Climate Change Public Consultation and Drop In Sessions

A public consultation on the draft Climate Change Bill opens today on the Consultation Hub:
 
 
The consultation will run for 6 weeks, closing at 5pm on Tuesday 1 September.
 
To assist with responses, we are offering four drop-in sessions to meet with DEFA officers who will be able to answer questions and provide additional information on the Isle of Man Government’s climate action work.
 
The drop-in sessions are as follows:

North 
Ramsey Town Hall: 12-7pm Wednesday 5th August 
East 
Henry Bloom Noble Library: 12-6.45pm Thursday 6th August 

West 
Peel Centenary Centre: 12-7pm Wednesday19th August 

South 
Port St Mary Hall: 12-7pm: 12-7pm Thursday 20th August 

Everyone is welcome to the sessions and there is no need to pre-book a place. It would be helpful if those with a specific/technical query get in touch in advance, to ensure that the right people on hand to help.


It will also be possible to arrange other times to discuss the consultation and additional online sessions will also be organised.
 
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
 
Kind regards
 

Rowan Henthorn

 

Ecosystem Officer
Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St John’s, Isle of Man, IM4 3AS.
Tel: 01624 695738
 
 

Arbory Parish Hall Reopening 29th June

Arbory Parish Hall Reopening.
 
Arbory and Rushen Commissioners are pleased to confirm that Arbory Parish Hall will be reopening on Monday 29th June.
 
Some of our regular users will be running their session from this date whilst others are waiting until September to recommence.
 
 
New regulations that have been implemented by the Trustees in accordance with official advice are as follows:
 
1. Hand sanitiser must be used at entrance and in toilets or kitchen;
 
2. Space for social distancing must be made available for those who request it;
 
3. Cash cannot be used for payment purposes, which should be by electronic transfer;
 
4. A register of all attendees must be kept and retained by the person in charge of any hiring Group, with date, name and contact details of attendees. Hopefully, this will be reviewed and discontinued as soon as Trustees are advised.
 
New booking for parties etc are being administered by Deputy Clerk, Colin Kniveton. He can be contacted by phoning 824049 or emailing deputyclerk@arbory.gov.im.
 
 
 
 

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.

Quing TV

Quing TV is a community driven project helping people in the present crisis.  Offering a place to connect, interviews, education, workshops and a global network of community projects and learning conversations so people from around the world can connect and learn of each other. There are also daily wellbeing practice workshops.

Quing is co-producing content and education packages to meet the  needs of the community through the forums in our members area. We ask people who want to connect with us to set up an account and receive a weekly email with the schedule. This can be found here: https://quing.im/quing-tv/

 

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.

Arbory Connect – Covid 19 Community Support.

Arbory Parish Commissioners have launched a support scheme which will operate during the Covid 19 Crisis period. It is called Arbory Connect – Covid 19 Community Support.

Letters will be sent to all residents by the end of the week outlining details. In the meantime details are posted below and will be added to our website.

Dear Arbory Resident

With the current need to self-isolate, practice social distancing and increasingly restrictive measures to contain the Covid-19 virus, your Commissioners have decided to find ways to keep people connected and the Parish functioning as best as possible.

This letter is a first response to the Covid 19 Crisis to let you know Arbory Parish Commissioners are developing ways to assist you. The situation is constantly changing, and our work will evolve as events unfold. As things develop, we will form collaborative partnerships with other organisations and of course we will be working closely with Rushen too.

Most importantly, we need your feed-back and thoughts so we can develop services which best suit your needs. No one has been here before and there are no experts other than the people living through this right now. If you have any suggestions ideas or thoughts get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Our aspirations include trying to find ways to do the following to make life easier for parishioners:-
• Deliver food and provisions to people who need it
• Work with Shoprite to deliver the essentials via our network of volunteers
• Connect you to businesses that can deliver to your doorstep e.g. ‘Cooil Bros Ltd’, Colby Spar, Island Seafoods.
• Connect you to businesses that offer a meals on wheels service e.g. The Sound Café
• Provide links to people that you could teach via a video feed
• Ringing people regularly to check they are ok

Of course we will be taking every necessary precaution to stop the virus spreading.

We are thinking about setting up a ‘traffic light’ community monitoring scheme but we need volunteers to make it viable. Basically, you put a card up in your window depending on your needs as follows:

Green means all is good
Amber means that I need some help like shopping
Red means in need of immediate help.

At present don’t have enough people to check the whole parish but if we get enough volunteers, we’ll set up the scheme and write again to let you know.

Another service already up and running is for people self-isolating who want to talk to a therapist about these very troubling times. Arbory Parish Commissioners working through local charity Quing are offering free 30 minute appointments with their team of qualified therapists via video call. Please contact our Clerk if you want to arrange an appointment.

IT IS VITAL WE HAVE A STRONG GROUP OF FLEXIBLE VOLUNTEERS IF WE ARE TO FULFIL OUR ASPIRATIONS. Already several volunteers have stepped forward to help. If you are under the age of 55 and have no underlying health conditions, please let us know how you can assist.

If you are interested in helping or if you need any help please call or email our Clerk or Deputy Clerk as follows:-

Deputy Clerk – Colin Kniveton on 836454 or at deputyclerk@arbory.gov.im

Clerk – Phil Gawne on 834501 or at clerk@rushen.gov.im

Colin will be co-ordinating the Arbory effort whilst Phil focuses primarily on Rushen and of course you can also contact one of your commissioners too.

To keep up to date with the latest news, follow our FaceBook page which will be sharing updates from Isle of Man Government and Manx Radio news.

We are experiencing challenging times and do not know how long this will last. We will be remaining positive hope this crisis is also an opportunity for our wonderful communities to work together at their best.

Best wishes and take care,

Stephen , Jane, Murray and Ady

Arbory Parish Commissioners

Japanese Knotweed Control in Colby River – Good News Update.

Arbory Parish Commissioners started a 5 year campaign to control Japanese Knotweed in the Colby River in 2018. Below is the latest report from the contractor undertaking the works
 
“In summary, control thus far has been very good, with a higher rate of control than initially anticipated. The weather has also stayed warmer, for longer this year, allowing us to continue for longer, until any treatment would have been rendered ineffective.
 
In addition to the area originally agreed, we continued control to 2 fields beyond the Railway line.
As per usual, we will be making regular checks through next Spring and Summer to monitor progress, but all is certainly looking good so far.”

Southern Civic Amenity Site – Christmas Opening Hours and Contacts

SCAS.IM
http://scas.im/