Joined-up approach needed to tackle youth crime

MHKs discuss antisocial behaviour in Onchan

Politicians, police and youth groups are all needed to help tackle antisocial behaviour in Onchan, according to the region’s MHKs.

The issue has been under the spotlight after toilets in Onchan Park were vandalised days after being refurbished.

Other unsavoury incidents in the village include similar damage at a sports club in February, and a disturbance linked to the death of an elderly woman last year.

Rob Callister and Julie Edge discussed the problem with Local […]

10 April 2021|

Competition Bill to return to Keys

Proceedings had been halted due to ‘confusion’

The Competition Bill is to return to the House of Keys next week (Tuesday, 30 March) after it was halted by confusion on Tuesday.

The bill aims to prevent against unfair competition if a firm has a dominant position in a market.

The clauses were being debated when an amendment, from Onchan MHK Rob Callister, couldn’t be clarified.

It’s now thought at some point during the process the amendment numbers had changed.

Speaker Juan Watterson says a solution has been found but insists stopping proceedings this week was necessary:

29 March 2021|

‘Bubbles’ are under review says chief minister

Infection rate must improve first says Quayle

The chief minister has confirmed he is reviewing whether ‘bubbles’ can be introduced in this lockdown.

Howard Quayle was asked about the issue in Tynwald this week.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister claimed single parents were struggling as the Island entered a second week of the circuit break.

Mr Quayle said the issue was being looked at:

11 March 2021|

Changes to dog walking rules for those isolating

Dog walkerPeople will now be allowed to walk the dog of someone who is self-isolating.

Updated guidance on the matter has been shared by Onchan MHK Rob Callister, which states if someone is collecting and walking the dog of someone in quarantine they must not come into close contact with the owner or any other household members or go into the home.

The advice also states once you’ve finished walking the dog to, where possible, leave the animal in an area where the owners aren’t present such as a yard, garden or shed.

Leads […]

9 March 2021|

Isle of Man’s first facility for sex offence victims to open

Photo by PA mediaThe Isle of Man is to open its first dedicated facility for victims of sexual offences.

The centre will “protect and support” people, integrating several services under one roof, the government said.

It will mean most forensic examinations are done on-island while currently some victims are required to travel to the UK for specialist care.

The facility will open in phases from August and be fully operational by February 2022.

Work to convert the central Douglas site, which was previously a GP surgery, will begin in April and is expected to last eight […]

2 March 2021|

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|
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