The Isle of Wight is playing host to a team of national experts on the regeneration of historic towns this week.
The Historic Places Panel, assembled by Historic England, has been invited by the Isle of Wight Council to provide advice on the regeneration of 3 towns: Newport, East Cowes and Ryde.
Today (Thursday) the Panel will meet representatives of the Council and other local people who contribute to the life of the towns to discuss regeneration opportunities that could help to restore and build on the Island’s unique historic character.
Emily Gee, Regional Director for Historic England in the South East, said:
“We are delighted to be on the Isle of Wight. We want to help the island harness its wonderful heritage, and thrive as a place where people enjoy living and doing business. A town’s heritage can be such a positive force for the local economy and communities.”
Peter Studdert, Chair of the Historic Places Panel, said:
“We are really interested to hear what the island’s communities are doing with their towns. We’re looking forward to contributing our thoughts and ideas to make the best use of the heritage within Ryde, East Cowes and Newport.
The Panel will take a walking tour of Ryde Town Centre and Esplanade later on today. They arrived on the Island yesterday (12th June).
Following the 2-day visit the Panel will prepare a report of their findings which will be published towards the end of June.