Disparity in rates as estate spans two parishes

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The new Heritage Homes development at Ballakilley is in Port Erin and Rushen parish, meaning some residents will pay substantially higher rates than others depending on which authority their house is in.

The two authorities met recently to discuss management of the estate, which is under construction.

Port Erin commissioner Phil Crellin said that the meeting was ‘very amicable . . . the two clerks will liaise to bring our services together. It does not look like they [Rushen, where bins are collected fortnightly] will go for weekly bin collections.

‘There will be a rate disparity, but there is nothing we can do about that. Someone on one side of the street will be paying less than half someone living on the other side. That’s for a higher authority to deal with and (the discussion about) an all island rate.’

He added the recreational land will be all public. There will be a rugby pitch used by the Nomads. 
He said RPC would like to hear from any clubs or associations who have ideas about facilities on the land. Contact RPC clerk Gill Kelly, 834501.

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