Cringle Plantation

An area of Cringle Plantation will be closed from Thursday to allow DEFA to carry out maintenance works. The works will take approximately two weeks to complete. Diversion signs will be in place.

Island Plan

As we reported earlier, the gov’s first draft Island Plan has been published this afternoon. The plan will go before Tynwald later this month and the public are being invited to share their thoughts on it.

Chief Minister Alf Cannan said: ‘Our Island Plan sets out a bold and ambitious vision for the future of the Isle of Man and a clear direction of travel for the next five years.  At its heart are the people of the Isle of Man and the work required to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. The Island Plan is simple, focused and high level to enable us to forge a strong sense of purpose and address the issues that matter most to our community.  I engaged with Tynwald Members within 24 hours of being elected as Chief Minister to ensure that our plan reflects their views and develop the issues MHKs heard on the doorstep in the lead up to the general election.”

‘This is very much a draft plan and has been developed for consultation and further input.  We are ready to listen.  Over the coming weeks we will be working to engage right across our island community to get feedback and views on the plan.  The first stage of this will be in Tynwald next week, where I look forward to hearing Members debating the plan. The feedback we receive will help us to refine the plan, with a final version going to Tynwald in January.’

More details on the programme of engagement will be released later this month, but comments can be submitted by emailing islandplan@gov.im or by writing to Island Plan, 3rd Floor, Government Office, Bucks Road, Douglas.

Jersey’s Covid Lab

The Jersey Evening Post is reporting that the island’s Covid testing lab is to close at the end of the month, raising concerns over PCR turnaround times if samples have to be sent to the UK. The imminent closure of the lab, which has been in operation since September 2020, was communicated by operators Open Cell to surgeries and pharmacies which offer private tests to islanders requiring a negative PCR result for travel abroad. However, the gov down in the Channel has said that waiting times for tests for symptomatic islanders and direct contacts of positive cases will not be affected, as these samples will be processed in a lab in Jersey’s General Hospital.

London’s Grand Prix

London is closer than ever to staging a Formula One race after funding was secured to build a circuit in the city’s East End.

Sportsmail is reporting that US investment firm 777 Partners are working with a UK sports group on plans to host a grand prix and develop a new sports and entertainment complex at the Royal Docks in the borough of Newham. The consortium have been in talks with F1 about introducing the London Grand Prix to the race calendar in addition to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The proposal has the full support of London mayor Sadiq Khan, who wants to bring F1 to the capital before his second term ends in 2024. London has long been mooted as a potential F1 venue, with previous proposals including a race taking in the city’s most famous landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

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