Laxey Sea Defence proposals – Chairman’s Statement

A statement has been issued by the Chairman of Garff Commissioners in regard to the decision made by the Board to support the DoI’s latest application for a 650mm (2 foot, 2 inch) high wall on Laxey Promenade, as well as sea defences around the harbour.

The Commissioners as a body have indicated support for the proposals, but have also been asked to report on the level of public support to the DoI-  it is anticipated that the latter report will be submitted to the Department in the next seven days.

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Lonan By-Election

There will be a by election in Lonan on the 31st of December 2018 in order that the current vacancy on the Garff Board can be filled. Nomination Papers may now be collected from the Commissioners Office at 35 New Road, Laxey and must be returned by 5.00 pm on Thursday 6th of December 2018 for the attention of the Returning Officer.

Laxey Proposed Sea and Harbour Defences Your Views are Vital to what Happens Next!


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Perhaps the most important message given to residents by those presenting the meeting last week was to submit your views on the proposals. The Commissioners attended the meeting and firmly echo this request.

You can communicate your views through the Commissioners in the following ways:

The questionnaire that was circulated last night can be submitted to the Commissioners to be passed on to government.

Your comments can be sent to the Commissioners by email to or to 35 New Road, Laxey, IM4 7BG.

You can also submit comment directly to the DoI by emailing, or by sending your letter for the attention of Graham Smit

h, DoI, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas IM1 2RF.

It is also important to submit comment directly to planning quoting reference PA 18/01160/B. Email (see accompanying post for further details of how to do this).

The Commissioners, as a body, have not formulated a position on the proposals at this stage – they will be informed by the views of the community and will engage in further discussion at their meeting tomorrow evening (7.00 pm, Wednesday 20th November 2018).

Please call 861241 if you would like further advice on how to submit a response on the proposals. The plans remain at the Commissioners offices should you wish to view them. they can also be viewed on-line…/p…/planningapplicationdetails.iom…

Laxey Sea and Harbour Defences Submit comment to the Planning Authority before December 7th!


The plans for the Promenade and Harbour Defences can be viewed at the Commissioners Offices or on-line via this link:…/p…/planningapplicationdetails.iom…

Please forward views to the Planning Authority via email or by post to Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Planning & Building Control Directorate, Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas, Isle of Man,IM1 2SF.

Please note that anonymous contributions cannot be considered.

The expression of residents views to the Planning Authority is vital, however, the according of Interested Party Status may be a factor which ultimately limits the direct consideration of your views by the Planning Committee. In this respect, it is important to note that the Commissioners will definitely be accorded Interested Party Status as a Body, so please send a copy of your comments to the Commissioners at 35 New Road, Laxey or via email

For further information about commenting on planning applications and Interested Party Status please visit:…/…/commenting-on-planning-applications/…

Remembrance Services in Garff

Garff Remembers

There are a range of commemorations taking place across Garff this coming weekend to mark the end of the First World War and the cessation of hostilities at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of November 1918.

On Sunday the 11th of November 2018 the services in Garff are as follows:

• Kirk Maughold, 10.30 am
• Laxey Valley Gardens at 10.45 am
• All Saints Church, Lonan at 2.00 pm.
• The Commissioners will be represented at all of these services.
• A walk will also take place on North Barrule up to the memorial to the 31 American airmen who died when their aircraft crashed close to the summit of the mountain in April 1945. The walk begins at 1.30 from a field on the A2 Coast Road opposite Ballaglass Farm. All welcome: although it is a strenuous walk requiring stout shoes, etc; and is weather dependent. Please call Marinda Fargher on 861039 for further details if you would like to participate.
• Members of the Island’s motorcycling community will also gather to pay their respects at mid-day down on the Laxey Promenade.

Garff Remembers

To mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War, the Commissioners have installed three commemorative benches and a new flagpole at the war memorial in Laxey Valley Gardens.

The benches have been installed at Kirk Maughold, in Laxey Valley Gardens, and at Baldrine Park. Special thanks to Julie Mattin at Cooil Roi for organising supply of the benches through her contacts with the Royal British Legion.

The Commissioners have also commissioned their staff to produce three commemorative installations which have been placed in prominent positions in Laxey, Lonan and Maughold. Thanks to Steve Partington and Sam Quilleash who created and installed these works.                                  

Help the Commissioners to plan new facilities for Glen Road, Laxey!

The Commissioners are seeking the views of residents on the provision of leisure/recreation/sports facilities at Glen Road in Laxey (on the opposite sided of the road from the Football Club).

Currently, there is a tennis court, a multi-use-games-court, some dated skateboard equipment and a lawned area.

The Commissioners are open to any ideas and have launched a survey which will be open until 5.00 pm on Friday the 16th of November 2018. Members are open minded and are keen to hear the views and ideas of residents.

The survey can be completed online via this link:

or by completing a questionnaire at several locations in Laxey. These are, The Promenade Cafe, The Shed, Bits & Bobs, Laxey Football Club and the Commissioners’ Offices.

Further details can be obtained from the Commissioners on 861241 or via

Proposed Laxey Sewerage Works – Public Briefing Wednesdayh 24th & Thursday 25th October

Manx Utilities are hosting a public briefing exhibition for the proposed development of the existing sewerage infrastructure at The Cairns site in Laxey. The exhibition is at the Laxey Sailing Club is open on Wednesday 24th October from 11.00 am until 6.00 pm, and on the Thursday from 1.00 pm until 8.00 pm. Engineers from Manx Utilities will be available to explain the proposals.