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A two-day conference is planned to take place at the Villa Marina on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 September to allow people to engage with both the gov and political representatives on big issues important to the future of our island.

Following an opening address from the Chief Minister, the two days will consist of keynotes, presentations and panel Q&As on pressing topics such as climate change, future energy and the island’s economic strategy.

Further details about the conference, including a full agenda, will be provided in due course. 

Smart Meters

Manx Utilities has started the process of upgrading its domestic metering infrastructure to smart meters.  Prepayment customers within the Andreas, Ballaugh, Bride, Jurby, Kirk Michael and Sulby, Peel and western areas are in the process of being contacted as the transition to a new ‘SmarterPAYG’ prepayment system begins.

The first phase of the rollout involves Manx Utilities’ 8,000 prepayment customers having their ‘key’ electricity meter replaced with a smart meter.  This operates on a Pay As You Go system called ‘SmarterPAYG’ which customers can use, if they wish, in conjunction with a new Smarter Living app.  The app provides prepayment customers with a new, additional and convenient method of topping up their credit to cover their electricity usage and with real-time information on their energy consumption.

Prepayment customers will be given written notice that their key electricity meter is being upgraded and a Manx Utilities’ SmarterPAYG account created for them.  Customers will also be provided with details on the methods they can use to top up their credit, which includes retaining the ability to top up at a select number of retail outlets.

An End in Sight?

Remedial work will take place on Richmond Hill next month to address issues with surface dressing applied in 2018.

The project will be undertaken by Colas, at full cost to the company, between Monday 25 and Friday 29 July (subject to suitable weather conditions) and completed ahead of the Southern Agricultural Show that weekend.

A 20mph speed limit will be in place from either side of Richmond Hill. Two-way traffic will be maintained where the highway has three lanes, while manually-operated Stop/Go boards will be in operation between 9.30am and 4.30pm where there are only two lanes.

Surface dressing should only be carried out between May and September to ensure the best weather and warmest temperatures, which are important for its application and dressing cannot take place in wet weather.

Loose chippings will be present following the treatment so drivers/riders are requested to take care and observe the reduced speed limit.