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Local charity Isle Access is resuming its Access Groups in Ryde and Cowes, as well as starting a new one for the town of Newport.

These quarterly meetings give a voice to people who have problems visiting the local environment or services because of poor access. This is important for the Government’s ‘Build Back Better’ emphasis on COVID recovery planning.

Representatives from each town or parish council usually attend and local people are enthusiastic to explain how some facilities can be difficult for them. Meetings are very productive.

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All members of the public are invited to attend the meetings, which are being held virtually on Zoom at this present time.

Isle Access are also supporting the Newport High Streets Heritage Action Zone project, which aims to help regenerate the High Street and shine a spotlight on the town’s amazing heritage. The project aims to maximise the benefit to the whole community, including making significant accessibility improvements to the pedestrian environment and setting of key historic buildings in the High Street and St James’ Square.

On Wednesday (24th March) at 10:00, The Heritage Action Zone Project Manager, Martin Gibson, will make a short presentation on the plans and advise the access group on how local people can be involved in helping ensure the best result possible for the town is achieved, with a particular focus on how improved accessibility can be provided in the plans. He is also keen to hear your experiences of using the High Street and what accessibility issues you face.

For further details, email [email protected].

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