Arbory & Rushen Commissioners

Parish Services

Refuse Collection
The Commissioners are responsible for the collection of household refuse and they have awarded the contract to Jones Services Ltd. Collections are fortnightly, normally on Thursday mornings.

All households are provided with one 240litre wheeliebin but, if you find it necessary, you can purchase an additional bin from the Commissioners at cost price.

If you have any problems with this service, please contact either Ian Jones on 494936 or the Clerk on 834501.

Southern Swimming Pool
The Southern Swimming Pool is administered by a Joint Board with one member nominated by each of the Southern local authorities – Arbory, Rushen, Port Erin, Port St Mary, Castletown and Malew. The representative of the Parish of Arbory on the Southern Swimming Pool Joint Board is Kirree Jenkins. Details of opening hours, courses, etc can be found at or Tel 823930
Parish Hall, Ballabeg
All the facilities that you would expect from a village hall – comfortable seating for up to 100 people, curtained stage, kitchen, full central heating, tables, toilets, limited storage space.

Available for hire by clubs, groups and individuals at a charge of £30.00 per evening, per afternoon or per morning. Special rates are available for regular bookings over a period. Bookings through Jane Glover, by e-mail at or Telephone 824049.

The caretaker is Sarah Coole. Tel. 410282. The Hall is presently used for a wide variety of activities including Keep Fit, Tai Chi, Tae Kwando, Judo, Yoga, Dance classes, Art Classes, Ladies Keep Fit, concerts and children’s parties.

Halley McLiag

Warm and comfortable committee room or small meeting room, seating 10-15 people around a board type table  – available for hire.

Contact or 824049.


Ballamaddrell Allotments were established by the Commissioners in 2010, with the assistance and co-operation of Prof. Simon Maddrell. The entrance is on the Grenaby Road, Ballabeg, and there are approximately 35 plots. The day to day running of the site is administered by the Arbory Allotments Association and enquiries should be made to the Chairman, Mr John Atkinson, Tel. 425649 or e-mail The facility is chiefly for Arbory residents, but others can be admitted if there are any spare plots available.


Street Sweeping, Hedges, Gullies
In 2015 the Commissioners were given responsibility for weed spraying and sweeping of roadside gutters, keeping kerbside gullies clear, roadside hedge trimming, and cutting grass on roadside verges. However, DOI Highways retain responsibility for all of these tasks on the Southern 100 Course and the Shore Road.


Public Open Spaces
Plots of land that are left over after residential developments or have been specifically designed as public open spaces become the responsibility of the Commissioners to maintain. There are public open spaces at Croit ny Glionney, Ballacubbon (Colby), Ballacubbon Close (Ballabeg), and Cronk Cullyn.


Millennium Wood
The Millennium Wood was planted by the Commissioners during 2000/2001 to commemorate the turn of the millennium. It is intended to be a quiet and peaceful little place, where children can play and people can go for a short stroll or sit in the sun or perhaps have a picnic.

Marashen Crescent
The Marashen Crescent Housing Committee was formed in 1965 to adminster rented sheltered housing accomodation for the elderly in Port Erin, Port St Mary, Arbory and Rushen.

There are four members, one from each of the local authorities. There is now accomodation at three locations – the original Marashen Crescent, Port Erin with 47 units (4 double), Reayrt y Chrink, Four Roads, with 42 units (19 double), Cooill Veg, Creggan Mooar, Port St Mary, with 12 units (all double) and Reayrt y Chrink phase 3, with 34 new units.

The tenants are completely independent but a “good neighbour” warden calls on every unit every day and staff are on call throughout the night. The units are also linked to Manx Carephones in case of emergencies.

Planning Applications
The Commissioners are automatically deemed to be interested parties in any planning application in the Parish. That means that they get copies of every application and are entitled to submit views to the Planning Committee of the DEFA. They are also entitled to request an Appeal.

The Commissioners do not have the powers to approve or refuse an application – they can just submit their views.

If you are a close neighbour to a proposed development or if you might be otherwise affected you are entitled to submit your own views to the Planning Committee. You can copy your comments to the Commissioners if you wish.

Copies of all planning applications in Arbory can also be viewed at the Commissioners office at Lamode, Ballakillowey Road, Rushen, IM9 4BP. It is best to make an appointment by phoning the Clerk on 834501.. All applications are also available to view on line at Full information about planning laws and regulations, planning procedures, development permitted without the need for planning approval, building control and planning advice are available on-line at

Friary Park
Small fenced play area for tots and young children Entrance between Nos 5 & 6 Friary Park, Ballabeg Available for use by all children of the Parish.

The Commissioners are responsible for street lighting in the Parish . Regular inspections and repairs are undertaken by Manx Utilities (formerly Manx Electricity Authority) under contract. If you notice any lights not working or damaged, please contact our Clerk


The Commissioners do not operate any libraries themselves, but, to provide Arbory and Rushen residents with access to this service, they make financial contributions to Port Erin Library, Castletown Library and the Mobile Family Library.

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