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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
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
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.
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Mr Lewin, who was dismissed for gross misconduct in 2007, sought damages for wrongful dismissal and loss of his pension rights to a value, he claimed, to be in excess of £1million.
Whilst Mr Lewin had always claimed that the damages he was seeking were considerable, he did not produce anything to the Courts to substantiate that claim.
Unfortunately for the ratepayers the legal costs of this case have exceeded £250,000, however the Authority was left with no choice but to defend the action because of his unjustified substantial claim, a stance that was supported with a legal opinion from Mr Philip Coppel QC.
They now intend to try and recover these costs from Mr Lewin as well as a substantial sum of money that they have lodged as a counter claim to Mr Lewin’s action.
The Commissioners wished to record their grateful thanks to their legal team, and all their staff who have endured a great deal of pressure and stress over these past 4 1/2 years as the matter slowly ground its way through the Court system.
They are encouraged that the unjustified actions of Mr Lewin have reached the correct conclusion and this now allows them to press on with their everyday work and development plans without the unwarranted time and financial restrictions caused by this failed litigation.
The Authority hope that its ratepayers will now understand that the removal of this liability played a part in the Authority’s 6p rate reduction announced last week.
The lengthy judgement is available shortly on the IOM Courts website; see links below:-
J C Whiteway MBA
7th February 2014
At the meeting of the Commissioners held on Thursday 23rd March 2014, the Chairman Mr Andrew Jessopp announced that the Commissioners’ rate for 2014/15 would be set at 219p in the pound, a reduction of 6p from the previous year.
Very careful consideration was given to the potential costs of the Authority’s development plans for the …forthcoming year, details of which will be released in their Business Plan in April, as well as the increased waste disposal charges predominantly due to the staged removal of the central government subsidy of the gate fees at the Energy from Waste plant.
As a way to counter balance these increased charges the Commissioners remain heavily committed to the principle of recycling and in particular the kerbside collection service. They ask all residents to continue their participation in this scheme and to remain committed to recycling as it helps to offset other rising waste disposal costs.
Whilst making their decision on the rates the Commissioners were very conscious of the impact on its residents of the proposed increase in the all island water rate and the introduction of a new flat rate sewage rate, which now transpires to be £50 per household.
The Commissioners have, over recent years, adopted a policy of building sufficient reserves to allow them to react to unforeseen circumstances that require a large capital commitment, and cover any other liabilities including legal actions.
The improving chances of seeing an end to a longstanding potential liability was a contributory factor in the Board’s decision to reduce the rate, and they hope to release further details of this over the next few weeks.
The Commissioners will continue to examine ways of keeping the rates to the lowest possible level, whilst still maintaining a good value for money service, by entering into working relationships with other Authorities in order to try and achieve savings through economies of scale.
In concluding his speech Mr Jessopp stated this reduction may be a short term issue because, like other Local Authorities, the Board is unsure of the implications of the changes to Central Government in the light of the Scope of Government report and what impact it will have on the Parish; but at least the reduction will help cushion any other burden passed over to ratepayers in these continuing difficult economic times.
J C Whiteway MBA
Many changes have taken place over the past few years in the way in which Braddan Commissioners work, and they feel that 2014 is the time for further change.
Not only is 2014 the Authority’s 120th anniversary year, it is also the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of one its more famous parishioners, Archibald Knox, who was born on 9th April 1864 in Cronkbourne Village in Braddan and buried in Braddan Church in 1933.
Archibald Knox’s designs were synonymous with British Art Nouveau and he is regarded as being a prominent influence in the Arts and Crafts movement. His Celtic designs and calligraphy are world famous and iconic in the Isle of Man.
The Commissioners have used Knox’s distinctive style to create a new logo and image for the Authority which will be launched on 1st January.
The previous emblem, the Thorliefs Cross, has been replaced by a design creatively adapted from a piece of Archibald Knox’s work, which they feel helps to celebrate an imaginative step forward in the development of the Authority.
In addition to its Facebook Page a new more interactive website is under construction and a new email address, braddan at braddan.im comes into effect later this year.
Pursuing the theme of celebrating Knox, the Commissioners are working closely with, amongst others, the Archibald Knox Society, Manx National Heritage, Manx Heritage Foundation, IoM Arts Council, Department of Education, Douglas Corporation and Douglas Development Partnership under the Chairmanship of Mrs Clare Christian President of Tynwald, to help create a lasting legacy of Knox for the island by assisting organisations and authorities to pursue ideas they might have for this purpose.
As part of its contribution the Commissioners are, with the Department of Education and Manx National Heritage, developing plans to open one of the cottages in Cronkbourne Village to showcase Knox’s life, work and style and details will be released later in the year.
The Commissioners wish to acknowledge the creative input of Mannin Media into this change process.
They hope people will join them at their Parish Day, Monday 5th May 2014 on Strang Corner Field where, Braddan based businesses can demonstrate their own innovative an distinctive skills and contribution to the island.
J C Whiteway MBA