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(LATEST  22-02-2020)

From D.O.I.

works23rd

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Isle of Man Government - DOI Newsletter (6/02/20)

GLEN ROAD, LAXEY UPDATE

The Department of Infrastructure has suspended operations on the riverside wall now that work to reconstruct the collapsed section of wall is complete. The Department and Manx Utilities Authority (MUA) are continuing with flood studies to determine the future flooding risk levels and decide if further works to replace or strengthen the remaining wall are required. Operations in rivers are normally prohibited in the winter months given the adverse effect on native fish, This break in construction will allow the Department to review the construction method to ensure that the best possible result is achieved if the existing wall is to be replaced.

The Department has a water-tight gate on order which will be fitted in the wall. This gate will allow the MUA to safely access the river with heavy machinery for the purpose of future river maintenance, whilst also maintaining the integrity of the wall. It is expected that the gate will be manufactured and delivered within the next 10 weeks. It is our intention to have it fitted as soon as it is available. Until this is achieved the current temporary anti flood cells will remain in place. The gate is of similar design to those fitted in the Castletown harbour flood defences. The door is of metal construction, but will be clad in wooden strips to offer a traditional finish, in keeping with stone finish on the wall.

Other work on Glen Road is to continue. A team from the Department are still working in the lower half of the road creating an additional surface water drainage system in order to increase capacity.

A design is being drawn up to increase the capacity of the drainage culvert adjacent to the Department's depot on Glen Road. The surface drainage system at this location will also be expanded in that area to increase its capacity. It is planned that work will begin on this element later this year.

It has been brought to the Department's attention that persons involved in the refurbishment of flooded properties have been tipping waste from concreting and plastering operations into the gullies on the road. This must cease with immediate effect. As well as tending to block the gullies and increasing the risk of future flooding issues, the surface water drainage system empties directly into the Laxey River (which is a controlled waterway) and waste building material is considered to be a pollutant.

 Please be aware that under the Highways Act 1986 it is an offence to obstruct highway drainage systems. The act also allows the Department to seek to recover costs from persons who cause such an obstruction.

In addition under section 3 of the Water Pollution Act 1993 it is an offence to cause or knowingly permit any poisonous, noxious or polluting matter or any solid waste matter to enter any controlled waters.

Please help us to maximise the efficiency of the drainage system and mitigate the danger of future flooding on Glen Road and also ensure that the Laxey River is not polluted.

To report any future suspected water pollution issues please contact the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture's Environmental Protection Unit on 685885.

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Mon, 27 Jan 2020

PROTEST

The Ackerley family and Andrew Smith (above) with other members of
community at peaceful protest

 A protest has been held this morning in Laxey by residents
opposing a flood gate from being built.

 The Ackerley family, whose house adjacent to the wall was
badly affected by the Laxey flooding in October last year, 
called for the Department of Infrastructure to better address residents of what is happening on Glen Road regarding the wall unit works, including the flood gate.

 Speaking to Energy FM, Andrew Smith from the Flood Action Group 
said he understands why people in the village are frustrated:


AUDIO LINK

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Isle of Man Government - DOI Newsletter.

GLEN ROAD, LAXEY UPDATE

The new retaining wall units to replace the section of demolished Manx
stone wall are now in place and all necessary
service diversions and drainage installations have been carried out.


The flood gate is on order and will be installed on arrival,
which is expected to be in around 10 weeks.


In the meantime, sand-filled tote bags and flood barriers
will remain in place to protect Glen Road from flooding if the river level rises.

Works will remain ongoing for the next week to face the wall
with stone cladding. Once this is complete the site will be demobilised.

With the failed sections of wall replaced, further consideration
is being given to the rest of the wall to establish the most appropriate
and cost-effective action that can then be planned for the summer,
when there is a reduced risk of flooding on-site.

Work continues to improve drainage and flow in the surrounding area.

The tributaries at the DoI depot and the old police station have been cleared.
New and higher capacity drainage has been fitted to carry the water
 from the stream beneath Glen Road
at the old police station to the existing outfall at Cumberland House.

This area has also had a new surface water system fitted
to separate highway drainage from the stream culvert which will help
 to alleviate surface water issues in the future.
Further minor drainage improvements outside Lewin’s Cottage will begin shortly.

Work is continuing with the design of a replacement
 culvert next to the DoI depot. The system here is constricted
by a small section of culvert, which will be increased in size
to prevent future blockages and ensure good flow in all conditions.

The river channel will also be improved and works will be included
 to the Manx stone walls upstream and downstream of the culvert.
 Subject to procurement, it is hoped this work will start in late February.
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Note from Andrew Smith - (11th Jan. 2020)

LAXEY FLOOD GROUP REPORT

Our Group Report is underway and this is a reminder to all Garff residents
who have been affected by flood waters on 01 October 2019 
or previously or even since. 

Please can you let me have your written submission together 
with any correspondence and photographs/video footage
as soon as possible. 

Also send a copy of what you sent to ARUP if you
believe it would be useful to include in our Group Report. 

Please forward all information to group@floodaction-garff.org Thanks in advance.

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JANE KELLY is now the Government point of contact.
(email address:  jane.kelly@gov.im)
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PLANNING COMMITTEE DECISION 07.10.2019
19/00755/B
Department Of Infrastructure

Construction of 500m long reinforced concrete wall 1.2m in height anchored to the            existing sea wall to reduce wave overtopping Sea Wall Harris Promenade Douglas

The Planning Committee did not agree the officer recommendation and REFUSED the application for the following reason:
The Planning Committee is not satisfied that the permanent and detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and on the public view of the sea (both contrary to Environment Policy 35 and Planning Policy Statement CA/2 and General Policy 2.e) are outweighed by the benefit of the proposed wall in relation to reducing the risk of flooding, noting that the level of protection which would be afforded by the wall is lower than that recommended in the applicant's technical report and that the risk relates to intermittent events at certain times of the year.

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Ramsey Road:

NOTICE OF UPCOMING WORKS - LAXEY

On Monday 11th November 2019 The Department intends to begin drainage investigation work on the Ramsey Road, Laxey (between the junctions with Ard Reayrt and Minorca Crossroads). This work will require excavation of the carriageway. It will be necessary to install two way traffic lights 24/7 for the duration of the work. It is planned that this exploratory work will be completed by Wednesday 13th November. Dependant on what is found it may be that further remedial work will be required and our time on site extended. When we know more we will publish a further update.

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