Heritage boost for Sandown

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 3, 2014


Heritage boost for Sandown

Sandown Pier. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

VISITORS to an Isle of Wight town will be able to take a walk back in time after the town was awarded thousands of pounds.

A heritage trail will be developed around Sandown by Sandown Community Partnership thanks a £6,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The idea for the trail came after a local police officer despaired at constant closures in the town and comes in the wake of a petition by Sandown residents imploring Isle of Wight Council planners to kick-start regeneration in the town.

The police Safer Neighbourhoods team wanted to put something back and came up with the idea of an educational and entertaining stroll through Sandown's history.

The community partnership will work with residents, business owners, police and students to develop the trail.

Partnership project coordinator Andrew Vaughan said: "This award is fantastic news for Sandown and it is wonderful that so many people, especially youngsters, are going to be helping with the project.

"Sandown is a beautiful place and has such happy memories for so many people who took holidays here as children but has sadly suffered like many resorts in recent times.

"I'm certain that the boost this award will give the town can put some of the old sparkle back. I can't wait to get started."


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by david stubbings

7th February 2014, at 20:26:03

NO Craig YOU its you miss the point. Apathy comes in from all levels, when the developers have there way in Sandown there is no heritage to trail. if the developers are the saints in all of this then they would at least landscape or submit designs to improve the town, but no they leave their sites an eyesore so to push their cheap looking, high rise, maximum density buildings though, only to benefit their bank accounts, they don't care how Sandown looks but they do their bank balance… take a look how many live here

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by Craig Harris

7th February 2014, at 12:54:43

David, I think you miss the point here. The apathy comes from the Council and planning comittee. The people who live in theis surreal bubble that all is well with The Island and chane is not needed. The people here are venting their frustration that so very little IS being done to bring about change.
For councils to admit the problem exists is to admit their failure and they ain't in the game to do that

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 16:26:17

As I said, just under 7k isn't much at all. My car cost more lol. How can it reform the area, maybe with a few cans on paint for the cliff path fences, that lovely green?

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by david stubbings

4th February 2014, at 21:42:26

Really its just one small proposal of an improvement, no… not life changing or going to reinvent the whole area, neither is it one to line the pockets of the over greedy developers with a bad taste in design, but it is one small suggestion to encourage people to approach change and you have nothing better to do than to slag it off, so here's a much better idea put your money where your over inflated opinions are and come out from behind your keyboards and hey add to this the fund, oh no that would mean you doing something, now that's that would be a change that’s why Sandown and other towns are in a mess…… residents apathy !!!!

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by Colin Russell

4th February 2014, at 16:13:52

When you go abroad people come back loads of photos, and they never stop talking about it rightly so if they have had a good holiday,
But alas i would hate to hear the comments from people who have stayed on the Island for a holiday ,
There are a lot of people here who own hotels b/b,s guest house,s who work very hard trying to keep up a very high standard, but just get slapped down from the Council, and when its just not viable to run it as a business any more and you apply for a change of use, say to a family house flats, and just see how ouick you run into a brick wall.

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by Mike Ross

4th February 2014, at 13:00:00

I couldn't agree more with you Colin. Nobody is willing to pay for old worn down hotels. I'm all for nostalgia but after all we're a seaside holiday town and we need to give the consumers what they are looking for.
There are plenty of people willing to invest in the town and I think it's time we let them.
They turned down the Grand Hotel application because the hotel wasn't in keeping with it's surroundings. Give me a break, you mean a little pitch and putt and the zoo? I think it would have enhanced the area.
I'm not talking about tearing down Sandown but letting some of these eye sores be turned into something that will bring in some tourists.

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by Colin Russell

4th February 2014, at 10:32:46

You do not need to spend £6 grand to walk back in time in Sandown Ventnor, Shanklin, or Ryde, in each town has its shop closed down and its fair share of junk shops, not what visitors want to see, ok maybe a bit of old I.o.w. but they also want to see new iow, we cannot keep trading the i.o.w, as it is, who wants to be laying in bed with the wind coming though the floorboards,
I think a big change in the planning office is in need of a big clear out and new blood and thinking, as it is now it is stuck in a big rut, ie: people who know what there doing on the ball forward thinking for our Island.

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by barbara penman

3rd February 2014, at 20:30:56

£6,800! Add a couple of noughts then your talking. Laughed when I read this, what on earth can you do with that amount, wouldn't even buy a decent car.

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by henry Fisher

3rd February 2014, at 19:23:42

Every week in the county press there is news like this, "The Island could become the centre for, blah blah blah" " A massive boost for the Island could mean blah blah blah" "Sandown could be getting a major boost to its economy, blah blah blah". There are so many plans that have failed to materialise over many years that I just take it with a pinch of salt. Until I see it with my own eyes I believe nothing.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

3rd February 2014, at 18:40:27

How about saving this article for a year and see exactly what they have done with this money........I cannot even begin to imagine what

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