Covid 19 Restrictions – Online Commissioners’ Meetings

Covid 19 restrictions – online Commissioners’ meetings
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Due to Covid 19 restrictions the Commissioners monthly meetings are being held online.
If you wish to listen in on the meetings please contact the clerk giving your email address so you can be invited to join the meeting. The Commissioners are currently using Zoom for their meetings and provided you contact the Clerk by 5.30 pm prior to the meeting he will make sure that you can listen in to the meeting.
Please email the Clerk at clerk@rushen.gov.im or clerk@arbory.gov.im

Local Authority Waste Services

 

Over the next few days the local authorities will be ready to re-open the four Civic Amenity sites        around the island.

The Eastern and Western sites will open at 8am on Friday morning and the Northern and Southern sites at 10am on Saturday morning.

Please be aware that the Northern site will operate on an appointments system accessed using their website or by ringing 810100, whilst the Eastern, Southern and Western sites will operate on a queuing system using the roadway leading to the site.

Due to operational issues the opening hours and the types of waste that can be disposed of may vary slightly, but they will all take burnable household waste and green waste.  This is not business as usual, so to avoid an unnecessary journey please ring your local authority or check their website or Facebook page for details.

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.

The Re-use sheds will remain closed for the time being but the recycle Bring Banks around the island will open on Friday.

Please be careful when driving in these areas, expect queues over the first few weeks and be patient.

The Authorities understand how frustrating this has been for everyone and thank you for your co-operation.

 

 

Hearing Aid Deliveries

Save a trip to the chemist or surgery if you’re isolating and need hearing aid batteries.
Nobles Audiology Department will put hearing aid batteries in the post.
To use this service, either email audiology.nobles@gov.im or phone 650407. The Audiology department also has a Covid19 page https://www.gov.im/media/1368945/covid-19-advice-to-audiology-patients.pdf which has more detail.
One elderly Rushen couple has used the service, their batteries arrived yesterday and they were very pleased to recommend the service.

Would You Like to Invest in a Compost Bin?

Thanks to everyone who has ordered a compost bin. There has been a fantastic uptake!

Our first batch of deliveries will be made this morning. For those who have not yet received a delivery confirmation, we will be in touch to confirm payment and delivery date in the next day or so.

If you are interested in having a compost bin delivered to your home, please email your name, address and phone number to info@porterin.gov.im and we will get in touch to make arrangements.

lScam Alert

Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative | Beware of SCAMS

Please be aware of a current scam targeting residents on the Island. The offender/s are using the current Covid-19 situation to pose as an on Island charity via Facebook.

The offenders are posing as online agents asking the victim a range of questions in regards to being elderly, living alone etc.

The offender then gets the victim to purchase Amazon gift cards to a high value, before then instructing the victim to scratch the back of the card, revealing the gift card code and sending an image to the offender.

The offender promises that the victim will benefit from a higher return, before then requesting further money due to various reasons.

This is NOT genuine.

Please do not share any information with anyone who calls, emails or messages you claiming to be a bank, charity or a volunteer.

If you have elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends, please communicate this to them, as an Island, we are safer when we stand together.

Southern Waste Collectors Need Your Help!

Southern Waste Collectors Need Your Help!

With the enforced closure of the Southern Recycling Centre and the Bring Banks, the Commissioners across the South are calling on residents to help.

 

With the garden starting to grow after the winter and people having more time than usual to spend in their gardens, bins are starting to fill up with garden waste as lawns and shrubs are trimmed and beds weeded ready for the summer. Unfortunately, this busy time in the garden combined with closures of all the recycling areas is leading to an increase in the volume of waste that needs to be collected.

 

Residents across the south are being asked to help minimise waste at this difficult time for everyone and in particular are being asked to compost their garden waste wherever possible. Clerk to Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners, and himself a keen gardener, Phil Gawne, explained “composting is relatively easy to do and if you follow some basic guidance you get a valuable source of nutrients for your garden later in the year.”

 

There’s lots of information about composting available on the Isle of Man Government website if you search composting, and GardenOrganic.org.uk has tips on making a simple compost bin. For those who don’t have internet access though, the following summary should help.

  • Put the bin somewhere convenient to use, on bare earth, in the sun or shade.
  • Start with the top of your previous heap, some animal manure, or a layer of BROWNS. (Woody prunings, plant stems, twigs, autumn leaves, crumpled cardboard, egg boxes, wood shavings);
  • Add compost materials as they come, trying to get equal amounts of BROWNS and GREENS (Fruit and vegetable remains, dead flowers, weeds, young hedge clippings, vegetable plant remains, grass clippings (not too many), crushed eggshells, teabags, coffee grounds). This will make your compost the right texture – not compacted or full of large air pockets.
  • Each time you use your compost bin, before adding more, check that it’s not too wet or too dry. If it’s dry, water it. If it’s soggy, mix in some more BROWNS.
  • If most of what you compost is GREENS, and you haven’t got enough garden BROWNS, then add in crumpled egg boxes, cardboard tubes and boxes torn up.

 

DO NOT COMPOST Meat, fish, cooked food, dairy products, roots of perennial weeds (like dandelions, ground elder, bindweed, couch, docks), any diseased plants, cat or dog faeces, plastic, glass and metal.

 

There’s lots of guidance on how to make a compost bin, but if you don’t have the materials and can’t get a bin you could temporarily keep a small compost heap in your garden. This will not be as effective as a bin, but gardeners over many centuries have used compost heaps’ or middens, to dispose of compostable materials. This would be a helpful short-term solution while the current restrictions are in place but would need to be carefully monitored as it could attract vermin if not protected.

 

Clerk to Port Erin Commissioners and the Southern Recycling Centre Jason Roberts added, “If you don’t have a compost bin but would like to purchase one, you can do so via card payment over the phone to Port Erin Commissioners’ Office on 832298. The compost bin is available at a subsidised cost of £42 and comes with its own base allowing you to easily place it in the best position in your garden. Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, any orders we receive we will deliver the compost bin to you. We are keen to help you help us by not adding to the burden of our waste collection services so please don’t put garden waste in your bin unless you absolutely have to.”

 

Media Contacts:

Phil Gawne 834501

Jason Roberts 832298

Contribute to Your Community – Become an Arbory or Rushen Commissioner.

Are you passionate about your community? If the answer is yes, by serving as an Arbory or Rushen Commissioner you can make your voice heard and influence decisions that will help shape the future of your community.
 
Arbory and Rushen Commissioners are responsible for a variety of functions including street lights, refuse collection, parks, road sweeping and highway verges to name just a few.
 
They have further responsibilities held in conjunction with other Local Authoriities including Sheltered Housing, Libraries, Southern Swimming Pool and the Southern Civic Amenity Site.
 
Local Authority Elections take place on 23rd April 2020. The Merged Authority of Arbory qnd Rushen will have 6 vacant seats – 3 in Arbory Ward and 3 in Rushen Ward.
 
If you are interested in standing and want to find out more about what is involved, come and meet existing commissioners on one of the following dates:-
 
Wednesday 18th March
6 pm at Ballafesson Hall
Interested parties can stay for the meeting of Rushen Commissioners immediately afterwards.
 
Thursday 19th March
7pm at Halley McLaig Meeting Room, Ballabeg
Interested parties are also invited to attend the Arbory Meeting at 7.30 on the 1st April.
 
Nomination papers and information seeking election can be obtained from the Clerk, Phil Gawne, by emailing clerk@arbory.gov.im or phoning 834501.
 
The deadline for submitting completed nomination papers in 5.00 pm on Tuesday 31st March 202

Grow Your Own at Ballabeg Allotments

Would you like to grow your own vegetables but do not have room in your garden? Investing in a plot at Ballabeg Allotments might be the solution.
 
Ballamaddrell Allotments were established by Arbory Commissioners in 2010, with the assistance and co-operation of Prof. Simon Maddrell. The entrance is on the Grenaby Road, Ballabeg, and there are approximately 35 plots.
 
The day to day running of the site is administered by the Arbory Allotments Association and enquiries should be made to the Chairman, Mr John Atkinson, Tel. 425649 or e-mail atcoiom@manx.net
 
The facility is chiefly for Arbory residents, but others can be admitted if there are any spare plots available. Full and half plots available
 
A new initiative has been launched this year for those who may only want a small area. 8’ x 4’ bed sections can be rented for only £5 a bed a year!

Arbory Parish Commissioners – Rate Setting and Merger Updates 2020

Arbory Parish Commissioners – Rate Setting and Merger Updates.

On 24th  of January Manx Radio published a news item regarding Arbory Parish Commissioners rate setting and the forthcoming merger with Rushen Parish Commissioners. It has resulted in contact from parishioners with various concerns and queries. Consequently the commissioners would like to take this
opportunity to give fuller details and dispel some myths,

.Firstly the merger. Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners welcome Tynwald’s decision this week to approve the Order which will lead to the two parishes merging later this spring.

The parishes of Arbory and Rushen have existed as legal and ecclesiastical administrative areas for many centuries and while the Order creates one authority, the individual identities of the parishes will not be lost.

The order does though allow for administrative duplication to be removed which during the course of this coming financial year will lead to improved services and increased efficiency.

Secondly the rate setting.

When parishioners were written to and consulted about the merger, the letter sent did indeed refer to rates reductions not rises. But these savings can only be achieved AFTER the merger which will show in next year’s rate setting process.

This year’s rate setting was always done with care and attention to details and in the usual way. The costs of the Commissioners services will rise next year due to various factors outside of the Commissioners’ control, primarily as a result of inflation. This accounts for 2.5p of the increase. The costs for the amenity site alone have gone up by 37%. Arbory Commissioners could have gone for 129p rather than 130p but decided to be prudent and allow 1.25p for unexpected costs and one off merger costs. The remainder 1.25p is equalization of salaries which was agreed as in Arbory we were paying below a fair wage.

Rushen Parish Commissioners were in as slightly different situation in that for the last 5 years 10p was on the rates to raise funds for the Ballakilley Recreational project. Now the 50k has been raised, they have been able to take this off the rates. However, they have had to allow for refuse charges which were previously charged separately.

The authorities expect to generate savings next year once they merge, but until the merger happens, work to bring down costs cannot begin to take effect. The Commissioners only found out on Wednesday afternoon that the merger will definitely go ahead. The Commissioners could have taken a risk with their finances this year in the hope and expectation of future savings, but felt it prudent to budget cautiously to ensure a smooth transition to the merged authority.

Hindsight is always a wonderful thing and perhaps the Commissioners should have made it clearer at the consultation meetings that this year’s rate setting would be as normal plus an equalization with Rushen factor.

The vice chair of Arbory Commissioners Jane Glover says ‘we could have been clearer’ about when savings would be made from the merger with Rushen.

Jane Glover admits with hindsight, commissioners should’ve explained that savings from shared administration wouldn’t take affect until after the merger.

She says it’s likely ratepayers will see their bills come down in future years, once the change have taken effect.

It is worth noting that the rate is still considerably lower than some other southern parishes for example Port St Mary which has risen 2.5% from 338p to 346p.

If any rate payer would like to meet someone for a chat, please call Jane Glover on 492010.