Erin Commissioners has announced that its local authority rate for the
forthcoming financial year 2021-22 will be set at 316p, an increase of 1.9% from the
current rate of 310p. The new rate will
represent an increase of approximately 60p per month for a typical
three-bedroom property within Port Erin.
Erin Commissioners’ Chairman Mr Godfrey Egee announced, “The current financial
year has been unusual to say the least and hopefully something none of us will
have to experience again. I would like to thank the rest of the Board and staff
of Port Erin Commissioners who have kept the village running smoothly whilst dealing
with the challenges throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. The
Board is also mindful of the uncertainty and hardship experienced by
ratepayers as we continue to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been
a testament to the residents of Port Erin the way the community has pulled
together during this challenging time. We would encourage residents to continue
to observe Government guidelines in the coming months and I am sure we are all
looking forward to a return to more normality.
projects scheduled for the current financial year have unfortunately been
delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and border restrictions. The new multi-use
games area at Breagle Glen is ready to be installed as soon as the suppliers can
visit the Island. The new Commissioners Depot, also at Breagle Glen, has also
been delayed by Covid-19 restrictions but we are encouraged that this project
will commence before the end of this financial year.
is pleasing that the Board was granted planning permission to establish a tourism
site including glamping and a campsite at Ballafesson and it is looking forward
to making progress with this over the coming months.
planning application for the Cosy Nook Café has been well publicised and is still
pending consideration by the Planning Division. A Building Preservation Notice was issued by the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture which has delayed any planned progress until April of this year, at the earliest.
The Board remains
committed to maintaining a viable and sustainable financial plan while
continuing to invest in Port Erin and meeting increased costs. Prudent financial
management over recent years has allowed the majority of those increases to be
absorbed. Unfortunately, not all costs can be absorbed which has resulted in the
1.9% increase in the rate for 2021-22.
is perhaps important to note that the rates within Port Erin over the past 6 years
have increased overall by just 9.7%. Over that same period, the Consumer Price
Index (CPI) has increased 10.2% and the Retail Price Index (RPI) has increased by
Egee concluded by adding, "At the risk of repeating myself from last year,
the Board remains committed to ensuring that Port Erin continues to be a great
place to live, work and visit.”
You can view a copy of the rates budgets HERE.
by Port Erin Commissioners on 29th January 2021