By Ross Findon
Monday, February 27, 2012
An artist's impression of the development.
PLANS TO create a multi-million pound apartment and bar complex have been rejected by Isle of Wight councillors.
The plans to redevelop the Wight City leisure site in Culver Parade, Sandown, were refused by members of the council's planning committee on Monday.
They rejected the plans by five votes to two, despite a plea from Sandown Town Council that the project would help regenerate that part of the town.
Isle of Wight councillors on the planning committee said the plans would over-dominate other buildings in the area.
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by david stubbings
5th March 2012, at 09:59:11
I live in Sandown and support the planning committes decision fully, its the Sandown town who are the short sighted ones in thinking again that a white elephant of a development of flats will regenerate sandown, if this is the case then with all the recent flats built then sandown should be improved surley? Sandown needs provision to provide people with wet weather facilities, decent shops, hotels, parking and an enviroment that makes you feel welcome. Yes this development should be refused on the grounds for its sheer size, its impact and it's disreguard for any harmonising design with its localsurrondings. Is it a 1970's school? is it a inner cty shopping development, is it a hospital? Will it be a sore thumb like the Newport bus station development or Napoleons Landing?What it is-is the first bulding many will see coming into Sandown and visitors will formulate their ideas on that. It will be highlyvisible from both Culver and Brading downs, also from the open sea.Iit does n
by kevin froment
29th February 2012, at 17:03:25
perhaps its time to limit the terms each councillor can sit, maybe 2 in a row with a break of at least 1 term, some of them must have been councillors when the queen had her silver jubilee
by Pam Riddet
28th February 2012, at 18:51:08
Sandown is one of the worst places I have seen in a long time. If there is one town on the Island ripe for regeneration it's Sandown. Many of the shops look as if they haven't had a lick of paint in the last 30 years. If I was a tourist arriving there for my holiday I'd be on the first ferry back to the mainland.
by Barry Payne
28th February 2012, at 17:14:58
Once again with planning the council are sitting on their brains. They don't mind sticking houses all over the place where it is clearly not appropriate but a place that clearly needs the help they just put their heads in the sand but tomorrow they will take a nice little Island villiage and put houses all over the place. I hope the residents of Sandown persue this further.
by Peter Cole
28th February 2012, at 12:39:45
I know now why the island is refered to as dinosaur island, it appears they are not extinct (yet)
by Richard Curzon Beet
28th February 2012, at 11:09:06
If a seaside town in the south ever needed regeneration, it is Sandown. I can't recall seeing such a down-at-heel depressing High Street anywhere in the country. If we really want visitors to the Island then we should provide facilities worthy of the 21st century. Sandown is depressing and tired, and many of the residents are depressed and tired. Other initiatives have also been refused mainly by councillors who are staggering on to keep up with the 19th century. Invest in the future and stop living in the past. Nice beach though...
by James Leavey
28th February 2012, at 09:33:02
What Sandown - and others parts of the island - really need are imaginative representatives who can actively demonstrate that they really do have our interests at heart, and not their own personal agenda. It's the difference between some kind of future for the island or, especially in the case of Sandown, its barely checked ongoing decline due to certain blinkered councillors' non-activity. I suggest we get rid of these pathetic jobsworths at the first opportunity. Until then, give them a hard time by questioning their every lack of decision. I'd like to know exactly WHY these councillors decided to throw out this idea. So instead of reading these comments, councillors, maybe those of you who are the subject of our intense dislike should speak up and explain yourselves.
28th February 2012, at 09:04:48
i couldnt agree more with the previous comments, it seems that to be a councillor on the isle of wight you have to live in the past and have no foresight. all the towns on this island are in need of massive regeneration, most havent changed for decades, when a project comes along that will not only provide jobs in construction but also full time employment to operate, these so called servants of the electorate simply refuse to allow them and use the pretext that they are doing the right thing, but for who, do any of them live within sight of this development, if so i suppose it will block thier view and therefore cant be permitted, smack of self serving to me
by Warren Copland
28th February 2012, at 09:00:44
Once again our council is not in touch with the real world. A complex which would have bought Islanders and tourists to the town has been rejected. No wonder Islanders are moving to the mainland!
by Kevin Barclay-Jay
28th February 2012, at 02:04:13
stupid stupid people....Sandown needs development and investment..this redundent council fail to allow it... Wight City is a dump and needs redevelopment, along with the Savoy and a few other places. The Town Counil may have wanted this development, but that have sat bak for decades and allowed decay. Sandown can only blame its councillors and the Islands council and hope that 2013 sees a change in both
by Philip Yates
27th February 2012, at 18:49:49
Its time the councillors realised they are the voted representatives of the people. And did what the people want, not what they think we would like.
by Steven Taylor
27th February 2012, at 18:30:26
I feel the Isle of Wight councillors have struck the final blow to Sandown.What is it with these outdated councillors? Its like they want Sandown to go out of business.It is already on its last feet with the overpriced tourist shops all selling the same thing that nobody wants or cares about.With this complex the councillors could of brought millions to Sandown over the next few years,millions that they will not now get,jobs that Islanders need.The Jolly Rodger and club 'Bogeys' is almost bust as Islanders are just fed up going to the same place.The councillors need to think PEOPLE live here and is not just a place where tourists come.These councillors need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and need to wake up that it is not 1950 anymore because if they keep rejecting ideas like this The Isle of Wight will go the same way as Sandown..down the drain.
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