Combined Housing List Application Goes Live

 

From Monday 12th September applicants seeking Public Sector Housing in the south of the island will have access to a much wider choice of properties than ever before as a Combined Housing Waiting List for the Southern Region is launched.

 

The Combined List, which has also been offered to all existing applicants, unlocks the opportunity for applicants to have a choice of housing from over 1,000 properties across the Local Authority areas of Port Erin, Castletown, Rushen and Malew, together with the Department of Infrastructure (DoI) housing in the southern parish areas. This will help to reduce applicants waiting time on the housing lists as they will now be considered for housing across the four Housing Authority areas and DoI rather than just one area, as was previously the case. This has been achieved by partnership working between the Local Authorities and the Department of Infrastructure.

 

From Monday applicants will be able to submit their Housing Application Form by post or by hand to any of Arbory, Castletown, Malew, Port Erin, Rushen and Santon or Department of Infrastructure Housing Division who will process the application according to the applicant’s choice of area.

 

Clerk to Port Erin Commissioners and officer lead for the Group, Jason Roberts, said

 

‘Early feedback from existing and prospective applicants has been very positive. Following an earlier press release we’ve seen an upturn in the number of new applicants wishing to be housed in areas where they previously were unable to be considered for, as well as a number of applicants wishing to transfer from other housing waiting lists in order to take advantage of the wider choice which will now be available for them’.

 

The Combined Application form and an FAQ sheet can be downloaded from any of Castletown, Port Erin, or the Department of Infrastructure Housing Division websites and will pilot initially for a period of 3 months.

 

Port St Mary Commissioners have declined to be a part of the Southern Area Housing Working Group so therefore any applicants who wish to live in Port St Mary should apply directly to the Port St Mary Commissioners Offices and cannot be included on the Combined Housing Waiting List.

 

The application form can be downloaded here: http://www.porterin.gov.im/housing

 

 

Issued on behalf of the Southern Area Housing Working Group on 12th September 2016.

The Southern Area Housing Working Group comprises of the Department of Infrastructure, Arbory, Parish Commissioners, Santon Parish Commissioners, Rushen Parish Commissioners, Malew Parish Commissioners, Castletown Commissioners and Port Erin Commissioners.

 

For further information please contact:

Jason Roberts, Clerk, Port Erin Commissioners  Email: j.roberts@porterin.gov.im  Tel (01624) 832298

By Election Result

THE LOCAL ELECTIONS
ACT 1986
PARISH OF MALEW
ELECTION OF ONE COMMISSIONER
(UNCONTESTED)
NOTICE OF CANDIDATE ELECTED

FINCH Andrew John 7 The Crescent, Derbyhaven

I hereby declare that the above named has been elected to serve as the Board of Commissioners for the Parish of Malew for a period expiring 1st May 2020

Mr. B.J. Powell
Returning Officer
Dated 17 August 2016

Shared Waiting Listings for Southern Authority’s Housing Stock

As part of its ongoing review of service provision, the Department of Infrastructure Housing Division and Public Sector Housing providers in the South of the island have formed a Southern Area Housing Working Group to work closely together in order to investigate, modernise and improve service delivery of Housing.

One of the initiatives being explored by the Group is that of a Shared Waiting List and Shared Allocations, meaning that in the future applicants may have considerably more choice over the number, location and type of property available to them.

Terms of Reference have been signed by Arbory Parish Commissioners, Castletown Commissioners, Malew Parish Commissioners, Port Erin Commissioners, Rushen Parish Commissioners, Santon Parish Commissioners and the Department of Infrastructure is at present exploring how to make this a reality.

During the initial stage of this review, each of the aforementioned Housing providers in the South will be writing to applicants held on their respective Waiting Lists during the week of 15th February to explain how this will be conducted.

Another aspect the Group is actively exploring is opportunities within the procurement of repairs and maintenance of the housing stock of more than 1,350 dwellings within the South.

Rates 2016

Malew rates remain at 175p

Malew Parish Commissioners are pleased to announce that the rates levied for the forthcoming financial year 2016/17 will remain at 175p.

It has been 10 months since the Commissioners took over the transferred services from the Department of Infrastructure. The Commissioners now have control over the road sweeping, weed spraying and hedge cutting (except for the A3 & A5) which the Board believes have been a very positive step and has resulted in programme of sweeping and spraying that hasn’t been seen for some time. A major capital project in the addition of street lighting in the Balthane Estate has been completed. This has proved to have been welcomed by the businesses and visitors of the Estate. The administration at Malew Commissioners has continued to demonstrate efficiency improvements, whilst also delivering new initiatives.

Looking forward to the next financial year we will continue with improvements to the transferred services and target those areas of need. There are changes to the structure of how Local Authorities are charged for waste and this has shown a slight increase in cost to Malew. However, it is positive that domestic waste will no longer be subject to the Waste Escalator charge which included the capital costs for providing the EfW plant which would have seen domestic waste taken to the plant being charged at around £170 per Tonne by 2018/19. Commercial waste disposal is to rise to £165 per Tonne. The contribution made by Malew to the Southern Civic Amenity Site remains unchanged.

Malew Commissioners encourage local residents to take a keen interest in our business. The updated website has attracted a large number of views since its launch in October 2015.

The Commissioners would like to remind all residents of the Local Authority General Elections that are taking place on 28th April 2016. Please ensure you are registered to vote. You can do this by calling into the Commissioners Offices.

Planning

Malew Commissioners consider all planning applications submitted to the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture, Planning Section that are relevant to the Parish of Malew.  The Commissioners do not have the powers to approve or refuse planning applications. They are, however, classed as an ‘Interested party’ and as such have extended powers to participate in the planning process.

The planning applications are presented to the Board of Commissioners for their determination and recommendations for approval or refusal, along with any conditions that are deemed appropriate to be imposed on the proposals, are forwarded to the Department.  Due to the deadline for submission to the Department, and the fall of the Board meetings, it is not always possible for public comments to be included in the presentation, and therefore Members may not always be aware of individual concerns.

Malew Commissioners will consider the proposals in a planning application primarily against the Island Strategic Plan and the Local Plan. Both these documents specify planning policies to control development, such as land use and zoning. Consideration is also given to representations made by consultees, (which may include other Government Departments, statutory bodies, interest groups and other local authorities) along with any private representations from members of the public.  The Board will measure all these matters against the merits of the proposal. Their findings and recommendations are then presented in a formal submission to the Planning Authority.

As an ‘Interested party’ to planning applications the Commissioners are afforded the right to appeal planning decisions which are special to the Isle of Man planning process.  Appeals may be submitted against a decision of the Planning Committee within the timescale allowed for which the Commissioners have to remit a fee of £150 to validate any appeal.

Once a decision on a planning application has been made it will not become final until the period in which appeal may be lodged (21 days) has expired.  The Commissioners have the same consultation period as the general public and must therefore make their submission within 21 days.

Planning Applications

We receive many enquiries about the process for obtaining and objecting to planning applications. To aid your understanding we would like to offer the following information:-

Planning Permission

–       Allowing or declining formal planning permission is a function of the Planning Section of the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture (not the              Commissioners)

–       Malew Commissioners will receive a copy of all planning applications relevant to the Parish of Malew.

Advertising

–       All planning applications are advertised by the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture on its website and a notice should be displayed on the site.

Viewing Plans

Anyone wishing to view the proposals can do so by either:-

–       Attending the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture, Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas; or

–       Viewing the application online; or

–       Attending the Commissioners Offices

 

Comments/Objections

–         All comments/objections MUST be sent to the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture within 21 days for them to be registered, however the Department will accept comments at any point prior to a decision being made.

 

For further information and the lastest planning application list, please visit  www.gov.im/categories/planning-and-building-control/

Statement on rates 2015-16

Dear Ratepayer

The past year has been most challenging and The Commissioners continue to look for ways to improve operating efficiencies. You may recall that in the early part of the year the day that refuse collected was changed, this along with changes to the kerbside recycling scheme has enabled us to ensure the most efficient use of the vehicles and labour time. This has resulted in a reduction in our fuel costs and cut down on the number of trips to the Energy from Waste Plant (EfW).  Also the bring banks that are in place at Abbotswood, Clagh Vane, the Railway Station, Derbyhaven and St Marks continue to be well used. Nearly 50 tonnes of waste has been collected at these sites over the past year, reducing the amount sent to the EfW saving some £4,000 in charges.

The Isle of Man Government continues to review its functions and the services it provides. It has identified functions that it believes would be better provided at a local level by Local Authorities. These functions are road sweeping, gully cleaning, hedge cutting and weed spraying. The Commissioners have agreed to take over these responsibilities but obviously there will be costs associated with it. Although the gate fee for EfW has been frozen for a year, the net result has no benefit for the Authority.  Regrettably, we have no alternative but to increase the rates to cover these costs as, unlike some other Local Authorities, we do not hold large reserves. The increase is just over 5% and equates to approximately £15 per annum for the average ratepayer. However, we hope that there will be a noticeable improvement in the level of these services as a result.

Please remember that the Rates Demand that you receive includes amounts that are not due to the Commissioners. For example a Rates Demand for an average property last year in Ballasalla would be broken down as follows:

Commissioners: £247.50

Water:                 £460.50

Churchyard:        £    9.00

Sewerage:           £  50.00

 

As you can see, the majority of your rates bill is due to Water & Sewerage Charges.

Over the coming year we hope to progress on a lighting scheme for Balthane, improvements at the Commissioners playing field ‘Keigh Keign’ and more recycling.

We do appreciate your continued support for our initiatives and sincerely hope that together we can make Malew a better and more desirable place to live.

Mrs B. A Brereton

Chairman.