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|

Eastern Area Plan inquiry was intimidating, say those who took part

‘It felt like a court room’

The inquiry into the Eastern Area Plan has been described as an intimidating experience by some of those who took part.

Members of the public were invited to make their views known on the Cabinet Office’s proposals for land use across the most populated part of the Island.

The inquiry, which was chaired by independent planning inspector Mike Hurley, closed on 2 October.

Despite being billed as ‘inquisitorial, rather than adversarial’, some described the cross-examination by barristers as uncomfortable.

Witnesses and those observing from the public gallery described some of the […]

28 October 2019|

‘Work had to be done by election’

Department of Infrastructure officers were told the promenade regeneration had to be finished by the next election, Tynwald has heard.

The first report of the committee looking into the regeneration scheme was received at the October Tynwald sitting.

Committee member Chris Robertshaw (Douglas East) told members that during a briefing on the much criticised scheme, a ’courageous’ officer had ’effectively said: “We were told it had to be done by the election”.

Mr Robertshaw added: ’That has told us that effectively we applied a loose political decision to a massive project because it suited political […]

25 October 2019|

No TT Zero for next two years

TT Zero John McGuinessTT organisers have confirmed that there will be no TT Zero races at the next two events.

A statement released by the Department of Enterprise on Monday afternoon said: ’After a successful 10-year programme, the Isle of Man Government’s Department for Enterprise, as promoters of the TT, has confirmed that they will hold a moratorium on the TT Zero class participation in the race schedule in both 2020 and 2021.

’The decision follows a period of significant milestones and success, however, the running of this class and participation of […]

22 October 2019|

Are we facing a housing crisis?

Chief Minister Howard Quayle was this week called on to give a clear answer on whether the island was facing a housing crisis.

The question came in Tynwald on Tuesday as concerns were raised over apparently conflicting figures being given out by government over the number of properties currently lying empty. There has also been criticism of projections of housing needs.

Although Mr Quayle did not state explicitly there was no housing crisis in the island, in response to a direct question in Tynwald from Rob Callister (Onchan), Mr Quayle did appear […]

22 October 2019|
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