PUBLIC MEETING HEARS DETAILS OF PLACE PLAN FOR RYDE

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A vision for Ryde aimed at improving the town and making it a top resort and place to live was presented at a packed public meeting on Monday night.

In a 100 page manifesto, called a Place Plan, environmental consultant Ian Boyd outlined how the town can make the most of its unique landscape and architecture.

The meeting of the Ryde Society heard that the Esplanade is likely to be a part of the route of the new National Trail, the England Coastal Path, to be opened officially in 2021 as part of the national Year of the English Coast.

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The Place Plan for the town – jointly financed by Ryde Town Council and Isle of Wight Council – envisages preservation and improvement of public spaces and the town’s buildings. There are 470 Listed Buildings in Ryde and 75% of Union Street is also listed. Many buildings, however, are in desperate need of tender loving care. There are 8 listed churches and 2 scheduled monuments.

Ian Boyd said:

“The Island, and I think Ryde more than anywhere, has been designated a Biosphere Reserve. It means an area protected by UNESCO for plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest.

“That is an extraordinary achievement. It comes just at the right time to support bids for investment that may be available.”

But public green space is a rarity in the town. Referring to Ryde’s expected urban extension – if all development applied for goes ahead it is expected to be 30% bigger – Mr Boyd emphasised the importance of creating and joining up green spaces.

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Members of the society warned against the wrong kind of development. Jonathan Dent feared developers who want to decide what Ryde is going to look like.

“At one point Isle of Wight council presented plans for five skyscrapers along the seafront. Fortunately, it wasn’t approved. Unjoined up thinking has to stop. Just like when the Isle of Wight Council sold off Ryde town hall for £300,000. At the moment we have Vectis Hall, a Grade Two listed building, practically derelict and the closed town hall has buddleia growing out of it.”

Another member of the audience, writer David Icke, asked what is happening to the former ice-rink on the seafront. The meeting was informed that the building was still subject to litigation. Mr Icke feared the island’s infrastructure, including roads and the struggling hospital, will be unable to cope with a big increase in population.

Ryde Society chairwoman Stella Davis thanked Mr Boyd for his report. She said:

“People need to think about new and better ways to put the town’s natural capital – its wetlands, beaches, ancient woodland and green spaces – to work for the benefit of the community. This meeting is a good starting point, but just that.  As a town, we’ve been driving with the handbrake on.”

Ryde Place Plan, published by Arc Consulting, can be viewed here.

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Az-zahra
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David Icke is correct. The ruination of Ryde, will not stop the damaging effects from such huge housing schemes ruining other parts of the Island with more traffic, more people, and the limited services we have to endure now.

Organic growth is not profitable enough for greedy developers with certain council members in their pocket one expects.

Az-zahra
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Would be ‘nice’ but very naïve to expect our council tax to ‘go down’ as clearly EVERY new home built adds that amount of revenue to Council coffers, and clearly IF they make ‘more’ than the spend, as they do on each home, then the more homes, the more profit the council make.

But we know WE will still get rises each year, even IF the Island never had a blade of grass showing between the building covering this beautiful Isle if these parasitic and extremely dubious people are ‘in charge’.

Council members are only human, and likely these no worse than others, meaning we are stuck with those greedy, who look out for their own, abuse trusted positions to their advantage and any lucrative ‘development’ pals, whichever, way we vote.

Wouldn’t most of us, IF we were them?

Hence corruption is rife in all walks of life, with the rich despising the poor, earning on the sly, and the poor despising the rich, who, to them, have more than most, so ought to be grateful.

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The council seem to take great pleasure in destroying our sea fronts. Look at Ventnor, mostly flats, Sandown, mostly flats.

Az-zahra
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The more council tax they ‘rake in’ the less it looks bad, when they pay themselves more, claim more expenses or squander on dubious projects.

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