Councillor listens to decay concerns

By David Newble

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Councillor listens to decay concerns

Cllr Heather Humby and Cllr Jonathan Bacon at Sandown Forum.

SANDOWN residents concerned with the poor state of buildings met the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member for planning, Cllr Jonathan Bacon, at Sandown Forum on Monday.

Cllr Bacon spoke about the concerns residents and visitors to the town had expressed on the long-term decay of certain buildings and the effects on the local economy.

Representatives from voluntary organisations and groups in the town raised questions about a number of buildings, including the former Zanies nightclub, Savoy Court flats and the Grand Hotel.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Bacon said area action plans would be drawn up for the Island’s three designated regeneration areas, including the Bay area as well as Ryde and the Medina Valley, as soon as possible.

He added residents would also be consulted.



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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

11th March 2014, at 07:50:00

Its all about Standards these days, the hotel owners and business owners dont appear to have any, they are only there to squeeze the hard earnt bucks out of the tourists and locals. Come on Councillors a shake up is required and if you are'nt up to job step down and let someone with a fresh outlook takeover, stop keep wasting time drawing up action plans, use your resources and invite quality investors with Standards to get involved.

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by Neil Davidson

10th March 2014, at 09:16:36

Shame on the council for letting Sandown slide into dereliction. No wonder tourists don't stop off in Sandown, it looks terrible. Wakey wakey councillors, action please.

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by Den Young

9th March 2014, at 19:13:23

I suppose one of the boarded up buildings could be turned into an enterprise centre , it worked for Ventnor.

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by Russell Palin

9th March 2014, at 18:52:45

White paint on closed buildings near the coast looks dirty in a month.
Huge old buildings with no proper roof look terrible.
Large closed amusement arcades and pub/club looks like former USSR
The problem is, Sandown will not cut the tourist mustard this year.
More people out of business, less business rate paid to council, down hill spiral to dereliction.
Some busybody or somebody needs a little wake up shake I think.

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by David Blackford

9th March 2014, at 08:27:05

I'm sure that some people oppose redevelopment for no good reason whatsoever - just to be awkward and oppose everything that others want

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by Warwick Hunt

8th March 2014, at 19:49:55

If he did - he was done in Sandown !!!!

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by Warwick Hunt

8th March 2014, at 18:21:48

Maybe lots of hairdressing applications would be passed. Or maybe not. Agree James plans have be submitted - both sides need to want to improve the place

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by Den Young

8th March 2014, at 16:15:02

just took the wife down to Ventnor front for a bite to eat and soak up the sun, Ventnor has got it together completely, if they could just flatten the hills a bit it would top it, for the certain scribe on here that think there is nothing up with Sandown I suggest he gets on a ferry and comes to the Island and does a comparison, because there isn't one.

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by James McAdder

8th March 2014, at 15:05:46

I believe, Warwick Hunt, that there have been several plans submitted for the regeneration of derilict sites like Wight City and the Grand Hotel, but people keep opposing them.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

8th March 2014, at 14:40:56

10 years at least this Town council has sat on its hands and watched its little fiefdom deterioate. The Town Council is part of Sandowns problems, not part of the solution.

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