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Further Departmental Appointments Confirmed 24 August 2005

    Minister for Local Government and the Environment, John Rimington, MHK, has now confirmed the complete line-up of his Departmental membership team with their specific areas of delegated responsibility.

    As announced recently, Clare Christian, MLC, has assumed responsibility for Planning, Building Control, Mapping & Conservation, and has also been appointed as Chairman of the Planning Committee.

    Anne Craine, MHK, who was already a Member of the Department, will continue to be responsible for Estates & Housing matters, which include building and architectural services and support to Local Authorities with their planned maintenance programme, currently standing in excess of £100m. The Department’s Estates & Housing Directorate also has the largest capital programme within the Department which is in the region of £200m over 5 years.

    Returning to the Department is Bill Henderson, MHK, who will be responsible for Environment, Safety & Health.

    Speaking about his new Departmental Members, John Rimington said,

    “I am very pleased to have such a strong team with good experience which is important in a Department as diverse as Local Government and the Environment. Clare Christian has a vast amount of knowledge and experience across Isle of Man Government. I am grateful to her for agreeing to take the reins of Planning at such a critical time when many changes are about to be introduced which will result in improved services all round. I am also pleased that Anne Craine has remained in the Department where she carries out her responsibilities for Estates & Housing matters very conscientiously. She is hard-working and diligent and is a key member of the new team. As for Bill Henderson, I am delighted that he has agreed to return to the Department where he previously had responsibility for Planning but where he will now bring his experience to bear in relation to public health and safety matters generally and environmental protection. These are key areas that require a safe pair of hands and Bill Henderson will play a key role in that regard.”

    Though there is only a little over twelve months to go before the next General Election, John Rimington is looking to see progress made in several key areas, especially in relation to waste management, Local Government supervision, establishing the all-Island Strategic Plan, and in continuing with the ambitious programme of building affordable homes for young Manx people.

    24th August 2005

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