Medina bridge and other ideas up for discussion

By David Newble

Saturday, June 7, 2014


FROM a bridge across the Medina to dealing with flooding in Ryde and how to boost tourism in The Bay, a series of new documents have been launched by the Isle of Wight Council to find out what Islanders want.

Area action plans for the Medina Valley, Ryde and The Bay have been opened for consultation and once complete, will be used to shape planning and development in those areas as part of the Island Plan, the Isle of Wight’s key planning document.

The consultation raises questions for each area, putting forward suggestions for development and regulation and asking for views. Among suggestions for the Medina Valley is to build an opening bridge across the River Medina, from Stag Lane on the west bank of the river.

But the document makes clear there is no money to pay for the bridge and costs would have to be met by money from developers building new housing.

The Ryde plan recognises flooding associated with Monktonmead Brook needs to be balanced alongside the requirement for new houses to be built.

"We recognise the brook is an issue for residents and we need to balance problems in this area against the requirement to provide sites for housing," says the document.

In The Bay, residents are being asked for their views on whether hotels should have special protection from redevelopment for other uses.

The consultation also invites ideas on how to regenerate the area by promoting watersports, walking, cycling and outdoor activities.

Cllr Jonathan Bacon, executive member responsible for planning, said he hoped as many Islanders would take part in the consultation, available on the council’s website.

"There will be things people like and I am sure there will be things people don’t like. The important thing is they respond," he said.

The plans can be view via the Isle of Wight Council website


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