Coastal Communities Team programme
Ryde Town Council will be working with its partners at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, the Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads to improve the public realm in both the High Street and along the Esplanade.
Ryde Town Council wants to ensure that the funding that it has attracted under this programme delivers ‘additionally’ to the work already programmed by our partners. We are holding meetings with our partners to examine the best way of co-ordinating our funding to deliver maximum improvements to the public realm.
Ryde Town Council has agreed to match fund the offer of £2000 from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce (under the Isle of Wight Lottery Fund) for improvements to the public realm. Together with funding provided by the Isle of Wight Council the overall budget for public realm enhancements now exceeds £14,000.
Areas of intervention
Ryde Town Council are seeking to unify the treatment of the public realm in two areas. The first area is the Esplanade where it is recommended that, due to the Conservation Area status of this area, the ‘historic’ nature of public realm should be maintained and enhanced.
The second area is the High Street and Town Square where it is recommended that the public realm should be enhanced to unify the look and feel of the street furniture. Further presentations on this issue will be made in October 2015 as part of our consultation on the ‘Pedestrianisation of the High Street’.
Ryde Town Council recognises the importance of the designated Solent Special Protection Area. We are currently investigating how to improve public awareness of this designation through increasing the range and frequency of information points adjacent to Ryde Sands.
Further information to follow about our bid to the Coastal Revival Fund.
We are pleased to confirm that a bid for additional funding has been submitted to the Coastal Revival Fund.
If you would like additional information please do not hesitate to contact Chris Turvey