Government Consultation – Improve the Planning System

The Isle of Man planning system seeks to manage development and balance sometimes competing interests. In recent months issues have been highlighted in a review carried out by officers for the Council of Ministers and in light of this some changes are clearly necessary.

This is your opportunity to help Government make the right decisions for the planning system and prepare properly to bring these changes into operation. Your views will be helpful whatever your experiences of the planning system – for example making or commenting on planning applications, participating in the preparation of planning policy, or the environmental and heritage aspects of our Island.

To find out more and to make comments please visit: Improve the Planning System

The deadline for comments has been extended up to the 8th January 2018

Braddan Commissioners present cheques to the Rob Vine Fund and the TT Riders Association.

Braddan Commissioners’ Chairman, Andrew Jessopp recently presented representatives from the Rob Vine Fund and the TT Riders Association with cheques for £311.85.

The money was raised from racing fans during this year’s TT and Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling at the Commissioners’ Memorial Hall in Union Mills. The garden is always popular with spectators and the Commissioners open the hall for the use of Marshalls and fans free of charge.

Andrew Jessopp said “Braddan Commissioners have organised charity collections at the Memorial Hall for several years and we’re grateful to the fans who donated so generously to these worthwhile causes”.

Andrew Jessopp, Chairman of Braddan Commissioners, presenting a cheque for £311.95 to Mrs Frances Thorp from the TT Riders Association.

Andrew Jessopp, Chairman of Braddan Commissioners, presenting a cheque for £311.95 to Stuart Greaves, and Dr Stevens from the Rob Vine Fund

Braddan Commissioners present cheques to the Friends of the Hyperbaric Chamber, Rebecca House and the Injured Riders Association

Braddan Commissioners’ Chairman, Andrew Jessopp presented representatives from the Friends of the Hyperbaric Chamber, Rebecca House and the Injured Riders Association with cheques for £473.95.

The money was raised during Braddan Parish Day which was held earlier this year on 23 July at Strang Corner Field. The event was organised by the Commissioners as a family fun day with free children’s entertainment, charity and food stalls.

Andrew Jessopp said “This was the fourth Parish Day we’ve organised and it was a very successful event, the monies were raised from stall fees, a raffle and donation boxes around the field. We’re very grateful to all the businesses that provided sponsorship for the children’s entertainment, the stall holders and everyone who helped make the day such a success”.

Andrew Jessopp, Chairman of Braddan Commissioners, presenting a cheque for £473.95 to Debbie Barron from the Friends of the Hyperbaric Chamber

Andrew Jessopp, Chairman of Braddan Commissioners, presenting a cheque for £473.95 to Lynsey Christian and Steven Downward from Rebecca House

Andrew Jessopp, Chairman of Braddan Commissioners, presenting a cheque for £473.95 to Mrs Wyn Evans from the Injured Riders Association.

 

Strang Corner Field – Community Leisure Facility – Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are sought from persons who are interested in a business opportunity within the Commissioners proposed new community facility at Strang Corner Field which is adjacent to Palatine Health Centre and Nobles Hospital.

The plans for the facility are available for viewing at the Commissioners Offices in Union Mills, and the spaces available would lend themselves to the following commercial enterprises:-

  • Pharmacy (preferably dispensing)
  • Dental Practice (2 chair)
  • Optician/Physiotherapy/ or health related business
  • Soft play area
  • Gymnasium and yoga/pilates/ exercise area
  • Coffee shop/ refreshment facility suitable for 100 covers
  • Children’s nursery suitable for 30 pre-school children

The facility incorporates an indoor hall 19m x 34m and 9m in height. This will be managed by the Authority and allows numerous sports and community events. The hall has a 120 fixed seat viewing gallery.

The building has generous car parking, and exterior children’s play areas.

There is also 3 acres of open green space which incorporates a 500m pathway around the area. The Authority would like to hear from any sporting clubs or organisations who would interested in using the Hall or open space. A letter or email to the address below would be appreciated.

Part of the green space includes a flat area 60m x 25m suitable for marquees which is also a business opportunity for activities  such as weddings or other events.

All contacts will be dealt with the utmost confidence but must be accompanied by an indication of the lease charge the business would be prepared to pay. Acceptable proposals could lead to the signing of Heads of Agreement.

Consideration could also be given to the commercial operation of the entire site.

Subject to all necessary procedures, work could commence in June 2018 with completion in 18 months.

Responses expressing an interest should be received by 26th May 2017

For further details contact:-

J C Whiteway MBA

The Clerk, Commissioners’ Office, Close Corran, Union Mills, Braddan, IM4 4LZ

colin@braddan.im

Shared Housing Waiting List for the East of the Island

Consideration is being given to establishing a shared housing waiting list for the east of the Island.

The initiative would strengthen the working partnership between central and local government and provide applicants for public sector housing with access to properties in a wider geographical area.

Braddan Commissioners, Garff Commissioners and the Department of Infrastructure will contact applicants on their existing housing waiting lists to explain the proposal and the potential benefits.

The combined eastern housing waiting list would operate in a similar way to initiatives already in place in the south and underway in the north of the Island. It would provide access to any general needs public sector housing owned by either Braddan Commissioners or the Department of Infrastructure.

The provision of shared housing waiting lists meets one of the objectives of the Programme for Government, as part of the work to support an inclusive and caring Island.

Andrew Jessopp of Braddan Commissioners said: ‘We are looking forward to working with the other Local Authorities on the shared list and feel it is a positive step forward for those wishing to live in the east and indeed a benefit to the Island.’

Nigel Dobson, Chairman of Garff Commissioners, added:  ‘Garff Commissioners welcome the opportunity to be working with Braddan Commissioners and the Department to maximise the opportunity for choice a shared waiting list will provide.’

Onchan District Commissioners have decided not to participate in the eastern shared housing waiting list at this time, but will continue to monitor developments and are keen to explore other ways of working with Braddan and Garff Commissioners.

The Department of Infrastructure and Braddan Commissioners will shortly be writing to existing applicants to explain in more detail the proposed changes and benefits of the new system.

CHANGE TO REFUSE COLLECTIONS FROM NEXT WEEK

Just a reminder to all Braddan residents and businesses that the change to their refuse collection starts next week (Tuesday 4 April).

All domestic and commercial refuse collections have been moved to a Tuesday, starting at 6am.

We’d be grateful if you could make sure your bins are out in time to minimize disruption to the round.