Civic Service – Event Postponed

Civic Service – Event Postponed.
 
After much discussion between Arbory Church and the Commissioners it has been agreed to postpone Arbory Parish Commissioners’ Civic Service, due to take place this Sunday 15th March.
 
Arbory Church had communication from the Bishop telling them to cancel any catering. Without catering the event loses its social part which is as important as the service itself.
 
While Isle of Man Government advice regarding the Corona Virus would appear to allow for such a gathering to take place, there was also concern regarding having a large number of people in close proximity. The concerns from the Church members have been carefully considered when making the decision to postpone.
 
Although no cases of Covid 19 have been identified on the Isle of Man and this may seem a strong reaction, Arbory Church and Arbory Commissioners are not prepared to take risks when vulnerable people are involved i.e. the elderly. They have a duty of care for congregations and parishioners at this key stage of the virus’ development.
 
 
For further information please contact Jane Glover by phoning 492010 or emailing j.glover@arbory.gov.im

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.

Merger of Arbory and Rushen Approved by Tynwald

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.
 
Both Parishes have this month set a rate of 130 pence in the pound which will mean a reduced rate for Rushen on last year due to a £50,000 reserve for the proposed Ballakilley Recreational Area now being achieved, and a 4% increase for Arbory to cover a 1.9% inflationary increase on most services, and prudent budgeting to cover one-off costs associated with the merger. 
 

It is expected that cost efficiencies will be generated during the first year of the merger which could be passed back to rate payers in future years.

 
Media contact: Mrs J Glover – 492010‬ or j.glover@arbory.gov.im – available from Monday am.

FOI Request Response

INFORMATION REQUESTED:
I am looking for areas of land, 2 acres or more that are available belonging to the commissioners or others
please supply a map with location of areas and any details you may have regarding them, thank you.
 
RESPONSE:
The Commissioners do not have any land which meets your requirements.

Potential Merger of Older Persons Sheltered Housing Provision, Southern Region

Potential Merger of Older Persons Sheltered Housing Provision, Southern Region.
 
Sheltered Housing boards in the south of the Island are considering merging in what will represent a radical modernisation of publicly-funded older persons’ housing.
 
The boards of Arbory, Castletown, Malew, Port St Mary, Port Erin and Rushen propose the formation of a Southern Sheltered Housing Board, replacing the separate local authority housing Boards of Castletown and Malew Elderly Persons Housing Board, and Marashen Crescent Housing Committee with the newly-formed board having overall responsibility for all sheltered housing in the south.
 
Having considered the principle of the merger, the boards are now working with the Department of Infrastructure to draft an Order which, if approved, will eventually be recommended for approval to Tynwald.
 
Hayley Fargher, Clerk to both Boards and lead officer for the merger, said: “The process is in the very early stages as we still have some due diligence to do and will be consulting on the draft Order before finalising arrangements. However, I am really excited about how positively the proposal has been received and look forard to it becoming a reality.”
 
“The benefits of one regionalised service are obvious both in terms of our existing and future tenants’ needs and wellbeing, and for the good governance and improved service which can be delivered from one joined up service. I am delighted that once again we are able to demonstrate that local authorities can and do work together for the wider benefit of society.”
 
For further information please telephone Port St Mary Commissioners Office 832101.

Arbory Parish Commissioners’ Privacy Policy

Arbory Parish Commissioners’ Privacy Policy

The Clerk to Arbory Parish Commissioners is the data controller for any personal data you provide. The information you provide will only be used to respond to your query or deal with your complaint and will be retained in accordance with our retention policy.

Personal information
In order to use many of our services or ask for our assistance, you will be required to submit some personal information, such as your name, your address, your postcode, email address or phone number.

We have a legal duty to ensure that our processes are fair and that we keep your personal data safe and secure, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2002. We do not share your personal information with anybody else without your knowledge unless we are required by law to do so.

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as it is needed for the service you have requested and remove it in the event that the purpose has been met.

Disclosure of personal information
In many circumstances we will not disclose personal data without consent. However, when we undertake certain work to improve the Parish, for example, we may need to share personal information with our contractors and with other relevant public authorities.

Access to personal information
The Arbory Parish Commissioners try to be as open as possible in giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act. If we do hold information about you, we will:

  • give you a description of it;
    • tell you why we are holding it;
    • tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
    • let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

To make a request you need to put the request in writing to the Clerk, Arbory Parish Commissioners, Lamode, Ballakillowey Road, Rushen IM9 4BP.

If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone. If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes by, once again, contacting us.

Complaints or queries
Arbory Parish Commissioners aim to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.

This privacy notice was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of the Commissioners’ collection and use of personal information. However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to the Clerk, Arbory Parish Commissioners, Lamode, Ballakillowey Road, Rushen IM9 4BP.

 

Links to other websites
This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Isle of Man Public Record Office
Your personal data may be permanently retained for research use at the Isle of Man Public Record Office if the records containing your personal data are selected for permanent preservation under the Public Records Act 1999. The Isle of Man Public Record Office preserves records of Isle of Man public authorities that are of long-term historic and cultural value.

Access to and use of records at the Isle of Man Public Record Office is governed by legislation, in particular the Public Records Act 1999, the Public Records Order 2015 and the Freedom of Information Act 2015.

Some records are made available to the public for research use, whilst others are covered by access restrictions to ensure sensitive information that should be confidential for a period of time is protected. Where your personal data is included in records transferred to the Record Office, an assessment will be made of whether the records should be covered by an access restriction based on this legislation. Access restrictions will be applied to records as appropriate under this legislation to prevent unlawful access to your personal data. Your personal data will not be used by the Isle of Man Public Record Office for any automated decision making.

The Isle of Man Public Record Office is part of the Department for Enterprise and can be contacted at: public.records@gov.im, or Unit 40A Spring Valley Industrial Estate, Braddan, Isle of Man, IM2 2QS. The Department for Enterprise Data Protection Officer can be contacted by e-mail at: DPO- DfE@gov.im

Changes to this privacy notice
We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 16th May 2018.

 

Commissioners Accounts

In accordance with the Isle of Man Audit Act 2006 and Section 17 of The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2013 , Arbory Parish Commissioners advise all interested parties that their accounts for 2015/16 have now been received.

The accounts have been posted on this website and can be inspected at the office of Arbory Parish Commissioners by appointment at any reasonable time.