TOWN CENTRE MANAGERS SPEARHEAD PROJECT TO SMARTEN UP RYDE INTERCHANGE

RYDE’S town centre managers have spearheaded a community project to smarten up the town’s bus and rail interchange.
Local businesses, a group of pupils from Ryde High School, Wightlink, Hovertravel, Ryde Town Management Committee, Help the Aged and Island Line along with the Isle of …

RYDE’S town centre managers have spearheaded a community project to smarten up the town’s bus and rail interchange.

Local businesses, a group of pupils from Ryde High School, Wightlink, Hovertravel, Ryde Town Management Committee, Help the Aged and Island Line along with the Isle of Wight Council’s Safer Neighbourhood Partnership are helping to support the project to revitalise the interchange which the Isle of Wight Council is planning to rebuild as soon as possible.

Part of the project will involve a local artist and members of the community coming together to create a mural based on the Seven Wonders of the Isle of Wight and linked with the Travelsafe scheme which is co-ordinated through the Community Rail Partnership.

Offenders doing the Community Service will also be taking part in the work to create the mural by painting walls white in preparation for the artwork as part of the restorative justice scheme.

As well as the work on the mural, local businessman Wayne Whittle has reoccupied the kiosk at the Esplanade and opened a new shop selling souvenirs – in addition to re-opening the Delicious Cafe in Western Gardens. He has also repainted the toilet block.

Materials for the mural are being supplied by Moreys from their branch at St John’s in Ryde which now has a paint mixing facility.

The project is also being supported by Southern Vectis who are helping to ensure that Newport based people can get to Ryde to help with the scheme and Ryde Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, by ensuring that all participants are supplied with refreshments.

The mural is due to be finished at the end of May this year.

Ryde Town Centre manager Katharine Arblaster who led the scheme said: “This is a real project that has happened due to local businesses and the community coming together to smarten up a gateway area of the town.

“It has been a really positive experience seeing people getting together to make this happen and to concentrate on the positive things that can be achieved if we have a common goal in mind.”

Councillor Tim Hunter Henderson Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for environment and transport said: “This is an excellent project.

“Ryde Interchange is an important gateway to the Isle of Wight and I am grateful to the Town Centre managers and everyone else involved in the scheme for their hard work.”

Friday, 11th April, 2008 3:05pm

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5 Comments

  1. musoactivator's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    12.Apr.2008 1:04pm

    Finally..Always hated seein those tacky, old arcade signs and dis-used shops along the front on a return from a mainland trip…Sacriledge when you consider it is a big gateway to the isle.

    Here, here for finally doing something about it.

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  2. Bestival Fan's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    12.Apr.2008 1:44pm

    Whilst it’s good to see work to tidy up a tatty area surely the real question is why is time and money being spent on buildings that are due to be demolished and completely rebuilt? The press release says that rebuilding will be “as soon as possible” but I feel the local media should be asking IWC what has happened to the multi million pound redevelopment which is way behind schedule and according to the CP in December has been delayed due to contractual “issues”

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  3. Bestival Fan's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    12.Apr.2008 2:09pm

    Hmm, did a bit more searching and it would seem that it’s going to be a few months / years before the new project is started

    Is it another Underhand Drive?

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  4. simon's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    13.Apr.2008 8:42am

    As far as I can recall, the halt on the work is down to “proper purchasing procedures not being followed.”

    As to how that could have happened after we were all assured that the council re-engineered their procurement procedures after Undercliff Drive is most confusing.

    If it has been found that questionable practices have been used, it’s only right that the council comes clean and tells us. Without that, they’re opening themselves up to accusations of hushing things up – or even more seriously seeking to protect their own.

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  5. Bertie's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    13.Apr.2008 10:14am

    Council? Come clean? The words Leopard and spots come to mind.
    Never mind, The Big Green Picnic, Eco-Island and this “makeover” will take our attention away from the fact that they could not procure a stamp in the post office.
    When I was last in Ryde, I noticed that the overhead gantry thingummy at the entrance to the pier, was close to collapse.
    No doubt when it does eventually fall on someone or their vehicle, we shall be told that “it must never happen again”!
    Once again this is a case of papering (or in this case, painting) over the cracks.
    Good luck to Wayne though.

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