A18 Mountain Road Closure and consequent Parking Restrictions on New Road, Laxey

The DoI are proposing two periods of closure of the A18 Mountain Road in April 2023 for enhancements to the TT Course.

The proposed parking restrictions will be between 3rd – 8th April and 11th – 28th April (with a contingency to go to 5th May in case of bad weather, etc).

The restrictions will result in heavier traffic on the full A2 from Ballure down to past the Liverpool Arms in Garff. This will affect our residential areas such as at Glen Mona and through Laxey Village to Baldrine. New Road will have parking restrictions at ‘rush-hour’ times.

The Department are requesting views on these matters at the moment.

The Commissioners have opposed parking restrictions on New Road in the past. If the proposals do go ahead, they plan to deploy their own speed indictor in Glen Mona, Baldrine, request enforcement by the Roads Policing Unit, and monitor and report driver behaviour as much as resources allow.

Latest Garff Planning (to be reviewed at meeting on 04.01.23).

22/01493/B Inglenook Fairy Cottage Laxey
Demolition and rebuilding of existing single storey outlet.

22/01526/B Sea Dawn Ballaragh Road Laxey Isle Of Man IM4 7PN
Erection of a poly tunnel for domestic use.

22/01506/B 7 Lower Cronk Orry Minorca Hill Laxey Isle Of Man IM4 7EG
2 storey extension to side of property to form new Family room with en-suite bathroom over.

22/01510/B Bronwyn Ballafayle Maughold
Erection of canopy to create covered walkway over existing external steps and replacement and additional doors and windows to basement floor.

22/01511/B Ardane (previously Known As Croit Ny Cabbyl) Ballamenagh Road Baldrine.
Construction of a garage block and alterations to the existing property including a replacement entrance porch, the removal of the conservatory, a secondary porch, a dormer window, and two chimneys along with alterations to the existing openings, replacement windows, and new external cladding and render finishes to the elevations.

22/01514/B Maughold Church Maughold
Replace existing east glazed screen with new glazed screen which incorporates ventilation to reduce damp build up inside the shelter.

Love Laxey, Love Garff!

Beach Buddies are teaming up with the Commissioners to launch a new initiative to improve the tidiness of neighbourhoods in Laxey, Lonan, and Maughold: and the more local residents we can get involved the better!

To start things off Beach Buddies and the Commissioners are joining a local meeting at 10.00am on Sunday 14th August at the Laxey Sailing Club, arranged by local resident Robbie, to listen to your ideas for cheering up some of those locations in need of a bit more Tender Loving Care.

You can’t help but notice that there are some areas that are tired and untidy and with your help a real difference can be made. You could take ownership to help improve and maintain a local area, help pull weeds from the road side, pick up litter or have a general tidy of the Glens, the beaches, the parks. We all live in the local community lets create spaces for others to enjoy; look at the great example set by Susan and Ken Crellin at Quarry Falls in Laxey and those who’ve adopted tram stops and so on. Why not step forward and take part in creating more welcoming clean spaces for visitors and for ourselves as a Community!

Beach Buddies and the Commissioners would like to encourage and support more of these inspiring actions across the Villages and open areas of Garff. Bill Dale will be on hand at the meeting to offer expert knowledge, advice, and the support of his organisation to the initiative.

So what are the Commissioners doing? Our Maintenance Team is small, but we’ve recently increased the maintenance budget to employ an additional part-time contractor to assist our directly employed (and wonderful) maintenance duo. Our focus is on increasing the amount of tidying of public spaces such as pavements, verges, and other public areas; but Garff is a massive area (from Ballure to Groudle) and the addition of some community projects and collaboration would really assist to make the Sheading look better: there’s more to be done!

Please come along to the public meeting on 14th August 2022 @ 10am at Laxey Sailing Club and find out how you and your family can get involved.

Laxey Promenade Public Shelter Statement 18.07.22

The Commissioners would like to issue an initial statement on their plans for the future use of the Laxey Promenade Public Shelter –  Seating and Table Facilities will always be provided in the Laxey Promenade Public Shelter.

The factual position is that the Public Shelter has always been in the ownership and control of Garff Commissioners. The Commissioners have always intended to have tables and chairs in this public facility, now and in the future. This will continue to enable the general public to consume food and drink, including all patrons of the adjacent Laxey Beach Kiosk.

The Board wish to advise that they will also be enhancing the current facilities within the Shelter over the coming months.

It should be noted that all customers of the adjacent kiosk takeaway will be absolutely welcome to use the public facilities to consume food and drink items inside the building; along with all Members of the Public.

The Commissioners have not fully finalised their plans at this stage but extensive, appropriate and comfortable seating/tables will be placed in the Public Shelter.

This will enable all Members of the Public, including customers of the adjacent kiosk to make free and full use of the Public Shelter to sit and consume food/drinks as they have always done.

A further statement will be issued once the plans have been finalised.

The Commissioners remain committed to providing facilities which primarily benefit the public but also bring benefits to local businesses.

Great Laxey Brass Band Festival Going Ahead – Make the most of a dry afternoon!

This morning’s forecast is for the rain to clear by mid-day so we are expecting to get The Great Laxey Brass Band Festival underway at 1.00pm in all three venues in the Upper Village (the Mines Tavern, The Glen Pavilion, and The Miner’s Statue).
Should the rain linger a little the event will still commence at 1.00pm using inside venues at The Laxey WMI, The Glen Pavilion, and Christ Church (beside the Tram Station). The event will then ‘venture-out’ as the weather improves.
Marshals will be circulating the Village to pass on information about any changes.
We’ll be in touch with Ronaldsway at 11.00am and make an announcement; as they will be able to predict much more accurately then. The announcement will be made on FB Sites ‘Visit Laxey, Visit Garff’, Garff Commissioners’, Laxey Central, & on Garff Commissioners Twitter page.
The situation may be a dynamic one but we and the wonderful bands will react to any situation and make sure the Show Goes On!
If it is wet Cookies and Candy, the Children’s Entertainer will give shows downstairs in the Laxey Working Men’s Institute at 2.00pm and 3.00pm; if dry the shows will be in the Tram Station as planned.
At this stage, however, we should have the dry weather in before 1.00pm. Cross those fingers now!
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