn this year.

That’s the view of Manx National Heritage trustee and Onchan MHK Rob Callister.

The Lady Isabella needs extensive repairs before being able to operate again and funding to fix the structure is not agreed.

Mr Callister says the money required is nearly half-a-million-pounds:

Garff MHK Martyn Perkins is concerned one of the Island’s iconic assets has been allowed to get in a state of disrepair.

He blames a lack of ongoing maintenance:

Source: […]

22 February 2021|

Save Niarbyl cottage say campaigners

Niarbyl CottageA campaign has begun to overturn a planning decision to allow the demolition of a traditional Manx cottage in Niarbyl and replace it with a flat-roofed structure almost twice the size.

It comes after Rob Callister MHK – as a member of the government department responsible for planning – overturned the decision of an independent planning inspector to reject the plans for an energy-saving style property on the site of the 160-year-old cottage Ballacain.

Robert Husband, who lives next to the property, said: ’The astounding and disgraceful thing is that the […]

28 December 2020|

Plans to replace Manx cottage with modern building ‘wrong’

Former owner campaigns to overturn planning approval

The former owner of a Manx cottage in the west of the Island hopes the decision to demolish and replace it with a more modern structure will be overturned.

Bill Dale, who previously owned Ballacain in Dalby, says support for the proposals is ‘wrong’ and needs to be looked at again.

A planning inspector recommended the design be refused, but stand-in planning minister Rob Callister MHK gave the larger, flat-roofed building the go-ahead.

Mr Dale, who plans to submit a petition of doleance to the courts, hopes the approval will […]

24 December 2020|

Manx economy braced for uncertain times ahead

Treasury minister says much depends on border and vaccine

The treasury minister says the Manx economy faces both internal and external challenges entering the new year.

Alf Cannan points to many factors which will help recovery including safely opening the borders as soon as practicable and a successful rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

He says he’s been clear from the start of the pandemic not all businesses will survive, but believes government support schemes have helped many.

Mr Cannan is encouraging people to spend on-island as much as possible:

Onchan MHK Rob Callister has […]

5 December 2020|

Support for businesses hit by TT cancellation

Rob Callister, MHKGovernment support will be made available to businesses affected by TT 2021’s cancellation.

Treasury and the Department for Enterprise have announced they will be providing access to a range of financial support schemes and government backed loans to support tourism and travel businesses who need to return deposits or rearrange bookings.

Businesses are also advised to make contact with customers regarding their plans in order to support them.

The department has announced it will extend all of the existing support schemes for a further month.

These include both the Salary Support Scheme […]

30 November 2020|

New cancer strategy in the new year

David Ashford, MHKA new cancer strategy will be finalised in early 2021 which will introduce a more integrated pathway for cancer patients and survivors.

Health and Social Care Minister David Ashford was asked to provide an update on Oncology services at Noble’s Hospital by Julie Edge (Onchan).

Mr Ashford said oncology, like many other areas in the DHSC, was going through changes as the island ’transitions’ towards Manx Care.

He added: ’This new cancer strategy presents an integrated model for cancer services for the future, aiming to provide a supportive pathway for those […]

27 November 2020|

Historic TT scoreboard finds new home with Manx National Heritage

TT scoreboardManx National Heritage, the charity responsible for the care and promotion of the Isle of Man’s heritage, is delighted to have been given part of the famous TT scoreboard.

There have been several incarnations of the iconic scoreboard over successive decades which is also used for other events including the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT, but it is believed that the sections to be salvaged incorporate some of the earliest parts, possibly from as early as the 1920s.

It is intended to incorporate a section of the scoreboard in the TT Gallery […]

9 October 2020|

Scouts to say farewell to TT scoreboard

TT scoreboardCubs and explorers invited for goodbye picture

Scouts are being invited to be photographed one last time in front of the iconic TT scoreboard.

Standing for over 100 years, the board took 70 scouts to operate it, keeping Grandstand fans up to date with the riders progress.

It’s being taken down.

When a consultation on its future was held last year (2019), Motorsport political member Rob Callister made this promise:

Cubs, scouts and explorers are invited to turn up in full uniform at 10’o clock on Saturday morning (10) at the bottom of pit […]

8 October 2020|

More than 260 take up free bus offer

Bus VanninThe offer of 18 free bus journeys in and out of Douglas have been snapped up by 265 residents, Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker has told Tynwald.

Residents of Onchan and parts of Garff are able to obtain free tickets from Bus Vannin as a concession after new traffic arrangements led to congestion in Onchan and at St Ninian’s crossroads.

In response to a question from Jason Moorhouse (Arbory, Castletown and Malew), Mr Baker revealed that 189 Onchan residents have taken up the offer, with 15 tickets issued to Baldrine and 61 […]

29 August 2020|

MHK calls on police and commissioners to combat vandalism

Rob Callister, MHKCallister believes local and national approach needed

Onchan MHK Rob Callister is calling on the police and local commissioners to work together to combat antisocial behaviour.

He says there are well-known hotspots within his constituency which could be covered by CCTV, and locked up at night.

Mr Callister believes national politicians need to address the bigger issues in society, which could be contributing to the problem.

However, he says there are more immediate actions that can be taken at a local level:

26 August 2020|
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