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Pressure over future of ‘eyesore’ building

Monday, January 12, 2009 - 9:50

MORE pressure is being applied by Ryde Town Council in the saga over an eyesore listed building it wants to be brought back into use.
The full town council backed a recommendation from its planning committee, which said Vectis Hall in Melville Street was an eyesore and should be brought back into community use through a compulsory purchase order.
Ryde Town Heritage Initiative project manager Lee Byrne said the Isle of Wight Council would be looking to recoup the £10,000 it had already spent on repairs.
“An urgent repairs schedule needs to be served before compulsory purchase is considered, which is a costly and time-consuming business,” he told the town council meeting.
Parallel to that, the council was still talking to the freeholder and leaseholders of the hall, he said.
“The ideal solution would be to restore it to bring it back into community use but there could be a place for a sensitive residential element.
“There had always been an element of residential accommodation in the headmaster’s cottage,” said Mr Byrne.
The Vectis Hall is a former schoolhouse, which was at the vanguard of the universal education movement.
It has fallen into disrepair in recent years and the Isle of Wight Council has, as a first step, insisted the building should be made weather and vandal-proof.
In latter years it was used as a table tennis hall before it closed. Plans for a theatre and community meeting hall foundered.

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