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Department seeks £7.33 million for the 3rd Phase of Redevelopment at Janet’s Corner, Castletown 16 May 2008

The Department of Local Government and the Environment has applied to Tynwald for £7.33 million for the third phase of work at Janet’s Corner Estate, Castletown. The work is part of the Department’s £22.76 million scheme to redevelop and refurbish the estate.

This phase of the work comprises the demolition of 22 existing houses and the construction of 52 new homes. Works will also include new drains, sewers and utility services as a part of the plan to renew and upgrade the existing infrastructure of the estate.

The works include for the redevelopment of an adjacent plot of land fronting Douglas Road, which was recently acquired by the Department. The bungalow and out buildings, known as ‘Strathcylde’, have been demolished to make way for 12 two bedroom flats. The remainder of the new homes in this phase comprise 19 family houses and 21 bungalows for the elderly.

Juan Watterson, MHK, Member with responsibility for Affordable Housing, said,

“I am pleased to see that the refurbishment and redevelopment of Janet’s Corner Estate is progressing on programme. The first phase of work for the updating and refurbishment of 51 houses was completed in April last year and the first new houses will be ready for occupation this summer. The whole of the second phase of work comprising 23 family houses and 3 bungalows is expected to be complete before the end of the year. The project is an important part of the Department’s programme to up grade the whole of its housing stock to provide energy efficient, modern homes”.

The contract for the third phase of work has been negotiated with the Contractor for the previous phase in order to allow the work to progress quickly as a ‘rolling programme’ and reduce the costs associated with site establishment. Work on the third phase is expected to commence as soon as site conditions permit, during the summer and be completed in Spring 2010.

Proposals for the redevelopment have been prepared in close consultation with the residents. The Department has arranged to use the former clinic adjacent to the estate on Douglas Road as an information/exhibition centre. This will provide a venue for the residents to call in and discuss any issues which maybe of concern to them.

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