Call for action on town’s eyesores

By Jon Moreno

Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

Call for action on town’s eyesores

Cllr Jonathan Bacon receives the petition from Jean Orman, left, and Cllr Heather Humby. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

UNPRECEDENTED numbers of Sandown residents, fed up with the town’s dilapidated buildings, have signed a petition urging Isle of Wight planners to kick-start regeneration.

An estimated 40 per cent of Sandown’s voting population signed a petition complaining that planning red tape on properties dilapidated for several years was having a 'marked impact’ on efforts to make the town more attractive to tourists.

Former Sandown mayor, Cllr Heather Humby, handed the 2,031-signature bundle to Cllr Jonathan Bacon, the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member for planning, at County Hall on Monday. Cllr Bacon, said he welcomed the petition, recognised the concerns it reflected and was keen to find solutions to planning problems.

However, he absolved planners from blame for the complexity of the issues that have held up progress.

Cllr Humby said many landmark buildings needed urgent action following complaints from property owners and developers over planning department delays. She urged planners to take urgent action to resolve issues.

"Some of the buildings are not only a danger to the public, they are having a detrimental effect on tourism," said Cllr Humby.

Eyesore buildings affected by planning problems include the Savoy Court, Grand Hotel, Wight City and the Royal Cliff Apartments.

Cllr Bacon said: "Work is under way to help Sandown. It is an important town for tourism. Sandown Town Council and Sandown Forum have been given a detailed response on issues affecting some of the properties and the area action plan for the Bay area is being brought forward to help address issues relating to Sandown."

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by carl palmer

11th February 2014, at 16:52:06

sandwich fillings

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by Warwick Hunt

27th January 2014, at 11:20:49

Lee you sum it all up with the fact we are an island. What the residents need to decide is that the true added value of the place. The other islands you have highlighted have already made that decision.
You read their local news and it is not dominated by which new supermarket chain they want to attract, or mega size DIY store, how many more new homes they can shoe horn into another greenfield site. It is all about growing local industry, making the best existing housing stock to meet demands of population increase - but all to view of keeping that Island added value which in most cases is what drives their economy. When Warwick was younger the Island's tag line was the "Sunshine or Garden" Isle. Now we have Dinosaur ( reflects the head in sand, prehistoric outlook) or Festival Isle. Does not really inspire the need to visit unless you have passion for fossils or weed. Let's stop trying to be an extension of the mainland and push the Island added value - or build the b

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by Nick Peters

26th January 2014, at 18:35:59

Ok Lee Majors. If coffee shops arent your thing, then how about a few of sex shops, massage parlours or a legal weed cafe`s. is that more up your alley?

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by Mike Crowe

26th January 2014, at 16:50:35

Following that premise, we will need to apply for permission to move to Yorkshire then?

What you are saying is that each an every County would be able to 'vet' its influx.

........ ?????

Can't see that happening. There's a lot of people I wouldn't give a permit to come here!!!

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by Roe driver

26th January 2014, at 14:45:55

LEE then what?
the islands you have listed are to the best of my knowledge tax free havens
maybe this helps
plus also you have to apply to reside there

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by Roe driver

26th January 2014, at 14:44:04

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by Roe driver

26th January 2014, at 13:20:31

LEE you seem very quick to put down any idea that anyone puts forward what ideas would you put on the table as the way forward in your eyes

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by Warwick Hunt

26th January 2014, at 09:15:48

Lee at least housing stock would be improved, used once a year or not. The current local plan to model the town on a back street in Damascus certainly brings no income. As someone states below 'there are some who wondered what happened'. CCTV cameras on all houses is a great idea then everyone could sit inside and try to identify the fighting dogs being walked on pieces of string by the colour of the scarves around their necks.

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by Mike Crowe

26th January 2014, at 08:27:32

You're right Mark. Never been the same since they closed The Cartoon Cinema in White City.

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by Mark Newbery

26th January 2014, at 01:39:06

Despite its uncontestable descent over the years, Sandown holds a special place in my heart and it saddens me to read of its further decline. The loss of Wight City was a huge blow as, aside from the pier it was the last bastion from the halcyon years of childhood abandon, running barefoot from the beach into one of many of it's seafront arcades, the sandy floors, searching for dropped coins, and being deafened and dazzled by the cacophony of electronic sounds.

All are magical memories that Sandown deserves to bestow upon generations of kids to come. When I return to the island to visit this summer I shall do so with a heavy heart when walking past Wight City. May Sandown rise from the ashes and prevail!

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