Liverpool ferry terminal for the Isle of Man gains planning approval

A historic milestone was achieved today with planning approval for the Isle of Man ferry terminal in Liverpool.

This follows Tynwald approval for the Sea Services agreement last month which sees a replacement to the Ben-my-Chree, improved facilities and services.

Both developments secure our lifeline sea services. More can be found below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-47858347

https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2019-03-08/cheaper-fares-at-the-forefront-of-new-proposed-deal-for-iom-ferry-passengers/

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Credit Union Amendment Bill Becomes Law

Tynwald approved secondary legislation so that the Bill’s Day Order becomes effective from 1st April 2019.

Following consultation, flexibility has also been provided for interest rates so that the Credit Union can cover costs on small loans.

This is great news and brings to fruition the motion I brought to Tynwald in January 2016.

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Tynwald supports funding for regional sewage treatment for the West

Unanimous support was given by Tynwald for funding to complete the regional sewage treatment in Peel, Laxey and Baldrine.

This is fantastic news and will finally stop the pumping of raw sewage into our sea.

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Silt removal from Peel harbour receives planning approval

Planning approval was received for the removal of silt from Peel Harbour

This is a significant project which aims to both remove the silt and remediate the Foxdale Deads

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March Surgery

The monthly surgery with Commissioners and Geoffrey Boot MHK will take place this Saturday, 9th March at the Peel Town Hall from 11am to midday.

All welcome.

Ray Harmer

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Boost for Glenfaba & Peel in the Budget

The budget included financial commitments to resolve the accumulation of silt in Peel Harbour, STEM block for QE2 and long awaited sewage treatment plants for both St John’s & Peel.

In addition highway schemes for East Quay and the refurbishment of the main shopping area of Michael Street in Peel were approved.

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Confident Budget Makes Positive Changes

The budget made positive strides forward such as increased personal allowances to £14000 (£4500 over the last 4 years); more money for the police, road safety, health and student grants.

£2million was earmarked towards improving the fibre broadband network as fast broadband is implemented island wide.

Highlights also included a tax break to attract new workers and returning students to the Island to boost the local economy. A new community fund of £250,000 is to be run by the Manx Lottery.

Infrastructure commitments include the prom, and new money for the prom walkway, Liverpool Ferry terminal, regeneration for Jurby, important maintenance for the airport and the A5 in the South.

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Integrated Care Project Moving Forward in the West

Progress is being made in the pilot in the west of the island. More information can be found below.

feb 2019 integrated care pilot in the west newsletter

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Lord Street Development Gains Planning Approval

Proposals for the hotel, multiplex cinema, restaurants and apartments as part of Quayside North development on Lord Street have moved a step closer with planning approval granted today.

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February Surgery

The monthly surgery with Commissioners and Geoffrey Boot MHK will take place this Saturday, 9th February at the Peel Town Hall from 11am to midday.

All welcome.

Ray Harmer

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