Main Road, Colby Temporary Suspension of Parking for Patching Work

Main Road, Colby – Temporary Suspension of Parking for Patching Work.
The Department of Infrastructure gives notice that under section 3 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985, it will suspend parking on both sides of that section of Main Road, Colby, from its junction with the Colby Glen Road and its junction with Ballacriy Park.
This notice will be in force on 22nd August 2019 from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm or until the patching work is completed, whichever is the earlier.
The work is being carried out by the Department of Infrastructure, telephone number 850000.

Vacancy – Deputy Clerk to Arbory and Rushen Commissioners



Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners have a vacancy for the part-time position of Deputy Clerk.

This post is part-time and salaried. Due to the varied nature of the work involved, the applicant will need to be able to work flexible hours and work an average of twenty hours per week.

The applicant will need to provide some office space in their home and the ability to drive their own vehicle is essential.

Ideally, applicants should have a good knowledge of the Parishes of Arbory and Rushen and have a keen interest in their local community. He/she should live either in or close to the Parish Districts of Arbory and Rushen.

Technical skills required include:

  • Computer literate – social media and website maintenance
  • Basic knowledge of book-keeping

Desirable attributes include:

  • Self-motivation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Sense of humour


Closing date for applications is Friday 16th August 2019.


For further information and job description please contact the Clerk, Lamode, Ballakillowey Road, Rushen, phone 834501 or 416221, or email

Arbory and Rushen Commissioners – Potential Merger

Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners

Clerk / Cleragh: Mr Phil Gawne BSc
Telephone: 824049 Telephone: 834501

29th July 2019.

Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners are writing to parishioners today to announce some administrative changes which will lead to an improved service, as well as to ask for views on some exciting proposals to improve the efficiency of service provision in both Parishes.

In the next few months the two Parishes will be recruiting a Deputy Clerk, with the Clerk then reducing his hours accordingly. This move allows the Clerk to use his skills and experience to undertake the key roles of political and financial support, while the Deputy Clerk will provide more general administrative assistance.

If you’re interested in the new Deputy Clerk’s role please contact the Clerk for more information using the contact details above. Details will be publishedon Arbory’s website later today.

Arbory and Rushen always focus on delivering best possible value for the money you provide and due to the changes above, the Commissioners have been looking to see what greater efficiencies from closer working between the two Parishes can be achieved.

The Commissioners are keen to hear views on the following options and would welcome your feed-back either through the Clerk using the contact details above, or through attendance at following public meetings – Ballafesson Methodist Hall, 7.30 on 11th September, or Arbory Parish Hall, 7.30 on 12th September.

Option 1 – Merged administration
Under this option, one authority would provide under contract to the other authority all the services currently delivered by that authority. So, one administrative entity would provide services for two both Parishes with each Parish paying its share of the cost of service delivery.

There would be some savings to be made in officer time (around four hours a week) and a penny on the rates would most likely be saved. The two Parishes would remain separate legal entities under this option.

Option 2 – Full merger
Under this option a new legal entity would be created, Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners, made up of two separate wards of Arbory and Rushen. Significant officer time savings of around a day a week would be made if this option were supported and a 4p in the pound reduction in rates would be delivered.

Such a merger would most likely result in a reduction in the number of Commissioners, perhaps to three for each ward.

While such a merger has been inconclusively discussed by both Boards on several occasions over the past decade, it is recognised that it would be a significant step for the Parishes to take.

The Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners are keen to hear your views and guidance before reaching any conclusion on what would be a momentous decision for our Parishes.

Please let us know your views by writing a letter or email to the Clerk using the above contact details.

Thank you in anticipation of your most valuable feedback.

Stephen Gawne, Chairman of Arbory
Stan Pilling, Chairman of Rushen

Laa Columb Killey 2019 – Congratulations and Thank You

Congratulations and Thank You.
Arbory Parish Commissioners would like to congratulate the LCK Committee for once again organising one of the best community events on the Isle of Man. The sun shone and the fair field was filled with smiles and laughter. Well done!
Of course the Commissioners would like to thank ALL the volunteers that helped the event take place- without the amazing teams of helpers it simply would not happen.
Finally, thank you to everyone that attended and entered competitions. Your continued support is sincerely appreciated.
Looking forward to 2019 already!

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 – AGM Appointments.

Arbory Parish Commissioners AGM Appointments.
At their AGM held on Wednesday 22nd May, Arbory Parish Commissioners voted unanimously to elect Stephen Gawne as their Chairman for the forthcoming year with Jane Glover as Vice Chair.
Representive appointments to several joint boards were also made as follows:-
Southern Civic Amenity Site – Murray Cringle
Southern Swimming Pool – Adrian Cowin
Marashen Crescent Housing Board – Jane Glover
Municipal Association – Adrian Cowin
Southern Healthcare Committee – Jane Glover
Full minutes from the meeting will be available to view on their website next week.

Arbory Endowment Committee

Arbory Endowment Committee
Arbory Endowment Committee is responsible for overseeing the money that has been left for the relief of those in need in the Parish.
They are allowed to make one off payments to help the purchase of specialized items and for small regular payments when these are deemed to be necessary.
They are happy to try and help anybody in need and can be contacted as follows:-
By phone 07624493429 e-mail to

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:, 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-

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


Free Membership to Henry Bloom Noble Library for Arbory Residents

Arbory Parish Commissioners have made arrangements with Henry Bloom Noble Libray so that Arbory residents can enjoy membership and all it brings for free.  This is a trial for one year and decisions on continuation will depend on usage.

A Henry Bloom Noble Library card entitles you to:

  • Borrow up to 8 items including books and audiobooks
  • 2 hours of free PC use
  • Free wifi
  • Download up to 6 eBooks or audiobooks
  • Download free eMagazines, comics and graphic novels
  • Free access to online reference resources

The library has over 30,000 books including the bestsellers in adult fiction and nonfiction, books for children and young adults, graphic novels, an extensive Manx collection, language courses, large print and audiobooks. They also offer a jigsaw swap.

There are 16 PCs and 2 iMacs available for public use with printing facilities and a photocopier. We have a study area with charging points, tables and free wifi as well as offering a full online range of reference materials from Encyclopaedia Britannic and Oxford Online.  They also have a hot drinks machine and a water cooler.

The children’s area has special furniture and offers books from board books and picture books for babies and toddlers to the latest bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction for older children and a comprehensive young adult section. We also have a Barrington Stoke collection aimed to help children with dyslexia. We hold a story time each Thursday for pre-school children, children’s craft activities during school holidays and take part in the Summer Reading Challenge each year.

If you don’t come into Douglas you can have a whole library at home using your PC, tablet or smart phone! You can download eBooks and audiobooks, eMagazines, comics and graphic novels and view our online reference material. You can also renew or reserve items and search our catalogue of physical stock online. Their online library is available 24/7 just visit

Keep up to date with library news using our website or social media pages; we have Facebook and Instagram

What are you waiting for? Join HBN Library today!

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.