Castletown Commissioners say they have submitted an FoI request as it accuses the DoI of blocking investment in the town.

The issue relates to an application to turn a main road in the town into a one way street for up to one year to allow for major building works to take place on a historic building.

The one way restriction could be put in place on Castle Street to allow for scaffolding to be erected while building works are carried out at Derby House.

The DoI held a public consultation on this proposal, but this closed on June 18.

In a statement today, the Commissioners said: ‘The Commissioners have submitted an FOI request in an effort to establish why the Department of Infrastructure are blocking local investment in Castletown through their inability to determine an application to erect scaffolding on the highway.

‘We are unaware of any similar applications in other local authority areas being treated in the same manner or operational decisions being deferred until after the election. An initial site meeting took place on 10th Feb 2021 and 7 months later the applicant remains in limbo.

‘Work to bring registered buildings back into the public domain through private investment should be encouraged. We hope that the new administration will bring a more proactive and positive attitude & the ability to listen to those elected to represent the local population.’

A spokesman for the DoI has told Gef: ‘A Freedom of Information request has been received from Castletown Commissioners in relation to an application from a property developer to erect scaffolding on the highway in the town centre. A response will compiled and sent to the applicant, and published in the usual way at gov.im/foi.’

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