Tynwald backs £95k Manx Radio funding increase

manx radioManx Radio’s government funding is to increase to almost £1m in 2020 after Tynwald approved a £95,000 increase.

Juan Watterson SHK said there was “enough evidence” to show the station was not receiving “enough to provide the level of service expected”.

However, Julie Edge MHK said it was “unfair to the rest of our public sector” to increase funding “when we’re all about saving money”.

The funding will be reviewed after three years.

Politicians also backed the radio station’s plan to remain in its current building on Douglas Head and establish a trust to […]

20 October 2019|

Government to increase Manx Radio subvention

manx radioTynwald votes in favour of report after hours of debate

Manx Radio’s subvention will increase from almost £900,000 to £995,000, it has been confirmed.

Tynwald voted on the issue this afternoon, after several hours of debate on a report issued to the court by Manx Radio via its sponsor, the Treasury.

Tynwald has also voted for Manx Radio to stay at Broadcasting House.

Thirdly, a trust will be set up to ensure delivery of the terms of the license issued by the Communications Commission.

However, a move by Rob Callister MHK to tie the station […]

16 October 2019|

Calls to increase airport bus services for TT visitors

busMHK wants to explore transport improvement

Rob Callister says improving the bus links around the Island from Ronaldsway Airport is something that needs to be explored.

When Tynwald sits on Tuesday, he’s seeking more information on the capacity for bus travel during TT.

The Onchan MHK is putting a question to Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer.

Mr Callister says the number of those heading to the Island during the busiest period of the year means it’s important for (sic).

Source and audio interview: Manx Radio

14 October 2019|

Fairness of new rate reforms is questioned

Public meeting at Bemahague to discuss rate reforms.The proposed local authority rate reforms, due before Tynwald next week, have been branded unfair at a public meeting.

Residents, MHKs and local authority members attended a meeting with Minister for Policy and Reform Chris Thomas on Tuesday night at St Ninian’s Lower School.

The proposal is to replace the current mechanism of setting rates using a house’s rental value with an area-based figure calculated using aerial photography to create 3D images of every house in the island.

Early into the meeting, the issue of fairness […]

14 October 2019|

MHK asks ‘is there a housing crisis?’

manx radio interviewRob Callister to question the Cabinet Office

An MHK is asking whether the Isle of Man is experiencing a ‘housing crisis’ at the month’s Tynwald sitting.

Onchan member Rob Callister is putting the question to the Cabinet Office, with a request that the chief minister makes a statement on the issue.

It’s as an inquiry into the Eastern Area Plan is currently taking place.

Mr Callister says he’s keen to get Howard Quayle’s take on the Island’s housing need.

Source and audio interview: Manx Radio

14 October 2019|

TT bus services for Tynwald discussion

busWill there be more buses to and from the Airport for TT 2020?

Onchan MHK Rob Callister will ask the Infrastructure Minister in Tynwald next week.

He wants to know if his department will increase the number of buses to and from Ronaldsway to cope the the increasing volume of travellers.

This year, the number of TT visitors was up four per cent in comparison to 2018 and the highest since surveys began in 2010.

Source: 3FM

14 October 2019|

‘Housing crisis’ for Island?

Rob CallisterDoes the Isle of Man have a housing crisis?

Onchan MHK Rob Callister will pose the question to the Chief Minister in Tynwald next week.

He’ll ask if the Island has a crisis and if he’ll make a statement on the issue.

Tynwald is due to sat next Tuesday in Douglas from 10:30am.

Source: 3FM

14 October 2019|

Village welcomes the return of a bus shelter

Onchan residents have a new shelter to wait in for buses heading into Douglas.

The stop outside Bonds restaurant, formerly the Isle of Man Bank, had been without a shelter for some time.

The old one was removed to allow for the redevelopment of the building into a restaurant, flats and shops.

As we reported in last week’s Manx Independent, a replacement shelter, designed by Gold Properties Ltd.

However, after the skeleton of the shelter was put up, it drew the ire of residents, the commissioners and MHKs.

They all said the shelter was not […]

4 October 2019|

Isle of Man flooding: Clean-up operation continues

A clean-up operation is under way on the Isle of Man after severe flooding left people trapped in their homes.

The village of Laxey was cut off when the river burst its banks on Tuesday leaving several homes under 6ft (1.8m) of water.

One resident said the flooding was “an unmitigated disaster that could have been prevented”.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle said an action plan was being drawn up to “ensure it doesn’t happen again”.

Infrastructure minister Ray Harmer said the “massive clear-up” would continue in the village “for the next day or so”.

A major […]

4 October 2019|

Douglas horse trams halted to to help spur prom revamp

A horse drawn tram is tested on the new rails at Strathallan -The horse tram season has been cut short to “support the progress” of the £25m Douglas Promenade refurbishment, Isle of Man Transport has said.

This year’s season, which started a month later than planned, had been due to end on 3 November.

The trams had been running on a reduced track this summer.

Rob Callister MHK, who had called for the services to be suspended next year, said it was “the right decision”.

He added: “It will allow traffic flow on […]

1 October 2019|
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