Date Posted: 25/Dec/2011 16:30
A CHRISTMAS message for isleofman.com readers from Rushen MHK Laurence Skelly:
“Firstly may I thank all the good people of Rushen for their vote and confidence at the general election.
“As stated I have fully engaged with government and have been appointed two department roles in Economic Development and Community Culture and Leisure where I believe I can contribute positively.
“Recognising the gravity of our financial situation the work has begun in earnest and presented early difficult decisions like the loss of the low cost community halls.
“Whilst unfortunate for Rushen and Middle the saving is significant especially when the majority of this budget was going off-Island.
“We will revisit this option in the future and will seek an on-Island low cost alternative.
“My responsibility within Economic Development is extensive and provides opportunity to create new inward investment for the Isle of Man and shape policy on important areas like energy, employment and skills.
“I enjoy working closely with Juan Watterson and Phil Gawne and feel confident our combined influence can help with constituency matters. We have said a call to one is a call to all three!
“Furthering regeneration projects for both Port Erin and Port St Mary are priorities for all three of us.
“With that in mind I am still progressing the marine and heritage venture with government support and potential private investor.
“Helping our farmers and trades people is another key priority and will promote cross-department initiatives.
“The new Rushen Youth Action Committee is on Facebook and welcome comments.
“I have been invited to give the English oration at the annual Illiam Dhone commemoration on January 2 at 2pm at Hango Hill. Please come along to this important event commemorating our Manx Martyr.