Government has already started the process of transferring services to local authorities, without any extra funding, and at the same time has been increasing charges and fees. In the face of this and due in a large part to the hard work of Commissioners staff the Ramsey rate has remained unchanged.
- This sort of financial prudence is needed by our national Government.
During my time as a Commissioner I have been pushing Government for these increased responsibilities, to be allowed to play a greater role in the management of our Town and I will continue to push for this if elected to the House of Keys.
- A close working relationship with the Commissioners is essential to ensuring government services are delivered effectively.
Surely more government services could be available from the Town Hall? In this digital age there is no reason why people should have to travel to Douglas to deal with central government services.
To help support local businesses, parking in the town centre could be extended to more than two hours in Market Square and on the Quay – and should remain free.
One of the most pressing local issues is the future of our Courthouse building. Despite the hard work of a dedicated group of people, of which I was extremely proud to play a part, we didn’t manage to keep the Post Office in the building, so we need to make sure that it’s future is secured as a community space for the benefit of our whole town. Ramsey Commissioners are working on this and I will continue to fully support their efforts to safeguard this iconic building.
Have a look at my April 2016 local election Manifesto for some more information