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Traffic themes to the fore in Henderson's questions

There are 35 questions for oral answer in Tynwald next week, with issues ranging from finance to flags.

More than a third of the items tabled are from North Douglas MHK Bill Henderson, who has particular concerns about the amount of traffic on both public roads and the Island's green ways.

Beth Espey reports (text, below, from attached audio file):

Mr Henderson wants a statement from the transport minister about the number of vehicles travelling around Governor's Hill, the use of the estate as a short cut to other areas and the implementation of traffic calming measures in that area.

He will also ask about the damage caused to the Island's countryside by motorised vehicles, and will ask the tourism minister if his department is actively or passively encouraging off-road bikers to come over here.

Mr Henderson also wants the chief minister to allow more flexibility in the approach to the public pension review.

David Cannan has a question on this subject as well - he only wants the arrangements to change for members joining after the end of June this year.

Other subjects on the paper include initiatives to promote new business following the G20 Summit, pay increases for chief executives, the end of the reciprocal health agreement, the review of the planning process and why there's a European Union flag flying outside the Steam Packet.

Questions will be broadcast live on Manx Radio AM 1368 from 10.30am on Tuesday.

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