Braddan Commissioners & Zero Waste Mann launch ‘No Waste in Braddan’

Zero Waste Flyer crop

‘No waste In Braddan’….it sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? But that’s the ambitious title of a new initiative launched on 15th September 2014 by Braddan Parish Commissioners in conjunction with Zero Waste Mann. Read on to find out how they plan to make the Parish an example of good practice in upping recycling rates to improve both the environmental and the financial picture for residents.

Did you know that your recycling actually earns money for the Parish? Good quality recycling; i.e. plastic, metal and paper which has been collected, cleaned and sorted, is actually a saleable commodity these days. Where once these things would have gone to landfill, creating a slew of environmental headaches for future generations, they’re now a source of valuable income to local authorities in much of the developed world.

And the Isle of Man’s no exception; for years now, both commercial and domestic residents have been encouraged to engage their brains before binning things – and to identify those which could be recycled and live to be used another day.

The forward-thinking Commissioners in Braddan are very much alive to this issue, being one of the small number of parishes which offers kerbside collections. Fortnightly collections take place in both Braddan and Douglas, and allow householders to recycle their paper, glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, aerosols, aluminium foil and plastic bottles, from the convenience of their homes. Meanwhile, collections of paper, brown cardboard and green waste take place in Malew.

Not content with having set up their kerbside collections scheme, Braddan Commissioners have teamed up with the folks at waste reduction enthusiasts Zero Waste Mann, a local charity, to encourage their parishioners to up their efforts. The aim being to make Braddan into a shining example of what can be done to conserve and recycle our resources and keep our Island rubbish free.

The team has a packed year of events in mind and a number of announcements will be made in the coming months. The scheme itself launches on Monday 15th September with a launch event at 2pm at the Commissioners’ offices in Union Mills. Following this, Zero Waste Mann are working with the Commissioners’ staff to plan film evenings, school visits, discussion evenings and a family challenge – “Slim Your Bin”, where a small number of households will be invited to assess their recycling performance at the outset and then see how big a change they can make, just by putting some new habits into practice. It promises to be an interesting event!

It’s not just domestic waste that the Commissioners are targeting: they’re keen to engage with the business community, to find ways in which cost-effective waste recycling can be put into practice (and where it’s already happening, to share tips with other organisations).

Commissioners’ Chairman, Andrew Jessopp said; “We’re really optimistic we can help people bring about significant changes in the coming year. The pay-offs are multiple; less waste cluttering our landscape and bins, more money for the Parish through profitable recycling and reduced incineration charges, and increasing pride in our local environment. Plus there’s the added benefit of, we hope, some fun – the Zero Waste Mann team aim to get people talking to one another, and to start some friendly competition in a number of locations. We think Braddan’s the best Parish on the Island in a number of respects, and we aim to keep it that way!”

Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook Page for details of forthcoming events.

The first event we have planned is a film night at the Memorial Hall on Friday 26 September; doors open at 7pm for a 7.15 start. We’ll be showing a short film called “The Story of Stuff”. More details to follow. Keep an eye on our Events calendar for future events.

CONTACTS FOR MORE INFORMATION

Moira Radcliffe (moira@braddan.im), Deputy Clerk and Finance Officer to the Commissioners at Braddan Commissioners’ offices, or

Muriel Garland (murielgarland@wm.im), Chair of Zero Waste Mann

Cronk Grianagh Park – Vehicles

Cronk Grianagh Park - Playground

Last weekend a car and a motorbike were driven into Cronk Grianagh Park. Please note that cars, motorbikes and motor scooters are not permitted in the park unless with the express permission of the Commissioners. This is not the first time vehicles have been seen in the park.

Anyone found with a vehicle within the park will be contacted by the Police.

Braddan Parish Day 2015 – Volunteers needed

Braddan Parish Day 2015

DSCF2561

We’re looking for some volunteers to help with our next Parish Day on 4 May 2015.

We’d like to form a small committee to come up with ideas and to organise the next event. The last two Parish Days have been arranged by the Commissioners’ staff and whilst we’ve made a lot of useful contacts, it would be great if the event became more community led.

The aim would be to hold some monthly meetings over the winter so it wouldn’t be too onerous a task.

So if you think you can help please contact the Commissioners’ Office.

Click here to see some of the fun we had in May this year.

Braddan Parish Day – Charity Presentation

Parish Day Charity Presentation 2014

Photo L to R George Fincher, Joe Collister, Ken Callister, Andrew Jessopp, Don Ault.

 

The Commissioners’ Chairman, Andrew Jessopp said he was delighted at the amount of money that had been raised by the Parish Day. A total of £1421.75 had been donated either on the day in charity buckets and the raffle or via stall pitch fees. He thanked the Commissioners’ staff for their hard work in organising and overseeing a very well attended and enjoyable family day out and all of the stall holders and businesses that had made it possible. Mr Jessopp added that the Commissioners had selected three charities to support; The Manx Workshop for the Disabled, The Ardwhallan Jubilee Trust and the Manx Energy Advice Centre and was pleased to present them each with a cheque for £473.92.

Mr Ault from The Manx Workshop for the Disabled said the money would be swiftly put to use as the workshop had recently experienced some issues with its machinery. The money would be used to purchase new parts to repair and restore the equipment. Mr Ault explained to the Commissioners that the workshop was funded by grants and fundraising as well any funds raised from the sale of their products.  The workshop provides meaningful employment to disabled people and acts as a stepping stone to enable them to move on to gainful employment in the future.

Ken Callister from the Ardwhallan Jubilee Trust thanked the Commissioners for their ongoing support, not only the money received today but also the allowances they grant for the Rates, which helps young people from the whole island who use Ardwhallan Outdoor Centre.  Mr Callister explained that the Trust pays for the equipment and running costs of the centre and the Department of Education fund the staffing costs. He introduced Joe Collister who had worked his way through their young instructors training programme and was now working at the Centre as an instructor. He went onto explain that the centre is used by schools for many different courses. It allows children who aren’t academic who are often classed as difficult, to test themselves, learn team building and build strong characters by getting cold and wet and cooking over a camp stove. The Centre also enables schools to expand the offering to those studying GCSEs in Physical Education; it no longer has to be just team and field sports as they offer sailing, kayaking and climbing facilities.  Mr Callister said the centre needs this kind of support to continue providing the services to young people across the island.

George Fincher from the Manx Energy Advice Centre thanked the Commissioners for their support, he said the money would be used to help fund the work carried out by the Charity at the Green Centre, in Chester Street. They had recently sourced some LED light panels and the donation would enable them to purchase more of these to demonstrate from the centre. Mr Fincher explained that the centre provides advice to homeowners, businesses and government on how to save energy and cut costs.

The next Braddan Parish Day will be held on the first May Bank Holiday (4th) in 2015. The Commissioners would like to hear from individuals and/or businesses that could help plan and organise the day, or suggestions to make it bigger and even better than this year’s event.

 

 

 

 

Mobile Family Library

Mobile-Library-2

The Mobile Family Library visits Braddan every other  Wednesday and stops at the following locations:-

10.00 Outside the Commissioners Office

10.50 Cronkbourne Village

11.15 Strang Close

11.30 Ballamillaghyn

Mobile-Library-inside

It’s such a great resource that some of the Commissioners’ members of staff have recently become members. It carries a large selection of books and you can order books and audio books from their computer catalogue of over 36,000 items.

For more information please see the Mobile Family Library website

Braddan General Byelaws approved by Tynwald

Local authority general byelaws are made by a local authority under the powers of section 28 of the Local Government Act 1985. However, under Tynwald standing orders the Minister for Infrastructure has responsibility for reporting to Tynwald on the Byelaws. These byelaws are designed to deal with matters affecting a local community and the Minister for Infrastructure is primarily to facilitate the referral of the local authority byelaws to this honourable Court for approval.

The byelaws are intended to regulate various activities and are aimed at preventing and suppressing nuisances or minor acts of anti – social behaviour within the parish district of Braddan. This general power is subject to the proviso that the subject matter of the byelaws must not already be covered by other legislation and that the byelaws must be approved by Tynwald.

The byelaws have been subject to extensive consultation within the community of Braddan and have been formally approved by Braddan Parish Commissioners.

The Braddan General Byelaws are similar to General Byelaws that have been recently approved for Ramsey and Douglas.

Concerns were raised about the byelaws being draconian but many of the byelaws include a proviso which means that the byelaw will only apply if the activity the person is involved in creates a danger or nuisance or annoyance to other persons.  In addition, local authorities need to demonstrate that, where applicable, the byelaws are designed to deal with genuine problems in their district.

People have been concerned about overzealous enforcement of the byelaws. Although enforcement of the bylaws can be undertaken by police officers, or by an authorised officer of the local authority, it is a directive from the Commissioners that considerable discretion be exercised when enforcing the byelaws. A verbal or a written warning may be all that is required, especially if juveniles are involved, and any action through the Courts is only likely to be considered if all other options have proved unsuccessful.

The wording of the general byelaws will be uniform as this will help ensure continuity across the Island, but it is up to each individual local authority to decide which of the model bylaws they wish to adopt. It is likely therefore, that any general byelaws which are made by a parish authority will not contain as many provisions as those from a larger local authority district.

Braddan has an important role to play in developing recreational and sporting facilities in their district and the Commissioners have been proactive in recent times and have built major new developments in recent years such as the urban skate park and BMX track in Grianagh Park.

The new general byelaws will replace similar general byelaws which were made in 1991 and which ceased to have effect in 2011.  Many of the provisions in the 1991 byelaws have been reproduced in the new 2014 byelaws.

The byelaws were approved by Tynwald on 17th July 2014 and come into operation on 1st August 2014.

A copy of the byelaws can be found below.