Magic Roundabout

Temporary traffic lights are to be installed in Ballasalla on the main Douglas to Castletown Road next week.

The temporary lights will be in place from Tuesday April 19 at the new roundabout by the main entrance to the Reayrt Mie housing development to allow for road surfacing, line painting and road sign installation works to be carried out. The traffic signals will initially be three-way before reverting to two-way for the remainder of the works.

Dandara Housing Director Ciaran Downey said: ‘We would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused. These essential works are being carried out in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure, with traffic management systems via Watling Street Works, and will be completed as quickly as possible.’

Inflation

The cost of living rose again last month as inflation climbed to 6.7%, up from 6.5% in February. This increase was in large part softened by a fall in the price of air and sea fares at the point of collection. Excluding these from analysis yields a rate of 7.1%

The category ‘Transport’ remains the largest contributor to the rate of inflation, providing a 2.6% increase in the overall 12-month rate, followed by ‘Recreation and culture’ providing a 1.3% increase, and ‘Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ a 1.1% increase. Three items within the ‘Transport’ category show significant increases. ‘Petrol and oil’ experienced the biggest increase in prices (30.3%), followed by ‘Purchase of motor vehicles’ (14.2%) and ‘Other travel costs’ (11.5%). Within ‘Recreation and Culture’ kennel fees increased by (14.3%) and within ‘Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’, ‘oils and other fuels’ experienced the biggest increase in prices (63.2%) compared to the same month last year.

Easter Plays

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is supporting local charity, the Manx Amateur Drama Federation (MADF), with its 2022 Easter Festival of Full Length Plays.

The Festival, which was first started in 1950, has welcomed hundreds of visiting groups from across Europe and the UK over its 72-year history, and looks to foster and celebrate amateur theatre.

The Easter Festival of Full Length Plays will see amateur dramatic groups from across the UK and the Isle of Man come together to perform six full-length plays at the Gaiety Theatre throughout the Easter week. The six groups will compete for the best play and performance of the week and will be judged by leading independent UK adjudicator, Jan Palmer Sayer. Audience members attending the full week’s performances are also entitled to cast a vote.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet will be supporting the event by subsidising the travel expenses of those groups travelling from the UK to take part in the Festival. 

Brian Thomson, Managing Director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, said: ‘The Steam Packet Company is thrilled to support MADF with its Easter Festival of Full Length Plays. This is a wonderful opportunity for residents, and visitors alike, to watch some outstanding local and UK acting talent in the beautiful setting of the Gaiety Theatre. With a wide range of plays to watch, there is something for everyone. We are delighted to be supporting this iconic event, which celebrates local theatre and the art of storytelling.’

To find out more about MADF and its work, visit: www.madf.im. To purchase tickets for The Easter Festival of Full Length Plays, taking place between April 17 and 22, visit: www.villagaiety.com/easterfestival.