Painting the Course

You may have noticed that some people have been out painting around the roads in parts of the island recently. These contractors, from Drainage & Groundwork Ltd, are actually preparing the TT course ahead of the races’ return next month.

This work includes black & white kerb painting, delivery of barriers, signs and cones, and installation of TT specific speed limits.

The DoI said: ‘The black and white kerb painting has already started. Painting the kerbs on the exit of Ramsey and the Mountain section to Hillberry has been completed. Work is now underway on the lower section of the course (see attached pictures of Quarterbridge, Douglas that was painted today). The painters will move between sites, undertaking works at more difficult sites at times when anticipated traffic volumes are lower. The company is also currently delivering barriers and road closure signs, etc. across both courses.

‘As well as the Department’s work, contractors appointed by the Department for Enterprise are continuing to install safety equipment and other race related kit across both courses over the coming weeks.

‘To ensure everyone’s safety during this period there have been temporary 40 mph speed limits set up along both courses while this work is under way. Due to the multiple tasks and peripatetic nature of a lot of them it has been necessary to impose limits over all the normally derestricted sections of the courses throughout the works. The speed limits will be lifted on completion of the work.’

No Bins

The Southern Recycling Centre says it is still unable to take most materials due to a broken down machine.

It said: ‘Unfortunately the recycling vehicle which empties the Government bring bank recycling bins broke down last week and is still awaiting repair. The site has now reached capacity for paper, glass and plastic bottles so we are unable to accept any more at this time.

‘We can still accept milk cartons and cans at time of posting. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause but this outside of our control.’

Mayoral Opening

Mayor of Douglas Raina Chatel has officially opened Bon Fabrics new store in Strand Street. Mrs Chatel cut the ribbon on the store after Debbie and her team had worked to get everything ready for the opening.