Petitions presented on Tynwald Hill

Reverend Canon Jules Gomes

Reverend Canon Jules Gomes

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A total of six petitions for redress of grievance were presented at Tynwald Hill today.

Two petitions were submitted by Reverend Canon Dr Jules Gomes, vicar of the parish of Arbory and Castletown.

One calls for a select committee to examine employment rights of clergy arguing there is ‘insufficient’ protection against bullying and harassment in the workplace and the other calls for an investigation into how legal protection against ‘racial harassment and acts of racial hatred’ can be improved.

Charles Guard presented a petition concerning what he believes is a lack of protection for the island’s historic buildings.

Mr Guard, of Onchan, said: ‘There is currently no conservation officer and the number of buildings waiting to be registered stands at 275. Some have been on the list for years and years.’

Neighbours Yvonne Grogan and Les McMurdo’s petition on problems with a shared equity scheme has already been taken up by their constituency MHK, Bill Malarkey.

The two say the scheme has left them with homes on Harcroft Meadow, Douglas, that they may never own completely.

Ffylno Craine and Annie Hommet, of Mwyllin Squeen in Ballaugh, are calling for amendments to Land Registry rules so that applications for the first registration of a property are advertised in the same way as planning applications.

Home Affairs Minister and Rushen MHK Juan Watterson presented a petition on behalf of Port St Mary resident Craig Morris who is campaigning for the introduction of a ‘no fault’ divorce.

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