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Rob Callister, MHK


Dr Taylor’s Solar Panels Approved

Dr John Taylor’s application to install three photovoltaic trackers has been approved by planners.

The trackers tilt to increase the amount of solar power they capture.

They will be installed in a field on Douglas Road in Ballasalla.

Despite being able to capture “50,989 KW/Hrs per year”, planners were told the application is only for a domestic purpose, despite the concerns of objectors.

Objectors also criticised the impact the panels will have on the area both for a visibility and environmental perspective and said Dr Taylor had “not demonstrated they won’t impact the airport”.

Each tracker is […]

9 July 2024|Tags: , , |

Peel Sewage Plans Approved

Planners have given unanimous backing to a regional treatment works in Peel, which will largely stop the dumping of raw sewage into the sea.

Manx Utilities’ application is to build a treatment works on land just off Glenfaba Road in Sunset City.

The single storey building will have seven plants to treatment Peel’s sewage, with the potential to expand that if necessary.

Access will be through a long driveway used to navigate the steep contours of the landscape.

Impact assessment
The committee heard from two objectors who said the plans were not lawful as they lacked a […]

9 July 2024|Tags: , , |

Callister ‘certainly’ standing again in 2026

Rob Callister with manx FlagOnchan MHK questioned on his intention to seek re-election

Onchan MHK Rob Callister says he’ll be standing for election again in 2026, in what’s possibly the first public declaration so far.

He’s represented the constituency since 2016 and was re-elected in 2021.

But he told Manx Radio it’s only recently he’s decided to stand again:

9 July 2024|Tags: |

Assisted dying legislation ‘splitting the community’, says MHK

Rob Callister says referendum should be held on ‘election night’

An MHK says proposals for assisted dying laws on the Isle of Man are causing divisions between members of the Island’s parliament and the community.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister was speaking to Manx Radio ahead of the Tynwald Day celebrations in St John’s.

The House of Keys has spent several sittings debating the clauses of the proposed laws, and just recently calls for a public referendum were shot down.

Mr Callister says things like Dr Alex Allinson’s Private Members Bill can prove to be a […]

9 July 2024|Tags: , |

Calls for referendum on assisted dying law defeated

Politicians have spent most of this afternoon debating clauses and amendments to the legislation

Assisted dying legislation will not be put to a public vote after calls for a referendum were narrowly defeated.

Ayre and Michael MHK Alfred Cannan wanted to give the Manx public the final say on whether a law – allowing terminally ill people to request assistance to end their own lives – should go ahead.

He was unsuccessful in the House of Keys today (1 July).

The 11 MHKs who wanted to see a referendum were: Rob Callister, Alfred Cannan, Claire Christian, Ann Corlett, Julie Edge, […]

3 July 2024|Tags: |

Referendum ‘an attempt to throw proposals into the long grass’

house of keysMHKs voice concerns over calls for public vote on assisted dying

An MHK says calls for a referendum on assisted dying legislation is an attempt to ‘throw the proposals into the long grass’.

Onchan member Rob Callister made the comments at this morning’s sitting of the House of Keys.

Ayre and Michael MHK Alfred Cannan has been facing questions from his colleagues as the House sits as a committee, ahead of moving his amendment seeking support for a public vote on the issue.

Having heard about plans to update referendum legislation, Mr Callister […]

3 July 2024|Tags: |

MHK calls for Keys to grill Cannan over referendum plan

Rob Callister‘There are so many questions that need to be asked’ – Rob Callister

An MHK wants the House of Keys to be able to the quiz the Chief Minister over his 11th hour plans for a referendum on the Assisted Dying Bill.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister has made a request for tomorrow’s extra sitting of the Keys to be placed into a Committee session in order to question Alfred Cannan in detail about his referendum proposal.

The Chief Minister believes the Manx public should have their say on […]

3 July 2024|Tags: |

Items removed from sprawling den created at Onchan beauty spot

Visitors to Molly Quirk’s glen complained after tables, chairs and other items were left scattered.

Anyone who has been for a walk down Molly Quirk’s Glen in Onchan recently cannot have failed to notice the furniture and canopies cropping up in one area.

Tables, chairs and even a swing had been placed high above the river at the Little Mill end of the beauty spot. You could be forgiven for thinking a homeless person may have set up a living space there.

But a minister has now […]

3 July 2024|Tags: |

Plans for 109 new flats in capital approved

Plans for 109 new apartments in the centre of Douglas have been unanimously approved.

The Dandara development, situated between Lake Road and the River Douglas, will comprise six blocks of one and two-bed flats, raised courtyards, ground floor parking and a cycle path.

The redevelopment of the brownfield site, currently used as a car park, was welcomed and approved by a planning committee this week.

David Humphrey, planning director for Dandara said that once the planning approval notice is issued, […]

3 July 2024|Tags: |

What does a review of public sector head count mean?

The chief minister insists the process is ‘merely an exercise’

The chief minister announced he’s due to take a magnifying glass to tax thresholds, the cost of sea travel and an examination into public sector head count, with a view to ‘streamlining and driving efficiencies’.

But it seems unclear what any review of head count could mean.

Alfred Cannan made a series of announcements, which he says comes with the ultimate aim of understanding where efficiencies lie across the public sector.

As we just heard, public sector head count is one of them and according to […]

20 June 2024|Tags: , , |
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