Laxey Promenade Shelter – Statement and Images 16.11.22

The Commissioners have continued to work on the detail of their plans for improvements and refurbishments to the Public Shelter on Laxey Promenade in recent months As a matter of courtesy, the Board have recently met with the tenant and Manager of the kiosk to brief them on the plans. Consequently, the Board are now in a position to make these details available to the public (please see the first image which illustrates these plans).

The Commissioners’ auditors had requested that the Commissioners take steps to clarify the status of the Public Shelter. This was partly to clarify insurance liability but was also to make clear that the shelter was a space that could be entered freely into and enjoyed by all at any time.
The tenant of the kiosk has been offered the option of a licence to make use of the area immediately in front of the kiosk entrance (indicated by the green line in the second image). The land they wish to license to the tenant has a total area of 21 square metres.
It is worth noting that there has never been any lease issued to any party to use the Public Shelter space. There was, however, an informal statement made by Laxey Commissioners in 2008 in response to a question from the tenant. This stated that customers of the kiosk could consume refreshments purchased from the kiosk in the Public Shelter. The Commissioners continue to have no objection to customers of the kiosk making full use of the public facility. This is an aspect that the Board welcomes and encourages.


It should also be noted that it is the responsibility of the Board to proceed in a way that assures the public that their decisions have not been influenced by any bias, prejudice, or conflict of interest that may arise.

Summary of works being undertaken
1. The Commissioners will be installing furniture throughout the Public Shelter, and on the three metre wide apron in front of the building. The tables and seating will be installed, and available at all times during the year; including when the kiosk is closed. The tables will include spaces to provide wheelchair access. They will be painted in a colour that will be determined in due course. These proposals are illustrated in the image.
2. As can be seen a concrete ramp will be installed to make access possible for everybody. The railings will be coloured to assist those with sight impairments. The railings to be installed are DDA compliant. The design of the ramp shown here is indicative and another configuration may be installed to provide the necessary access to the public facility.
3. Six small stacking lockers will be installed as shown in the third image. These will take up minimal floor space (65cm wide x 46cm deep).
4. As the illustration shows, barriers will be installed to mark out the frontage of the public shelter and demarcate the tabled area immediately behind. These will be in the same style and finish as the ramp railings.
5. The Public Shelter will be painted throughout as part of the refurbishments and a Wi-Fi access point will be provided. Other improvements will be made including new information signage which will be installed for the benefit of visitors to Laxey and Garff as well as forming an information point which will be used to promote local businesses.
6. The Commissioners’ cleaning contractor has been engaged to regularly clean the Public Shelter. In addition, the tenant may wish to continue cleaning the tables if they feel that this is in the commercial interest of the business – the Commissioners have no objection to this being undertaken.
7. Following on from the success of recent events with Manx Wildlife Trust, a programme of themed events will be scheduled into the Spring and Summer season of 2023. These will use the Public Shelter as a base for the activities. Full details of this programme will be announced in due course.
It is anticipated that the Public Shelter will be partially closed for short periods whilst the accessibility ramp is under construction and while the other planned works take place. The Commissioners will programme all the works to fit in with the kiosk’s winter opening schedule. This will minimise disruption to the business, its customers, and to other members of the Public who wish to access the Public Shelter.

Latest Planning in Garff Sheading – to be considered by the Commissioners 20.10.21

The latest lists of Planning Applications relating to Garff Sheading are listed below. Links to the individual planning applications as detailed on the Government Website are also provided. These applications will be considered by the Commissioners at their meeting on the 20th of October 2021.
21/01145/B Keayn Reayrt, Croit E Quill Road, Laxey, Erection of rear garden terrace, rear first floor balcony and window / door alterations.
21/01175/B Cliffside And End Café, The Promenade, Laxey, Variation of condition 1 of approval for Demolition of existing dwellings, garage and outbuildings and erection of four dwellings (PA 17/00006/B) to extend permission for a further 4 years.
21/01181/B 1 & 2 Mount Sayle, Port E Vullen, Maughold, Conversion and extensions to create a single residential dwelling.
21/01184/B Cruachan, Highfield Drive, Baldrine, Lonan, Alterations and erection of extension to existing dwelling and erection of a detached garage.
21/01194/B Isabella Cottage, 24 Mines Road, Laxey, Installation or replacement slate tiles to rear elevation (retrospective).

Garff Commissioners: General Service Update – 6th Janaury 2021

Following directions from yesterday Government Briefing and new lockdown measures, with immediate effect the Commissioners office is closed. Officers working from home. Please call 861241, or email Your query will be dealt with promptly. We have permission to attend to urgent practical matters across the Sheading (Laxey, Lonan, Maughold), so please let us know of any problems/issues that it is essential to rectify or make safe.
Public Toilets are open. However, we would encourage Members of the Public to avoid using them unless absolutely necessary; they remain open for the comfort of Key Workers and Delivery Drivers.
Gully checking and cleaning will only occur in critical areas such as Minorca Hill, Old Laxey Hill, Glen Road, Port Lewaigue, etc; if a Yellow Rain Warning is issued by Ronaldsway Met Office. If you do see a blocked gully please report this to the office, see contact details above.
All of our none essential services and projects are suspended for at least the 21 day period.
With immediate effect lockdown protocols have been introduced. This is to ensure the safety of both residents and staff. For further information please contact Julie Mattin on 862307.

Refuse Collection Dates this Festive Season!

Refuse Collection days will generally be as normal throughout Garff this festive season.

The only change will be at those properties that are normally collected on a Friday morning.
The collections in these areas that would normally fall on Friday 25th December & Friday 1st of January will be transferred to Monday 28th December & Monday 4th January respectively.
If your refuse is normally collected on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday you will experience no change to your collection days during the period so please put your bin out as normal. Although collections will remain the same on these days there may be some alteration to the timing of the collection.

Strange Things Afoot in Laxey…

Follow ‘Visit Laxey’ FB page for r updates on the creepy goings on in Laxey during the Laxey Spooktacular 24th Oct – 1st of November.
First and foremost, don’t miss the ‘phantom-tastic’ Ghost Trains running from the Valley Gardens on Sunday 25th, Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November, 1.00 – 7.00 pm.
There’s lots of other Spooktacular events particularly on the 31st as the ‘Spooktacular Fun Day gets underway with the help of some very fiendishly attired Laxey Fire Fighters adding suspense and entertainment alongside a spine-chilling Ghost Walk’ around the village at 5.00 pm. On the day there’ll be lots of other spooky activities and strange happenings as well.
oughout half-term week a Spooky Window Spotting Competition provides lots of interest and will get you and the little ones round the spooky window displays that Laxey’s businesses and wonderful eateries will be putting on – prizes for all who get around the village and take part in the competition!
The week’s eerie atmosphere will be enhanced in the Village Square and Rose Gardens which will be lit and decorated with the ghoulish, the grisly, and the ghastly – with things lurking in the shadows, the gardens will not be a place to walk alone!
‘Visit Laxey’ Facebook page will have a series of announcements of all the activities taking place during the week, including details of a voucher discount scheme running at participating businesses and eateries in the Village!
Don’t forget to tune in regularly to ‘Visit Laxey’ Facebook for all the details of all the strange and creepy goings on!

Date for Requisition Meeting Announced

The Captain of Lonan Parish has advised a date for the Requisition meeting to discuss the decision made by the Commissioners to lease the Changing Cubicles to The Shed Company Limited.  The meeting will take place at 7.00 pm on Friday the 3rd of July 2020 at the Laxey Working Men’s Institute. The meeting is open to any person to attend.

The Commissioners welcome this further opportunity to reiterate the reasons for the decision made by the Board.

These reasons and the rationale for the decision were recorded in the three documents below:

Summary changing cubicles 16.02.20 in public domain 14.05.20 Amended 16.06.20

05.02.20 Meeting Draft Minutes amended 06.06.20

19.02.20 Public Draft Minutes

Laxey Promenade Changing Cubicles – Presentation of Fact in regard to the decision made…

The Commissioners have been made aware that a request for a requisition meeting has been accepted by Captain Stephen Carter in regard to the decision made by the Board in regard to the Changing Cubicle Building on Laxey Promenade.

It is disappointing that the wording of the statement made in the newspaper notice could be interpreted in a way that suggests that the Commissioners have acted without Legal Vires in this matter.

It is more pleasing to report that in fact the legislation dictates that any lease granted on local authority property for a period of less than seven years does not require a petition to the Local Government Unit. It is also to be noted that full documentary evidence was submitted to the Local Government Unit in February 2020 in regard to the decision made by the Commissioners in this instance.

The decision made by the Commissioners has been set out in the minutes of various meetings over the years. A report on how the decision was made can be accessed via the links below. Any further questions can be forwarded to the Commissioners’ Office via or by telephoning 861241 or 422148.

The Commissioners look forward to a Requisition Meeting taking place as it will provide a further opportunity to re-iterate the facts regarding the decision that was made, and how that decision was made in the interests of developing Laxey as a tourist destination and to protect the ratepayer from the considerable costs of refurbishing or demolishing the structure (30k+).

It is noted that after consideration of the review documents the decision to lease the structure to the Shed Company Limited was supported unanimously by the eight Members of the Nine-Person Board who were deemed to hold no pecuniary or personal interest in the matter.

Summary changing cubicles 16.02.20 in public domain 14.05.20

05.02.20 Public Draft Minutes

19.02.20 Public Draft Minutes