There is an interesting programme tonight on BBC1 at 7.30pm about the cruise trade in Orkney. Are there any parallels or lessons to be learnt for the Isle of Man?
A wonderful weekend down at the Great Meadow. The weather was great, the ground underfoot solid and the exhibitors and public were smiling. I take my hat off to those that enter animals with all the preparations that goes into it, congratulations to those that took home silverware. Well done to the DEFA team, the DEFA tent was really buzzing with a great selection of produce and food from around the island. Two weeks to go and it’s the Royal Manx, let’s hope the weather is as benign.
Good news at last for residents in The Hope area of St Johns, the DOI have prepared a scheme of soft traffic calming measures which will involve gateway type access to the 30 mph limit, verge white lining and line modification of The Hope junction.
Details of the scheme are shown below
We have come up with a scheme that emphasises the speed limit of 30mph in both the north and southbound directions of the main Foxdale Road (A3) in the form of 30mph limit gateways. These include a localised area of red carriageway surfacing, signage and a white edge of carriageway line marking either side of the road. We are also proposing some edge of carriageway markings at the crossroads to slow vehicle speeds as drivers negotiate this junction.
Council of Ministers, a slightly reduced agenda as no Keys sitting next week. However still plenty going on.
Afternoon – constituency business.
With the anticipation of Tynwald sitting my diary clear so managed a lie in. Then to Tynwald for a detailed breakfast briefing on the Single Resident Record.
Followed by a catch up with my CEO as he will be on holiday from the end of a week. Contrary to popular opinion even through Tynwald has risen for the summer recess, the work goes on.
Almost the first order of business the President asked members to confirm suspension of standing orders so that we could sit until 10pm, a full order paper some 40 items plus 2 on a supplementary paper.
A total of 26 oral questions.
25 written questions. There were some substantial items both in expenditure terms such as the replacement of the East Cliff Resource Centre and construction of a new day services centre, Clagh Vane redevelopment new build and at long last approval for the Douglas promenade scheme.
Strategic Sea Services and the future user agreement were discussed briefly and members concluded that the floor of Tynwald was not the place to discuss or conduct further negotiation.
From my departments perspective the Animal Health Act 1996 Amendment aimed at eradication bovine viral diarrhoea was passed.
Finally item 40 a Petition for Redress on the Protection of the Historic Built Environment bought by David Cretney MLC to appoint a Select Committee to consider the same was defeated based on the fact that my department is already taking decisive action to address the backlog of registrations and move the registration and conservation process forward in conjunction with the Conservation Forum and Manx National Heritage.
Finally finished at 10.30pm – home by 11 – no supper for me.
Early morning return red eye special from Gatwick
Briefing with OFT (office of fair trading) on the drafting instructions for the competition bill.
Break and then Planning committee quarterly review and opportunity for both sides to talk about issues and for me to give a briefing on the vision for the future for planning at present in progress.
Later afternoon CEO catch up in preparation for Tynwald.
Start with a DEFA Policy and Strategy meeting a number of interesting items that are still confidential followed by a full Department meeting.
Afternoon meeting with constituents.
Peel regeneration meeting, although delayed in final finishing touches the Market Place scheme and periphery areas are nearly complete and it is hoped that all works will be completed by the end of July.
Finally but not least a visit to the Celtfest Isle of Man. This has been taking place at a number of venues around the Island and is sponsored by the Arts Council, Culture Vannin and Steam packet among others. The Peel Centre hosted The River presented by Hamish Napier, a music evocation of the river Spey his home territory proceeded by Scran a local group of musicians. Excellent and well worth putting in the diary for next year.
No Keys sitting and some seem to believe that as soon as parliament goes into recess we go on holiday, this is far from the case. Two directorate meetings. Fisheries directorate – where I am pleased to report that the queenie season has started well with moderate catches, which if stocks are as predicted will lead to a commercial viable fishery over the next two months.
Followed by Agricultural committee meeting where among other things we have made a commitment to continue the present ADS scheme until 2019 as we see how Brexit unravels the present EU policy and we continue to discuss ADS reform.