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Proposal to establish a Conservation Area covering part of Victoria Street and Athol Street, Douglas 15 February 2007

As part of its programme for protecting the Island’s built heritage, the Department of Local Government and the Environment is consulting on the establishment of a Conservation Area covering part of Victoria Street and Athol Street in Douglas.

The proposed area encloses a small surviving section of the old town, parts of the 19th Century town and an early example of Victorian street improvements. Following the transfer of the capital to Douglas in 1869, the town’s prestige was increasingly reflected in its architecture and open spaces as there developed a mixture of residential, business and civic developments. The creation of Victoria Street, Athol Street and Prospect Hill, all interlinked, became the principal shopping and business centre for the Island as well as being the seat of Government. These pivotal developments are central in reflecting the historical importance and prestige of this proposed Conservation Area.

Clare Christian, MLC, Member of the Department with responsibility for Planning and Conservation commented,

“This area has a very special quality and is part of the Island’s built heritage. The Department is hopeful of gaining strong support for the proposal from the local community”.

The proposals will be on display at an Open House on Thursday, 22nd February 2007, which will be held on the ground floor of the Department’s offices, Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas, between 11.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. Those who attend the Open House may wish to complete a questionnaire to provide useful feedback to the Department. The questionnaire is available to download from the Department’s website. www.gov.im/dlge/planning/conservation.

Copies of the maps and the Character Appraisals for the proposed areas will be available on the day or by contacting the main reception Murray House (Tel: 685954). Alternatively, these may be accessed by logging onto the Department’s website.

Comments on the proposal should be addressed to Steve Moore, Conservation Office, Planning & Building Control Directorate, at the Department’s Offices and be received by Monday, 26th March 2007.

Any queries about the proposed Conservation Area or about the grant assistance which is available for certain works to buildings within the proposed Conservation Areas should be directed to Steve Moore (Tel: 685944), or Trevor Wilson (Tel: 685904), in the Conservation Section, Murray House.

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