Well it’s a good job the people of Arbory, Castletown and Malew elected Jason Moorhouse and Tim Glover otherwise the Tynwald security team could’ve taken the last fortnight off and I wouldn’t have been able to photoshop them to look like the Chuckle Bros.

After a week where the only questions came from the southern MHKs, we have another week where the only questions are coming from the southern MHKs.

The first three questions all relate, in one way or another, to the airport. First up Mr Moorhouse will ask Treasury Minister David Ashford what assessment has been made of the effect on flights between the UK and the island of the proposed changes to UK Air Passenger Duty; and what assessment has been made of the impact of these changes on visitor numbers?

After some circling over the first question, Mr Moorhouse will attempt a perfect landing when he asks DfE Minister Dr Alex Allinson what the dept is doing to enable the island’s tourist sector will benefit from the reduction in the UK’s Airport Passenger Duty.

Following a quick pat down from security, Mr Glover is up next to face Dr Allinson, asking the Minister what plans he has for the Airport Technology Gateway project. For those of you who enjoy a quick history lesson, former chief Allan Bell first suggested the ATG back in 2015 as a way to promote inward investment. The DfE then announced in 2019 that it had earmarked £2.1m for developing the ‘technology gateway’ to link the Balthane, the Freeport and Ronaldsway but since then we’ve heard very little about it.

Once Mr Glover has finished his grilling, Mr Moorhouse will continue be looking to add a bit of seasoning with a question for DEFA Minister Clare Barber, asking her how successful the 2021 Food and Drink Festival was; and if she will publish the report by the Marketing Partnership referred to in the statement issued by her Department in October.

The ACM MHK will bring down the house with one of his all time classics as he asks DoI Minister Tim Crookall what plans he has to review the red line painted around Arbory Parish Hall? Traffic control in the area was a regular question from Mr Moorhouse during the last administration and the displease in the constituency about this issue, I imagine it won’t be the last time we hear about it during this one.

Taking to Facebook, Mr Moorhouse said: ‘I remain concerned about the nature of this crossing and have raised it with the police who do appear to share my concerns. Renewed fears about this dangerous and highly inappropriate crossing were raised by residents, parents and children as part of recent discussions about encouraging pupils to walk to Arbory School.

‘Tomorrow, I will probably make reference to the speed table – However, the priorities will be:
1. As a ‘novel’ crossing which does NOT appear to be in the Highway Code, what advice can the Minister give to those people who are prepared to use the crossing?
2. What is the legal nature of this crossing?
3. The urgent need for signage before and after the crossing.
4. The need for signage by the side of the crossing to provide advice: about parking by the crossing and whether people can legally park ON the crossing.
5. Is this an appropriate location to have blister paving, that is used to signal to visually impaired people that it is a designated and recognised road crossing?

‘Hopefully the Minister Crookall will be far more responsive than his predecessors. Following initial discussions, the Minister has actually taken the time to visit the crossing which is a really positive indicator that change could happen…’

I know MHKs do a lot of work that we don’t see, particularly on behalf of their constituents, but with the only Keys questions coming from the boys from Sweet Home Ballasalla (and associated constituency villages) for the second week running, could somebody check on the rest of the backbench?

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