Meeting to discuss proposed new Onchan boundaries

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ONCHAN Commissioners is holding a meeting on Friday to gauge public opinion on proposals for new House of Keys constituency boundaries.

The proposals drawn up by the Boundary Review Committee would see the current Onchan constituency, which returns three MHKs, being split into two.

It would see a large proportion of the Birch Hill electoral area, bounded by Hillberry Road, Avondale Road, Main Road, School Road, containing more than 2,500 people, plus a major portion of the Onchan parish electoral area, being joined to Laxey and Lonan to form the ‘East’ constituency.

The remaining area would form Onchan Urban – a working title only. The committee is also inviting feedback on constituency names, which might see the end of traditional sheading names such as Garff and Rushen. Constituencies would return two MHKs.

Last month the committee launched a public consultation on the draft plan.

Tynwald agreed the recommendation to divide the island into 12 constituencies each with two MHKs at the October sitting and varying by no more than 15 per cent in terms of their population numbers.

The meeting takes place at Onchan Youth and Community Centre, in School Road, from 7pm.

Commissioners and Onchan’s three current MHKs, Zac Hall, Peter Karran and David Quirk, are due to attend. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Maps are available for viewing at the Onchan Library or on the government website at

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