Local Policies

My belief is that the way forward is working together to achieve what is best for Glenfaba & Peel. 

Since being elected, I have been working with the commissioners and others on many projects including the sewage treatment plants, Western Wellbeing Centre, roads, East Quay improvements, QEII Stem block along side other projects

A Peel sewage treatment plant was close to being built but in the end the chosen site was unsuccessful. However, new sites have been identified and will be submitted for planning approval in early 2022. If all follows the present course of action, building will begin later next year. I have contended for this desperately needed project over its long history which has taken many twists and turns. At last, we are now on the brink of seeing it come to fruition.

The current schedule is:

  • Site to be confirmed by MUA in October
  • Submitted to Planning for approval early 2022

The key issues are that firstly the finance was approved by Tynwald in 2019. Prior to this, the strategy was approved by Tynwald and was later reaffirmed in 2018. The design has been completed and regulations for 2006 EU bathing standards have been passed by Tynwald.

I am absolutely passionate about how crucial a sewage plant is for Peel and will continue to fight for it. Steps taken so far include:

  • While Chairman of commissioners, we were united for a solution for Peel – a covered plant with tertiary treatment and which met EU 2006 standards. This was agreed by the MUA.
  • In 2015, when Peel Sewage Plant was not in the pink book – acquired the budget for the design fees and a commitment for the build
  • Persuaded colleagues to have the sewage treatment in the Programme for Government
  • Gave evidence to the Tynwald review committee in 2017 with the Commissioners
  • Successfully with the Commissioners threw out the review committee’s findings to have a further review and further delay the building
  • Secured testing and approval for a budget for treatment of the Raggatt leachate within the sewage treatment plant for Peel
  • Secured with colleagues Tynwald approval for the finance
  • Discussed with the various landowners over the possibility of a treatment plant site
  • Recently ensured the sewage plant was within the North-West plan
  • Successfully lobbied for the piping work for East Quay to be done

Having served on the integrated care steering group, Glenfaba and Peel are leading the way with the establishment of a Wellbeing Centre – a one stop shop for health and social care, incorporating all aspects of wellbeing. This new community hub will mean healthcare focused around an individual’s needs, directing them to the appropriate specialist care such as physiotherapists or mental health support. My aim is to continue to contend for more doctors, reduce waiting times and achieve overall better health care.

Having been able to acquire funding, our secondary school, the QEII School, is on course to lead the way through the planned building of a STEM block. This will enable young people to develop real life skills, promote better employment opportunities and even attract more young people back to the island.

The vital repair of our roads has been ongoing over the last five years, with around 19 km of reconstruction or resurfacing undertaken including the coast road to Kirk Michael and Glen Maye as well as East Quay. As minister of DOI, I was able to realise the reconstruction of the Heritage Trail from Peel to Douglas. This is due to be extended from St John’s to Kirk Michael. The improvements in and around Market Place were much needed and we’ve more recently seen renovations of property in Market Street and Douglas Street.

The Food Park has been updated and a new Art studio is now open, but even more can be done to attract businesses to Peel. To enable more working from the west, I would work with the commissioners and Department of Enterprise to create small industrial units or office space to allow virtual working.

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Having secured funding in the past for improvements to Michael Street, I will endeavour to do so in the future which will hopefully attract new businesses. Grants are available until October 2021 to update shopfronts and for events.

We need to ensure the Post Office network is adequately supported and there is the availability of cash in our community, which may need to be government subsidised.

My aim is to be open and always ready to listen and to that end I have hold regular surgeries, as well as publishing my first newsletter and regular updates through my website, twitter and Facebook page.

St John's from the hill