The Commissioners have received contact from residents in regard to neighbours who have lit bonfires in recent days. Please could all residents note the following advice from the Government’s Covid-19 web information site:
“The Isle of Man Government is appealing for people to support their neighbours as well as the emergency services by not lighting bonfires during the COVID-19 crisis.
“”The Isle of Man Government is not looking to ban garden fires at this time but people are asked to avoid burning domestic and garden waste as it can be dangerous and cause a nuisance to those living nearby.
“Bonfires can cause a problem for neighbours, who might be self-isolating, and at home more often than usual. The Isle of Man Government is urging residents to temporarily store any excess waste until restrictions are lifted and it can be disposed of at their nearest amenity site.
“Although household bonfires are not illegal, household waste including DIY waste, plastics and treated wood should not be burnt as they can produce toxic smoke.
“If you do have a bonfire, the simple act of informing the Emergency Services Joint Control Room (ESJCR) reduces the risk of crews turning out to false alarms.
The Commissioners will be discussing the report at their meeting on Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
The Report provides 10 recommendations: it can be accessed here
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 email@example.com 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.
Bring Banks to be opened by DoI over the next few days. They are currently taped up. Please do not access them until the tape is removed.
Please use them wisely and do not leave recyclables beside them if they are full. Your assistance will be much appreciated by DoI and our staff who will have to be diverted to clear them up if misused.
DoI understand how frustrating this has been for everyone and thank you for your co-operation.
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.
17th April 2020 Refuse Collection Update
A great big thank you to all residents from the Commissioners and the Kinrade Brothers for assisting with the delivery of the refuse collection. Allan and Dave report that although tonnages have increased – as expected – everyone is doing their best to ensure their bins can be collected easily and safely. Our aim is to make sure that the crew only have to touch wheelie bin handles to get the bin on the hoist – cleaning your bin’s handles before and after collection will also be a big help.
All your efforts will help to ensure that the excellent service given by the Kinrade crew is maintained without resort to the planned contingencies.
If you have any queries with the refuse collection, please contact Martin or Pete by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 861241 or 422148.
Once again, a Great Big Thank You to all Residents!
|Symptoms & Testing||111 https://covid19.gov.im/|
|Non-medical Government Information Line|| 686262
|Garff Commissioners Office Services||861241 / 422148 email@example.com|
|Laxey Lifeline – Community help group serving Laxey, Lonan, & Maughold residents, assistance with shopping, getting medication, and any other matters.|| 474747
|Covid Business Support line||686455|
Ramsey Police Station
Lists of food businesses on the Island that are providing home delivery/collection services in the East and across the Island can be accessed via this link:
|Refuse Guidelines – to minimise the contact with waste materials for our contractor’s roundsmen, please observe the following:
|Bring Banks Currently Closed – please store your recyclables if possible to avoid running out of space in your wheelie bin|
|Civic Amenity Sites Currently Closed|
|Garff Commissioners’ Office Closed – please call 861241 or 422148 (email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any query. We are operating full office support remotely from home and can respond and resolve any concern or request for information.|
Self-Isolating & Self-Distancing
Information on Self-Isolating can be found on the Government’s Covid-19 Web Site: https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/stay-at-home-self-isolation/
Information on Social-Distancing can be found on the Government’s Covid-19 Web Site: https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/social-distancing/
Residents of Maughold, Lonan, & Laxey
If you are self isolating or need advice. If you know someone who’s is self-isolating and needs help in any way, then call 474747
This will get you through to the ‘Laxey Helpline’. If this is busy please call Garff Commissioners on 861241, they will also assist with practical help or advice.
The volunteers and the Commissioners are particularly keen to hear from any Members of the community whose friends or family are unable to assist them at this difficult time. (full details in the leaflet below).
2020 Garff Events
For obvious reasons several events across the Sheading will not be going ahead this year.
Laxey Fair has been cancelled, as has the Duck Race, ‘Prash Laxaa.The Great Laxey Brass Band Festival’. The fledgling ‘Summer Concert Series’ is also looking unlikely.
Maughold Parish Social Club advise that a decision on Maughold’s Parish Day scheduled for July 18th 2020 will be made in the coming weeks.
For 2020, Laxey Central and Laxey Lifeline have become a great source for live entertainment – take a scroll down their pages for some great local music!