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The Hoary Issue of Planning!

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planning-mistakes"The hoary issue of Planning" - that's how the Chairman introduced the topic to David Cretney when the DOI Minister recently appeared before the Environment & Infrastructure Policy Review Committee.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:06
 

Planning Pandemonium - 'Admission is Astonishing'

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Text of Letter to the Isle of Man Examiner as published October 22nd, 2013

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Those of your readers who have had the frustration of challenging the planning authorities over procedures, decisions and delegations of authority under which the majority of planning decisions are made, may be interested in the revelations contained in this letter.

In recent years I have drawn their attention to -

  • errors in the drafting of the Town & Country Planning (Development Procedure) Order 2005
  • erroneous/unlawful decisions made by the Department, the Planning Committee and officers with delegated authority
  • inconsistency in the wording of delegations of authority; and
  • erroneous/unlawful decisions under such delegations.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:07
 

Obesity outburst clouds real issue

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The sweeping statements made about obesity in the Isle of Man by Chief Minister Bell appears to be based on a commissioned study conducted by Theodoros M. Bampouras, Senior Lecturer in Sport Mechanics and Performance Analysis at the University of Cumbria.

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The resultant report of 30th November 2012 is quite specific in that it is confined to data analysis from 5 year old school entrants in 2012.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:06
 

Bell's Obesity Outburst

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bellIn late August, perhaps to divert attention from criticism of Noble's Hospital and the letter of no confidence in the Health Minister (signed by 10 MHKs), Chief Minister Bell went on a divergent tirade about obese IOM schoolchildren.

Inexplicably he linked his outburst to elderly people placing pressure on health services and that parents of overweight children may be guilty of neglect or even child abuse.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 17:55
 

10 months of Parliamentary Questions

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There was a minor rumpus in the final (July) Tynwald - a number of oral questions tabled by MHKs were not able to be answered, because there was not enough time.

Some Ministers were also discontent because blocks of questions were being asked of them. Treasury Minister Teare was one such complainant.

As a result  Speaker Rodan requested the Tynwald Standing Orders Committee to examine the rules and practice relating to oral and written questions.

PAG decided to analyse the question time sessions for the parliamentary year (October 2012 to July 2013)

1. How many questions were submitted and of which type?
2. Which MHKs did the asking?
Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 17:57
 

Adult services - Fair Access and Charging

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This thought-provoking consultation document is well worth a look. Existing services are not always well co-ordinated and on occasion access requirements can be tricky to determine.

Of course, you and yours may not be in need at present, but who knows what the future holds?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:58
 

Public Broadcasting consultation

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Following our meeting this month, tomorrow marks the deadline for your comments on the future of Manx public broadcasting services. 

Should Tynwald have a commitment to public service broadcasting?

Should Manx Radio remain the Island’s national broadcaster?

The committee on public broadcasting is made up of chairman Richard Ronan MHK, Onchan MHK Zac Hall and Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan. It was set up in December in the wake of a Treasury report into the public broadcasting subvention which was carried out in July 2012. They will look at the policy, delivery, cost and scope of public service broadcasting before reporting back to Tynwald.

Raise your concerns in writing to:

Committee Secretariat

Legislative Buildings
Finch Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 685500
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More information   

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:54
 

The perennial excuse - 'commercial confidentiality'

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Did the Speaker Rodan eventually get an answer  to his October Tynwald written question 16 to which we referred in our FOI piece 17.10.12?

 

Well yes and no! The Chief Minister replied 3 weeks later, thus finally completing a long list of consultant appointments

 

Rodan's original question in January asked for detailed information including the total cost of each government consultancy contract.

 

In the latest answer two posts stand out - Director of European Affairs (Chief Secretary's Office) and Financial Services Advisor (DED). Each is a 3 year appointment, but no details of fees are given because of the perennial excuse of 'commercial confidentiality'.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 08:58
 


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