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.

 

 

Miss N’s Teaching

Hello! My name is Stacey Newson. I am a local primary school teacher who is currently on maternity leave. I want to help the parents and children of my community through the Rushen Connect scheme. I have created a Facebook page called ‘Miss N’s Teaching Page’ to support the homeschooling of children during the coronavirus crisis. It focuses on developing children’s growth mindset. It would benefit lower juniors, but older children (and even parents) may also enjoy it too. 
 
To search for the page, type: Miss N’s Teaching Page into the search bar at the top of Facebook and send a request to join. The image below is what you are looking for.
Sorry for the teacher voice here but I think it is important to state that any misuse of the page, poor language or attitude etc will not be tolerated. I am not perfect and there maybe the odd spelling or grammatical error. Like I say to all the children I teach…mistakes are proof you are trying. #BeKind

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.

Street Lights – Update

Street Lights – Update

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Although it does not feel like it on Sunday 29th March we officially entered British Summer Time (BST) and clocks were adjusted by +1 hr.

Typically MUA manually update street lighting clocks across the network to reflect these changes. However currently due to the current travel and work restrictions in force as a result of CV-19 they are unable to carry out these works.

As a result our parish street lights will for the time being turn off 1 hour later than our desired switch off time at night .

Additionally early morning operation of street lights will also come on 1hr later but the “turn on” and “turn off” times at ‘dusk’ and ‘dawn’ will remain correct as these are controlled by photocells.

If you notice any faults in your area p/ease do not hesitate to contact out clerk Phil Gawne on 834501 or by email clerk@arbory.gov.im Alternatively call MUA on 687687.

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

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