Plan to Ban Cars from Road

Bad news for regular users of the road to nowhere and it’s suspiciously busy car park, as the DoI plans to ban cars from the entire length of Marine Drive. A consultation document allowing access only for pedestrians and cyclists. The gov says: ‘It will enable pedestrians and cyclists to exercise along one the island’s most scenic and picturesque stretches of road, free from concerns about motorised vehicles.’

Find the consultation here.

Lib Vannin QT Goes Online

The Liberal Vannin Party has chosen to move its Budget Question Time online. Participants include Eric Holmes, President, IoM TUC, Lawrie Hooper, MHK for Ramsey (Lib Vannin leader), Michael Josem, Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance and Neal Mellon, CEO, IoM Foodbank. For more info on the new debate, at 7.30pm on Thursday, visit

Under 25s Worst Hit by Job Losses

The UK’s unemployment rate has continued to rise, with 5.1% out of work in the three months to December 2020. Of these, almost 60% were under 25.

Brits Plan Holidays

Holiday firms and airlines have reported a surge in bookings after news of the road map out of lockdown. Despite questions over the return of international travel, the UK’s biggest holiday firm, Tui, said bookings for foreign trips jumped 500% overnight. The owner of UK-based holiday firms Hoseasons and said it sold a record 10,000 breaks. The UK gov said a decision on easing international travel would not happen until mid-May at the earliest. But Tui said its bookings for July-onwards had soared with Greece, Spain and Turkey the most popular destinations.

Duke to Stay in Hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh is being treated for an infection and is not expected to leave hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London last Tuesday as a precaution after feeling unwell. The reason for his admission was not initially given but the palace has now said he has an infection.

He is ‘comfortable and responding to treatment’, a short statement said.