Statement from the Commissioners re. the Legal Title of the Local Authority

Garff Commissioners have been advised that a social media site is operating with a branding title very similar to the Commissioners’ legal title as an Isle of Man Local Authority.

A disclaimer is embedded deep within the site, but would appear not to be being noticed by Members of the Public.

In the past this has resulted in Members of the Public contacting the Commissioners under the impression that the site has some official status and is administered by the Local Authority. This is not the case.

In the interest of transparency, the Commissioners wish to distance themselves from the perception that they have any connection to the material published on this site.

  • This site is the only web-site administered by the Commissioners.
  • The only official social media site adminisistered by the Commissioners can be found at

Garff Commissioners Facebook Site

The Commissioners note that there is a Facebook site currently using the term ‘Garff Commissioners’ in its branding. In advance of the forthcoming Lonan by-Election some members of the public have contacted the office with the perception that the site is managed by or has links to this Local Authority.
For clarification the Commissioners would like to advise that the site in question has no connection whatsoever to Garff Commissioners as a legal entity or indeed with the Authority’s role in the administration of the forthcoming by-election.

Agenda for the Commissioners’ Meeting 19.12.18

The agenda for the meeting of the Commissioners taking place this week can be viewed by clicking on the link in the documents tab (top right of this page).

Apart from the usual consideration of current planning applications, there are items on: the planning conditions which the Commissioners will request are attached to any approval of the DoI proposal for Laxey Sea and Harbour defences; the submission the Commissioners will send to DoI on public opinion in regard to these proposals; the future of the Laxey promenade beach huts; and the Glen Road Recreation Survey results.

Shaping up for a busy night, any Other Business will be issued to the Commissioners and published tomorrow afternoon.

Christmas & New Year Refuse Collections

The only refuse collection days affected by the Festive Season this year are Tuesday 25th December 2018 and Tuesday 1st of January 2019.
If your bin is normally collected on a Tuesday it will be collected the following day, on the Wednesday in both weeks. All other collection days remain as normal.

Monday 24th December: Normal Monday collection day
Tuesday 25th December: No collection.
Wednesday 26th December: Tuesday & Wednesday Collections
Thursday 27th December: Normal Thursday Collection
Friday 28th December: Normal Friday Collection
Monday 31st December: Normal Monday Collection
Tuesday 1st January: No collections.
Wednesday 2nd January: Tuesday & Wednesday Collections
Thursday 3rd January & beyond: Normal Service resumes.
Please call the Commissioners’ Office on 861241 if any further information is required.
Merry Christmas & A happy New Year from the Commissioners!

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/…