Letter: Red Funnel have the opportunity to create something exceptional

Steven Goodman believes that following the rejection of Red Funnel’s planning application to expand their terminal in East Cowes, they now have the opportunity to create something exceptional.

vertical garden

We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers – unsurprisingly they don’t always reflect the views of this publication. If you have something you’d like to share, get in touch and of course, your considered comments are welcome below. This from Steven Goodman. Ed

I was surprised and disappointed by the “East Cowes regeneration is no more” reaction of the Red Funnel CEO to the justifiable rejection of a plan which needlessly threatened so many skilled jobs, thriving businesses, and people’s homes.

Those of us wanting and working for improvement and regeneration in the town and further afield would reasonably expect Red Funnel and all other parties involved to recognise that the available money and momentum may now be redirected to produce economic and environmental benefits for everyone, without harming existing useful assets or alienating so many Island residents.

Create something exceptional
I fail to see why Red Funnel should not still get a bigger and better terminal, particularly as without the need to spend some of the available money destructively, more of it could be used to create something exceptional.

My preference continues to be for vertical building on the present site, ideally incorporating as much planting as the budget allows. Could there even be green walls, and/or a roof garden and restaurant/cafe as a contribution to regeneration, nature, and RF profitability?

Make best use of the this opportunity
Additionally, if money or investors are available now or later for generating new housing, hotel rooms, or retail opportunities, some nearby neglected sites remain available, the best and most obvious being the still wasted former Frank James Memorial Hospital and the adjacent former health centre.

I’d like to think that no more time and money will be wasted, and that everyone, including Red Funnel, will co-operate and continue with the work needed to make the best use of the this opportunity.
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Friday, 22nd April, 2016 8:37am


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It seems obvious that RF are not interested in any regeneration of East Cowes other than for their own benefit and to sell off land so they can claw back the cost of this new marshaling area,if they did go for what people are asking for,a two story car parking area then the full cost would be borne by RF,doing it their way would cost them next… Read more »
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RF do seem to give that impression, but if they are genuine, and as money is said to be available from both them and elsewhere for regeneration and improvement, they could, for example, also save/make money by putting solar panels on the roof/wall(s) of new building on their site (as well as doing their bit for the economy by not adversely interfering with present skilled jobs, businesses,… Read more »
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Luisa Hillard

I love the green wall idea in the photo. Something like that would be very unusual and striking – a fitting gateway to the Garden Isle!


Yes I agree – green and innovative! Far more fitting that the current proposal. As the invest in Isle of Wight website states THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, INVEST ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT with such limited resources it is time for the Green on Wight initiative to be at the forefront of planning applications.