Strang Road – No Waiting Restrictions – Draft Order

Please find attached a draft copy of an Order which the Department is proposing to make and which will be advertised in the local press. Hard copies are available for inspection at Braddan Commissioners Office.

Any objections to the proposals which you may wish to make should be sent to Highway Services, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas, IM1 2RF on or before Thursday 23 February 2017.

Reduction in Braddan Rates for 2017/18

BRADDAN RATE SET AT 200P IN THE POUND

At a meeting of the Board held on 19 January the Commissioners voted to set a Parish rate of 200p in the pound for 2017/18; a reduction of 2.44% on last year. The discount for prompt payment will remain at 5%.

This is the fifth rate reduction in as many years and has been made possible due to a number of factors including savings identified in administration costs and most notably a reduction in the cost of providing the Refuse and Recycling services.

The Board will always continue to examine potential savings and with this in mind, they aim to work more closely with neighbouring authorities to identify common areas where economies of scale would benefit all. However, they cannot guarantee that the rate will continue to fall as the increases in costs across government services are bound to impact on the rate at some point in the coming years.

The Commissioners were delighted that the proposed community centre project at the Strang Corner Field received planning approval in November 2016. All the costs incurred to date have been met from reserves. Further consideration will be given to the project in the next few months to make sure the plans as proposed are affordable and changes made if required.

In terms of housing, the sale of Cronkbourne Village is currently ongoing and the Commissioners are confident it will be sold shortly and a new and enhanced chapter in its history will commence under the new owners. The demolition of Snugborough Farm House in Union Mills, which is now in the ownership of the Authority, offers an opportunity to explore building additional affordable housing with the potential for a number of different tenures.

In addition to the general running of the Authority, their budgeted projects for the forthcoming year are:

  • Heritage Trail – various improvements are being considered to promote the use of this as an active travel route into Douglas
  • Upgrading the safety surfacing in the Commissioners’ playgrounds
  • Implementing a Woodland Management Plan to safeguard the Heritage Trail and Cronk Grianagh Park for future generations
  • A master plan for Cronk Grianagh Park

Strang Road Traffic Calming Measures

We have had some complaints from residents regarding the traffic calming measures which have been installed this week on Strang Road.

Just to be clear, the scheme was devised and implemented by the Department of Infrastructure, and whilst the Commissioners were aware that something was to happen, we were not advised of the layout.

The scheme has been funded from taxes and not from local authority rates.

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Braddan Commissioners’ Christmas Opening Hours

Please find below the Commissioners’ opening hours over Christmas and New Year:-

Monday 26 December – CLOSED

Tuesday 27 December – CLOSED

Wednesday 28 December – CLOSED

Thursday 29 December – 9am – 5pm

Friday 30 December – 9am – 5pm

Monday 2 January – CLOSED

Christmas Refuse Collections 2016

Our Christmas Refuse Collection dates are set out below:-

Domestic Refuse Collection

2016
Friday 23 December – normal collection rounds
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 26, 27 & 28 – normal collection rounds
Thursday & Friday, 29 & 30 December – normal collection rounds

2017
Monday 2 January – normal collection rounds
Tuesday 3 January onwards – normal collection rounds

Braddan Commissioners – Thursday 22 September

Please note, our office is being used as a polling station tomorrow for the General Election. Emails will be monitored as usual, and if you are a Braddan Commissioners’ tenant and have a housing related issue that cannot wait until Friday, please call the usual emergency telephone number.

Normal service will resume on Friday.

Braddan Commissioners’ Coronation Community Garden Bears Fruit

The Commissioners were very pleased with the turnout of volunteers at the third work party at Coronation Community Garden held last Saturday (6th August).

15 volunteers came along and helped fill the raised beds, from a mound of soil delivered to the garden by Commissioner Dave Dentith, and three beds now being home to tomatoes, herbs, carrots and beetroots were planted up.

The project aimed at invoking a community spirit was devised by the Commissioners with a plan to turn the site of a former children’s playground into a community area that all ages can enjoy.

The Commissioners have provided the land and financial assistance to create the garden.  A commitment of time has been given by a Steering Group formed from representatives from Ecovannin and local residents, and they have plans for regular work parties, now known as “Garden Parties”, which will be held on the first weekend of every month. So far the volunteers have planted a range of fruit and vegetables and are also experimenting with straw bale gardening.

Men in Sheds are working on two more raised beds which will be slightly lower than the current ones to make them child friendly.  Hopefully they will be delivered in time for the next garden party which is to be held on 3rd September from 10am to 2pm.  There is no great time commitment required; even if you can just spare an hour, it would be a huge help to the project. Everyone is welcome to come along and help put together the final vital piece of the garden – the compost bay. It is also hoped that the first potatoes will be ready to harvest.

Children are very welcome; at the last gathering they had great fun getting their hands dirty by rummaging in the beds to test if the potatoes were ready and hunting worms to be transplanted into the freshly filled raised beds.

The garden is located behind Coronation Terrace at the Strang – from the Strang Roundabout, head towards Mount Rule and Coronation Terrace can be found immediately on the right hand side. Park on the road and follow the lane that runs to the rear of the terrace; the garden can be found at the end.

To see the progress of the garden, take a look at our photo gallery here.

For more information regarding the garden and future events, please see the dedicated Facebook Page; Facebook.com/CoronationCommunityGarden or contact the Commissioners’ Office on 852808.

 

06.08.2016 - Hive of activity