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Isle of Wight housing developers Captiva Homes have confirmed that they have made the decision to close their construction site at West Acre Park and send subcontractors home.  

The government has come under mounting pressure recently to ban work on construction sites after ordering non-essential shops and other public places to close, but it is still yet to do so.

Many members of the public have called on the government to order building sites to close and to provide financial help for self-employed people.

Captiva Homes had already made the decision to close their Sales Offices and Show Homes on Monday and all their own employees have been working from home in line with government advice over the past couple of weeks.

Captiva Homes, owned by Islanders James Pink and Justin Gentleman, have been building quality developments on the Isle of Wight for almost 2 decades and have recently opened their Sales Arena and Show Homes off Hope Road in Ryde with great success.

Justin said:

“The government has confirmed that home building sites can continue to operate while implementing social distancing guidance, and we have been working with our contractors to ensure additional measures were in place and many sites continue to operate under this guidance.

“As an Island based company who cares so much about our own community, we have made the decision today for all build activity to be safely paused across our West Acre Park site, in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.”

James added:

“Due to the overwhelming level of sales interest we have had at West Acre Park, it has been a difficult decision, but it is absolutely the right one.

“We talk so passionately about our beautiful homes, we have boasted a close eye on the essence of the Isle of Wight – our Island based work force and commitment to the local environment, therefore we must put the safety of our employees, our residents and our neighbours first”

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At last some brief but welcome reprieve for beautiful farm land, trees, hedges and the myriad of life it contains, which will, soon enough, be churned up, bulldozed, burnt to provide housing, not organically, but because successive Governments have allowed in too many into our small country, forcing many Brits to flee to areas not yet inundated, but then ruining these more pleasant areas to house ‘them’.

Only ‘good thing’ to occur from this vile killer virus thus far.

Totally unbelievable
Totally unbelievable

How thoughtful of them but only after they have worked all week they weren’t concerned about islanders or workers until they moved all the muck they wanted too first were they. Nobody is fooled by your amazing gesture Captiva Homes.


Not true. Continuing to work today

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