Isle of Wight regeneration consultation underway

The Isle of Wight Council has launched a draft Regeneration Strategy to ensure the Island becomes an inspiring place to grow up, live, work and visit.

Following a year of meetings with people all around the Isle of Wight, the strategy was launched at Thursday’s second annual Regeneration Conference at Lakeside, Wootton.

Business leaders and some of the Island’s key infrastructure partners, including Wight Fibre, Wightlink, South West Trains and the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce were among the guest speakers at the event.Students from Portsmouth School of Architecture shared their award-winning vision for the future of the Island, which also will be on display in Newport at 30 High Street until Monday 30th July.

The discussion about the new draft strategy continues online with a web consultation which invites everyone to express their views about the way the Island should be improved for the future.

Councillor Dave Stewart, leader of the Isle of Wight Council said:

“In this second year of the regeneration programme we are determined to achieve results that benefit the wider economy and community and not just our bank balance.

“One of the key points to come out so far from the council’s ‘Wight We Want’ Island conversation process is a clear message that regeneration on the Island is not about polishing the family silver and putting it on the market.

“It’s important to see our Island through other people’s eyes, and remember what the gateways look like.

“Generating revenue is important, but keeping ownership for future generations makes senses financially as well as morally.”

Councillor Wayne Whittle, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for business development, regeneration and tourism, said:

“Encouraging young people to think about the Island’s future has been a key feature of the programme’s engagement work this year, with Taylor Millard, winner of the Island Young Designers’ award announced at the conference and a brilliant exhibition of shortlisted entries being opened at 30 High Street, Newport.

“We have seen a fantastic response to our ‘open for business’ message.

“Those with investment and development proposals have eagerly sought us out and the challenge has been to evaluate not simply the potential financial return of a proposal but how it meets community needs.”

The Regeneration Strategy consultation runs until 12th October 2018 . The online consultation is available here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/iowregenstrategy. The draft Regeneration Strategy can be viewed here https://iwightinvest.com/the-wight-we-want.

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