The Island Goes to the Polls – Thursday 22nd September.

indexIt’s your chance to shape the new two-seat constituency of Garff tomorrow as the elections to our National Parliament take place. Your polling card indicates the Polling Station you need to attend; please try to take it with you to assist the station staff.
The weather forecast is dry and maybe sunny – a good omen for the next five years?
 
Please note that due to the closure of the A18 Mountain Road the A2 Coast Road will be more busy than usual – please take extra care as you attend your polling station.

Clay Head Close, Lonan

clay-head-close-2The Commissioners have undertaken preliminary work to clear a build of weeds and soil on the highway & pavement areas of Clay Head Close in Lonan. This work has enabled road sweeping works to be scheduled for the Close in the coming weeks.

Modern Toilet Facilities in Maughold Village

The public conveniences in Maughold Village have passed from the ownership of the Commissioners and are now closed.
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The build on new facilities is underway in the Commissioners’ car park at the west end of the village beside the A15 to Ramsey.
Temporary facilities will be in place at the latter location from Monday 12th September 2016.

A Brief History of Garff!

The boundaries of Garff Sheading have ebbed and flowed for centuries: the original Sheading comprised Maughold (inc. South Ramsey), Lonan (inc. Laxey), and Onchan.
In 1796 an Act of Tynwald transferred Onchan to Middle Sheading and in 2013 a further Act of Tynwald returned part of the Howstrake area to the GarGarff Sheadingff Tynwald constituency (Click on the image on the ‘Manx Parishes’ link for more information).

The Local Authority boundaries have remained intact apart from the recent internal amalgamation of Laxey, Lonan and Maughold; the Garff Commissioners’ local authority boundary now forms the largest local authority in terms of geographical area as well as having one of the largest populations.

Interestingly, the division of the Island into two sectors post Godred Crovan’s time designated Maughold as in the south (see section highlighted in yellow in the image) as it fell below the mountain ridge line that culminates in North Barrule. From then on the parish was firmly embedded into Garff Sheading.

Tynwald Election: Garff Requisition Meetings

The first of the requisition Meetings gets underway at 7.00 am at the Dhoon Church Hall in Maughold. Word is that all the candidates are in attendance so sharpen your questions up now and get along!
In the event of high attendance the meeting may take place in the adjoining church itself.
Hot on its heels there follows a meeting in Onchan on Friday 9th September, at 7.30pm. This takes place at Elim Family Centre, Second Avenue, Onchan.
A third meeting takes place in Lonan/Laxey on the 16th of September at the Working Mens’ Institute.

Glen Mona Hotel Update

The extensive refurbishment of the Glen Mona Hotel is progressing extremely well and it is hoped the venue will be opening this autumn.
The aim of theGlen Mona new owners is to provide a centre for the community as well as a welcoming destination for visitors and tourists from further afield.
The Commissioners welcome the initiative and look forward to the creation of a thriving facility in the Parish.
Any one able to date this image of the Glen Mona from past years?

Latest Garff Planning – 02.09.16

 

 

16/01008/A Approval in principle for the erection of a dwelling addressing matters for means of access Field 614729 Baldrine Road Baldrine Isle Of Man
16/00900/B Extension to existing detached garage (amendment to PA 12/01273/B) Thie Lewaigue Port Lewaigue Ramsey Isle Of Man IM7 1AG
16/00994/B Erection of an extension to replace existing conservatory Woodlands Ballacollister Road Laxey Isle Of Man IM4 7JT
16/00996/B Replacement of 2 sash windows with 2 new veka blue PVCU vertical sash sliding windows. Alterations to frames in order to be used as fire escape. Hawthorn Cottage 32 New Road Laxey Isle Of Man IM4 7BQ