Keys – One question for me regarding upkeep and maintenance of the Groudle Glen Waterwheel and whether DEFA are responsible for its repair and upkeep. At present advice indicates that we are not, but I indicated that the department is willing to enter into negotiations with Onchan Commissioners who are the freeholders to secure its future.
There were seven other questions for oral answer and three questions for written reply.
Two bills for first reading Bill of Exchange (Amendment) Bill 2016, Treasure Bill 2016 and the final item was the second reading of the Equality Bill 2016. It was pointed out that this originally started its passage in 2011 and is a piece of legislation that will bring us into line with the excepted rules in the UK and other jurisdictions. It was ably proposed by my colleague Minister Chris Thomas and passed unanimously despite an attempt to refer the same to committee.
The order paper was proceeded by an emergency motion by Mr Robertshaw concerning the Vision 9 position but this motion was defeated.
Afternoon – back to DEFA for further department business.
Groudle Glen Waterwheel in its heyday
Early start – a Peel Regeneration Meeting at Peel Town Hall. Some interesting ideas and discussions, a number of work streams developing, sadly as always constrained financially.
Later morning – joint meeting with DOI and MUA to discuss the Raggatt Leachate and possible solutions to the same.
Afternoon – visit to Middle Park Recycling Facility an informal visit to look at their different recycling streams.
A visit to the Peveril Rifle Club Range, very cold, then to Manx Radio for an interview following the death of Fidel Castro, some local interest as Suzie and I have been to Cuba four times and were hosted some time ago by the then British Ambassador.
An early evening visit to Foxdale and The Baltic for the unveiling of the community Christmas tree. Another good turn out and well done to Geoff Gelling for his efforts in securing a tree and Judith, The Baltic landlady, for hosting the same.
A welcome break from Ministerial Duties, some constituency work then to Glen Maye for our first Christmas Fair. Some interesting stalls and a few purchases for Christmas.
A quick change then to Peel Golf Club for the Peel Ladies Lifeboat Guild RNLI wine and savoury evening. Another good turnout raising just under £4,000. Great food, all prepared by the members and an excellent auction. We did our bit buying two pictures, one a water colour Peel Harbour and the other a photograph of a sunset over Peel Castle by a local photographer, now safely installed on our walls.
Morning – Council of Ministers.
Welcome relief an excellent lunch at The Boatyard in Peel.
Afternoon – DEFA
See link to short version comment re Low Scallop Stock Affects other Jurisdictions – http://147-5433bc3297b05.radiocms.com/news/isle-of-man-news/low-scallop-stock-affects-other-jurisdictions/
Morning – Council of Minister Workshop.
Afternoon – Short listing for Office of Fair Trading board vacancies.
Later afternoon – DEFA further detailed discussions with regard to King Scallops and the Meat Plant.