Government wants us to have fun

Venture Centre, Isle of ManThe government wants residents to have fun by visiting attractions in the island.

But it needs help to make its plan work.

It is appealing to businesses in the tourism industry to offer free or cut-price tickets to their facilities over one weekend.

The initiative comes from Visit Isle of Man, the government body whose remit is similar to the old Tourist Board.

’On Your Doorstep – One Big Weekend 2020’ follows a similar event last year.

The purpose of the event, taking place over the weekend of March 14 and […]

21 January 2020|

If you’re planning to offer holiday accommodation, read this

Rob CallisterThe deadline for businesses to register their visitor accommodation for operation between February 2020 and February 2021 is January 24.

Providers including hotels, self-catering units, guest accommodation, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, farm-stays, inns, restaurants with rooms, serviced flats, campsites and hostels are all required to register their business with the Department for Enterprise to ensure they comply with the statutory requirements to offer visitor accommodation.

This also applies to individuals who want to list rooms or properties on websites such as Airbnb and

Rob Callister MHK, the politician responsible for […]

15 January 2020|

Public sector tenants to pay an estimated £28.5 million in rent

Ray Harmer MHK1.6% rise to bring in £500k

Tenants in public sector homes will pay out an estimated £28.5 million over the next financial year, after it was announced rents will go up by 1.9 per cent in April.

According to government forecasts, most of this income (£23.2 million) will come from local authorities, including Douglas Council, the Island’s largest housing provider.

The rest (£5 million) will be collected by the Department of Infrastructure, which looks after its own stock, and sets rents annually.

The 1.9 per cent rise will mean an extra £500,000 […]

10 January 2020|

What should the new TT races scoreboard look like?

TT leader boardThat’s the question being asked by government officials – and they want people to give their views before they make a decision.

The scoreboard, which is opposite the TT grandstand on Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, is deteriorating.

It was originally a mobile structure and incorporated into the current permanent structure in the late 1980s.

The Department for Enterprise, under whose remit the TT comes, says the condition of which has gradually deteriorated. It carried out significant works in 2018 to extend its operational life.

’Subsequent to this work, the condition of the scoreboard is […]

13 December 2019|

Big response expected to TT scoreboard consultation

TT leader boardDfE says ‘all options are open’

The man with political responsibility for the TT is expecting a big response to a consultation on the future look of the iconic Grandstand scoreboards.

The traditional wooden structure is reaching the end of its operational life and will be replaced in time for TT 2021.

Rob Callister from the Department for Enterprise says all options are open including a like for like replacement or a new facility incorporating modern technology.

Source and audio interview: Manx Radio

11 December 2019|

Health fears must be allayed

Portrait of Chris Thomas MHKThere will be no 5G network in the island unless all public health fears are allayed.

The Policy and Reform Minister gave this commitment in the same week that telecoms provider Sure announced it began trials of 5G in the island last week.

Chris Thomas was speaking as Tynwald voted to remove the requirement for telecoms infrastructure to go through the full planning process.

He said that the move ’is only applicable to licensed operators’ and would ensure ’a proportionate level of scrutiny that balances the need for technological […]

25 November 2019|

5G ‘won’t be allowed’ if proven harmful

 Chris ThomasTynwald approves planning changes to allow installation of telecoms equipment

More telecommunications infrastructure will now be able to be installed on the Isle of Man without going through the full planning process.

However, Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas confirmed there will be “no 5G in the Isle of Man”, if it’s proven the technology is harmful to humans:

Tynwald voted in favour of changes, allowing items such as cabinets and antennas to be built as permitted developments.

Onchan MHKs Rob Callister and Julie Edge were the only members to oppose the […]

20 November 2019|

Government puts TT broadcasts to tender

TT grandstandExpressions of interest sought by Department for Enterprise

Anyone who wants to provide the radio broadcasting for the TT, MGP and Motorsport Festival next year, and for four years after that, is being invited to express that interest.

The Department for Enterprise had been told by Tynwald to start the process.

Anyone who is interested has until 29 November to say so.

The contract would be for a five year period.

John Moss asked political member for motorsport, Rob Callister if money was the deciding factor.

Source & short audio interview: Manx Radio

13 November 2019|

Inaugural IPA Tour event on Isle of Man soil hailed a big success

IPA Pool competition at the Palace Hotel Douglas.The first International Professional Pool Players Association (IPA) Tour event to take place in the Isle of Man was held last weekend.

The prestigious competition, which formed the final round of the 2019 tour series, was hosted by the Palace Hotel and Casino in Douglas.

Feedback has been very positive after such a promising weekend, with more than 90 per cent of the players already eagerly anticipating a return visit next year.

The world’s leading players were joined by 30 or so island entrants looking forward […]

1 November 2019|

More time on Sunday for first TT practice

No qualifying on Saturday evening

There’s a big change in the schedule at the start of TT 2020.

There will be no Saturday evening practice session.

The opening qualifying will take place Sunday afternoon and early evening.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister is the member responsible for the TT at the Department for Enterprise – he says it’s a better way to start the fortnight.

Source and audio interview: Manx Radio

1 November 2019|
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