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A weekly look at the Manx political scene in which Ewan Gawne talk to the politicians who are raising the issues and asking the questions in Tynwald, the House of Keys and also looking at local political issues around the island.

  • Agenda 18 November

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, November 18th, 2019 2:13pm

    Manx Utilities is aiming to build a new sewage  treatment plant in Laxey next year, at the cairns site by the village harbour. But a residents group is opposed to the plans, and wants the ‘Best For Laxey’ – we’ll look at both sides of the debate, and hear the position of Garff Commissioners

    And commissioners in Ramsey welcome news there’ll be flood defences built in the town, but want to make sure any scheme is attractive, and 'done to the right standard'. We hear from local authority members and a constituency MHK.

  • Agenda 11 November

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, November 11th, 2019 1:24pm

    An investigation is called by Malew Commissioners over fears decisions were made without approval. Slow down say Ballabeg residents to speeding motorists. And Douglas Council plans for a Bee Gees statue on the promenade.

  • Agenda 4 November

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, November 4th, 2019 12:43pm

    An Onchan commissioner resigns, accusing board members of trying to undermine him and creating a bad atmosphere at meetings. But the local authority's chairman insists members are told to treat each other with respect, and heated discussion is part of the job. Two politicians/businessmen unveil plans for a £6 million commercial sports centre at King Williams College, insisting the facility will be available to all on an equal basis. We speak to commissioner David Parnell, and MHK Ralph Peake.

  • Agenda 28 October

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, October 28th, 2019 1:57pm

    'It was like a courtroom' say some who took part in the Eastern area Plan inquiry, we hear from those who felt they were up against it. A housing development in Marown has left residents feeling sorely disappointed. Is the fracking debate a distraction? And all change at Malew Commissioners, but the new chairman insists there’s no lack of experience.

  • Agenda 21 October

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, October 21st, 2019 2:26pm

    A new skate park in Castletown is just weeks away from completion. We speak to the commissioner behind the project, and those building the 'world class facility' at Poulsom Park.
    Resident in Port St Mary fear a main road could collapse if development on the Underway continues – and Douglas Council wants to see changes to the way social housing is funded.

  • 14 October

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, October 14th, 2019 2:20pm

    Villagers in Laxey demand answers from Manx Utilities and government ministers over flooding which devastated homes along Glen Road. We get the reaction of residents, commissioners and MHKs from last week's public meeting.

    And what impact will the 'climate emergency' have on plans to zone swathes of greenfield sites under the Eastern Area Plan?

  • Agenda 7 October

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, October 7th, 2019 1:19pm

    Garff Commissioners say the devastating floods in Laxey could’ve been avoided, and want government to take action, we hear from chairman Jamie Smith, and local authority member Nigel Dobson. 

    Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas puts forward a plan to modernise rates, but critics aren’t sure it’s any better than the current system. We speak to Mr Thomas and Ramsey MHK Lawrie Hooper. 

  • Agenda 30 September

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, September 30th, 2019 1:24pm

    How does looking for gas in the Manx seabed fit into the government’s commitment to make the Island carbon neutral? MHK Ralph Peake and MLC Jane Poole-Wilson, members of the climate change transformation team, attempt to answer that question.

    And they could call men to arms, quell riots and light the beacons to warn of invasion – we speak to a new Captain of the Parish for Lonan, Stephen Carter.

  • Agenda 23 September

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, September 23rd, 2019 2:00pm

    Is the Island’s population really going to grow enough to need the more than 2,000 new homes earmarked in the draft Eastern Area Plan? Or are government hopes a distant reality?

    Our guest, author of the 2016 Isle of Man Population Atlas, statistician Paul Craine seeks to answer those questions.

  • Agenda 16 September

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, September 16th, 2019 1:46pm

    The Isle of Man Green Party is gearing up for its first conference this weekend, with community, clean energy and climate change all on the bill. We hear from party leader Andrew Newtown, and deputy leader Lamara Craine. Plans to turn Ramsey Courthouse into a community hub get the green light from planners. And there’s now a full set of Malew Commissioners after a by-election last week, we speak to the winners.

  • Agenda 9 September

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, September 9th, 2019 1:01pm

    We hear from the five candidates vying for the three vacant seats on the board of Malew Commissioners. With a by-election taking place on Thursday, the five hopefuls explain why they're standing. And in the second half of Agenda, foodbank users speak out about poverty on the Isle of Man, whilst the government insists steps are being taken to address the issue.

  • Agenda 2 September

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, September 2nd, 2019 12:42pm

    Do you know how much local authority members claim? Should they take allowances for attending meetings? Some do, and some don’t, we hear why. Commuters are fed up with the TT access road, but changes aren't likely to be made until 2022.  Finally, residents by Ballakermeen High School fear traffic calming measures could lead to further congestion despite claims to the contrary. 

  • Agenda 19 August

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, August 19th, 2019 12:19pm

    Commissioners in Castletown feel planners are frustrating efforts by developers to build new homes in the ancient capital. Those behind plans for glamping in Groudle explain more about the project, and we speak to the MHK, turned Health Minister, who promised to bring the issue of local authority reform to Tynwald every year unless 'sufficient progress is made'.

  • Agenda 12 August

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, August 12th, 2019 12:15pm

    The roll out of Bus Vannin’s 'dial-a-ride' minibus service has caused a stir in the north, where Jurby residents are unhappy with the loss of regular timetabled service, and a taxi driver leaves Kirk Michael due to ‘unfair competition’.

    And should the Tynwald ombudsman be able to investigate complaints against local authorities and statutory boards?

  • Agenda 5 August

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, August 5th, 2019 12:45pm

    A local authority merger special, as Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners investigate a possible union.

  • Agenda 29 July

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, July 26th, 2019 10:50am

    Businesses are suffering from the works along Douglas promenade, but who should be offering them compensation? Douglas Council says it shouldn't have to, but government should. Onchan Commissioners are wary of major development in their district under the Eastern Area Plan, and a play park revamp in Port Erin has come at an unfortunate time.

  • Agenda 22 July

    Posted by Sarah Hendy at Monday, July 22nd, 2019 5:00pm

    ‘Unparliamentary language’, allegations of institutional bullying and increasing Douglas Promenade refurbishment costs are the topics of this week Agenda, with Alex Wotton.

  • Agenda 15 July

    Posted by Sarah Hendy at Monday, July 15th, 2019 2:00pm

    In this episode we discuss the changing landscape of vocational training across the Island, with MHK Lawrie Hooper and University College Isle of Man Principal Jo Pretty. We also hear from the Treasury Minister on government’s plans to tackle the £3.7million deficit at Ronaldsway Airport. Plus the new chair of the Climate Emergency Consultative Transformation Team gives us his first thoughts on the Island’s position.

  • Agenda 8 July

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, July 5th, 2019 7:00am

    On this episode – new data on how many homes are needed in Douglas, Onchan, Braddan, Marown, and Laxey has sparked debate among politicians,
    It's ahead of the pre-inquiry meeting into the Eastern Area Plan, a document which once complete, will set out how land is zoned in the most populated part of the Island.
    Middle MHK Bill Shimmins is at odds with Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas on the issue of housing need, we hear from both of them.

  • Agenda 1 July

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, July 1st, 2019 12:00am

    On this episode, we reflect on the commemoration of the voyage of the Odin's Raven,to be held this Tynwald Day.

  • AGENDA 24 June

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, June 21st, 2019 5:35pm

    The Manx government has promised to make more information available on who owns the companies registered here, in a bid to improve transparency. But critics say the commitment is vague. Ramsey Courthouse appears to have a clearer future, and we speak to the politician of the year.

  • Agenda 17 June

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, June 17th, 2019 10:00am

    The Cabinet Office is beginning the process of developing an area plan for the North and West of the Island. Patrick Commissioners can't support Manx Utilities chosen site for a sewage treatment plant in the parish, and Onchan MHK Rob Callister weighs in on the residents' 'boundary confusion'.

  • Agenda 10 June

    Posted by EwanG at Thursday, June 6th, 2019 6:32pm

    On the programme – we speak to the Island’s two homelessness charities,Graih and Housing Matters, about grassroots work to tackle the issue. They tell me of a lack of suitable accommodation on the Island, what can be done to improve the situation for those without a home, and touch on the recent tragic case of an evicted council tenant.

  • Agenda 3 June

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, May 31st, 2019 6:11pm

    A finance watchdog has labelled the Isle of Man one of the top 20 most aggressive tax havens, but the chief minister has dismissed the findings as irrelevant. We hear from both Howard Quayle and the Tax Justice Network.

  • Agenda 13 May

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, May 13th, 2019 1:00pm

    Is planning enforcement improving? A committee hears evidence from the DEFA Minister, Douglas Council and MHKs on the subject – and a report which could lead to fundamental reforms of the Manx NHS is published. We hear from Sir Jonathan Michael.

  • Agenda 20 May

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, May 13th, 2019 1:00pm

    A NGO is calling on the Manx government to ban Saudi Pilots from using Ronaldsway Airport for training exercises. There's concern from Douglas Council over recycling levels, and an MHK explains her experience of standing for elections in Douglas at both local and national level.

  • Agenda 29 April

    Posted by EwanG at Friday, April 26th, 2019 4:40pm

    Bride and Ramsey Commissioners weigh in on the rates reform reform debate, and how changes may affect areas in the north of the Island. Are tenants given enough support before evictions take place? And a local politician questions whether the DEFA Minister should have so much planning power.

  • Agenda 15 March

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, April 15th, 2019 1:13pm

    An all-Island business rate; a good idea or bad idea? We hear from Douglas Council's David Christian and Policy and Reform Minister Chris thomas. And could the public buy shares in the nationalised Steam Packet? LibVann say it’s a way of ensuring taxpayers have a direct stake in the £124 million investment.

  • Agenda 8 April

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, April 8th, 2019 12:55pm

    Does government allow local authorities to spend enough on housing maintenance? Should a 25% cap be lifted? We hear from those who think so. The Mayor of Douglas says he’s here to stay and worth every penny, and two local authorities express their climate commitments.

  • Agenda 1 April

    Posted by EwanG at Monday, April 1st, 2019 3:01pm

    On the programme tonight, getting doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis is a problem, according to one UK medical expert,tram lines are laid as the promenade scheme inches forward and we hear from the organisers of the community push against development plans in Peel. .