Public Advice Coronovirus or Covid-19 16.03.20

The Chief Minister has announced restrictions for those travelling to the Island as well as cancellation of this year’s TT. Those arriving on the Island after midnight on the 17th of March must now ensure that they self-isolate for 14 days.

Click on the following link: for the latest Information issued by Government.

In terms of Local Authority planning, the Commissioners have met with their H&S Consultant today to review their Business Continuity Plan.
High on the Agenda was consideration of measures to safeguard and assist residents at the Sheltered Housing Complex at Cooil Roi. The Authority’s Housing Manager outlined the actions that had already been actioned, as well as the staged response that will be made if the public health situation worsens.

In addition, to ensure continuity of the Authority’s core operations, staff will only be attending essential meetings from 13.03.20. It is vital that the Commissioners’ Statutory Meetings continue regularly, however, following advice from our H&S consultant, there may be changes to the way in which the meetings are structured and run. It is anticipated that an announcement will be made in this regard on Tuesday 17th March.

For further information, please contact the Commissioners on 861241 or via email

Cancellation of Commissioners Meeting 18.03.20

Following the recent measures introduced by Government to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19, the decision has been taken to cancel tomorrow evening’s Board meeting, Wednesday 18th March, and defer agenda items to 1st April.

We have contacted the Planning Officer reference additional information requested in respect of the Sewerage Plant and have been advised they are some way off being able to determine the application.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Public Advice Coronovirus or Covid-19 14.03.20

The latest information for the public in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic is available on the government website. Click on the following link: Information issued by Government indicates that there have been no cases of the virus on the Island to date (13.03.20).

As a precaution, however, the Commissioners have revised their ‘Business Continuity Plan’ to ensure that essential services, such as refuse collection, are maintained should a situation develop. Following Governmental advice they are enacting and considering a range of measures, some of which are being implemented from 13.03.20.

The measures already in place include appropriate additional staff training, revised working methods for staff/contractors, and information bulletins to the Commissioners.

As a further precaution to ensure continuity of the Authority’s core operations, staff will only be attending essential meetings from 13.03.20.

The measures now implemented also include more frequent, deep cleaning of our public conveniences, as well as signage advising on the use of the facilities.

It is important to monitor the situation and other actions will be implemented as necessary. All actions will be proportionate and taken following the advice of Government and Public Health Officials.

A further meeting with the Authority’s H&S consultant will take place on Tuesday 17th March.

Garff Commissioners – Statement re. Corona Virus & Critical Services

Garff Commissioners are “working hard” in conjunction with their Health & Safety Consultant (Pegasus Consulting Ltd) to adapt their Business Continuity Plan in response to the situation with the Corona Virus otherwise known as Covid-19.

Hopefully, its implementation will not be necessary.

The virus is having an influence worldwide and may pose a risk on Isle of Man.

The principal aim of the adapted Business Continuity Plan is to ensure that critical services such as refuse collection are maintained in the event of a wider outbreak of the corona virus on Island.

The Commissioners believe that we should be calm and proportionate in our response, but the Plan being developed is in place if circumstances change. It will be designed to ensure that robust measures are in place to secure delivery of key services in the Sheading.

You can find more information about COVID-19. A wide range of material is available on the Government website via this link: 
Further NHS UK information can be accessed via:


Sewage Treatment Proposal for Laxey – Provisonal Date for Public Meeting (03.03.20, Laxey Pavilion)

Advanced Notice for information:

Subject to full confirmation, the public meeting facilitated by the Commissioners in regard to the sewage treatment plant planning application at the Cairns Site has now been scheduled.
The provisional date is Tuesday 3rd of March, in the large room at the Pavilion in the Glen Gardens at 7.00 pm. This may be subject to change. Full confirmation will be issued early next week.
Keep updated on Garff Commissioners FB site, www.garff,im and through media outlets such as Manx Radio, Energy FM, 3FM, Isle of Man Newspapers, etc.
The planning application submitted by MU can be viewed via the link below, or in hard copy at Garff Commissioners Office, 35 New Road, Laxey. Tel Martin or Pete on 861241 for further details. Email:
Link to planning application:

Garff Political Surgeries 2020

Political surgeries will take place across the full Garff Tynwald constituency during 2020.

Dates in Laxey are as follows:

January 11th      10.30 am  to midday Commissioners’ Office, 35 New Road, Laxey.

July 25th            10.30 am to midday  Commissioners’ Office, 35 New Road, Laxey.

November 7th   10.30 am to midday Commissioners’ Office, 35 New Road, Laxey.

There will be additional political surgeries at the following locations:

March 7th        10.30 am – midday Glen Mona Hotel.

May 6th           5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Archibald Knox Public House Meeting Room , Onchan.

October 3rd    12.00 – 1.00 pm       Archibald Knox Public House Meeting Room, Onchan

Both MHKs and a Commissioner will be in attendance at the meetings.


Deadline for submissions to the Laxey Independent Flood Review is the 6th of January 2020


As part of the Laxey independent flood review government are asking Laxey residents to complete an online form by Monday 6 January for an opportunity to share views and experiences that will inform the review and recommendations.

The form can be found using this link:


Submissions can also be made by:

• emailing
• writing to, Arup Laxey Flood Review Team, 78 East Street, Leeds LS9 8EE, United Kingdom.

Further details can be obtained from the Commisisoners’ Office on 861241 or email