The decision, made at a meeting on 2nd December, reflects concern among councillors and residents about the number of large-scale developments being planned or proposed on the outskirts of the town, which Ryde Town Council says is ‘without adequate consideration of the infrastructure implications’. Included in these are several large housing developments, the expansion of the Nicholson Road industrial estate and a possible ice rink at Smallbrook Stadium.
Commenting on the decision, Councillor Diana Conyers, chair of the Council’s Planning Committee, said:
“We recognise the need for more houses, jobs and recreational facilities in the town, but these have to be accompanied by improvements in the road network and increased health and other social service provision”.
The Mayor of Ryde, Councillor Michael Lilley, who represents Ryde East on Ryde Town Council and the Isle of Wight Council, strongly supported the resolution:
“Most of these developments are in my ward and neighbouring Ryde South. It’s not fair on residents in these areas”.
It was one of these residents, Jenny Wade, who initiated the resolution:
“There are already major traffic problems at road junctions in this area and these new developments will make the situation even worse. As a local resident, I feel that I have to do everything I can to get this point across. I thank Ryde Town Council for their support”.