Early morning meeting at Glen Wyllin Kirk Michael to look at coastal erosion, particularly around the Trout Lodge. We are going to have to look at this in more detail particularly with regard to cost and benefit of arresting the erosion.
Manx National Farmers Union joint liaison meeting, a wide ranging discussion about all matters agricultural on island including young farmers and ADS and other routine matters.
Afternoon meeting with CEO and Planning Officers. Discussion around a vision for our planning system for the future and terms of reference.
Later afternoon visit into Peel then some light relief, my first motorcycle TT circuit this year. It would have been rude not to bearing in mind the lovely weather.
For information my reply to Tynwald questioning as to whether DEFA should take over centralised catering services
As always a full weekend. Constituency work on Saturday with a clay pigeon shoot. Sunday saw us at The Cathedral Church of Saint German (Peel Cathedral) for the opening of the Cathedral’s Labyrinth by Mr John Morphet, Chair of the Cathedral Campaign.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the weather was like this every weekend.
Something I have been looking forward to, an estate tour with the new political members and officers. What a lovely day for it. DEFA has wide ranging upland estate and it’s playing its part in managing water run off to reduce flooding risk and I am pleased to say facilitating recreational public access in many of the forestry areas.
Council of Ministers – as always wide ranging discussion.
Lunchtime – presentation on the abortion situation in Northern Ireland facilitated by Doctor Allinson.
Later meeting with the Bank politicians, it seems we have an annual review.
A pleasant evening with constituency friends, there was much decision over our upland areas and their management.
As Tynwald finished Tuesday evening a rare day to catch up with constituency business. Spent some time in Peel talking to a number of people and even managed an all day breakfast.