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 admin@garff.im. 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.
COOIL ROI SHELTER HOUSING
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.
Thr
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 admin@garff.im 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

Civic Amenity Sites open for Burnable and Green Waste only.

The EasternCivic Amenity Site at Middle River will open at 8am on Friday morning, 24th April.
The Northern Civic Amenity Site at Balladoole will open at 8.00 am on Saturday 25th April.

Please be aware that the Northern site will operate on an appointments system accessed using their website or by ringing 810100. On-line booking also available via www.ramsey.gov.im.

Due to operational issues the opening hours and the types of waste that can be disposed of may vary slightly, but both will take burnable household waste and green waste only.

It is important that people work within the social distancing guidelines and therefore there will be a restricted number of vehicles on site.

The staff will do everything possible to manage this situation smoothly but they will not be able to assist you with your items so please bring a household member to help you if you cannot manage on your own.

Additional guidance re. the Northern Site:
Residents will have to book a slot to get access to the site as stated above and in the post below; this is to prevent people queuing and blocking the main road and potentially hindering emergency services. Slots have been made available for the next 2 weeks however this will be reviewed constantly and added to as necessary depending the covid restrictions.
3 cars will be allowed on site at any one time and they will only have 10 minutes to unload their vehicle.
There will be 3 staff members on site, one on the machine /shop floor, one at the gate and one on traffic control.

The Re-use sheds will remain closed at both sites for the time being but the recycle Bring Banks around the island will open from Friday.
Please be careful when driving in these areas, expect queues over the first few weeks and be patient.

The Local Authorities running the sites understand how frustrating this has been for everyone and thank you for your co-operation.

Please clean the handles on your Wheelie Bin…

Please clean the handles on your wheelie bin before and after every collection.

Our refuse contractors are key workers in the best of times, and are certainly essential to us at the moment.

Please do your utmost to keep them operating for us. We have contingencies, but would like to keep Kinrade’s Gold-Plated Service going throughout the coming times…

26.03.20 Covid-19 Updates re. Service Provision

All CA Sites closed from midnight 26th March 2020.
They will remain closed until further notice.

DOI Bring Banks Closed from Midnight Thursday 26th March 2020.
“In response to the Covid 19 emergency the DOI Bring Bank Service has been suspended. There will be no collections from Bring Bank sites after Thursday 26th March 2020 and until further notice.
Do not deposit recyclable materials in the bins or around the bins as the sites will not be serviced.
If possible could you please retain any glass and metal recyclables until the Bring Bank Service recommences. If placed in the residual waste bin these materials will not burn in the EfW.
Please accept our apologies for interrupting this recycling service and for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any queries please call us on 686540. Thank you.”

All enclosed play areas are to be closed.

The Commissioners will be installing signage to this effect on their play areas at:
Church Close, Lonan
All Saints Park, Lonan
Laxey Promenade Green
Laxey Football Club, Glen Road
The Corrany Estate, Maughold.
Please follow the latest directives from the Chief Minister and the appeals from our ‘front-line’ health workers to ‘Stay at Home’ and observe social-distancing at all times.