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Heritage shop enjoys a makeover 21 July 2010

Laxey regeneration projectTHE Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust gift shop has enjoyed an impressive makeover as part of a project aimed at maximising the potential of the Island’s towns and villages.

The exterior of the premises, located on Mines Road on the route between the tram station and Laxey Wheel, has been refurbished and a new window installed. An outside seating area has also been created thanks to the grant provided by the Isle of Man Town and Village Regeneration Scheme.

The improved facilities were officially opened yesterday (Tuesday, July 20) by Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan MHK, who chairs the Laxey Regeneration Committee, in the presence of Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK.

Mr Rodan, who is also Chairman of the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust, said:

‘Although this is a small scheme, it has proved that a relatively small amount of financial assistance can make a genuine difference to an area. The Trust shop has now become something of a landmark building and offers the promise of a warm welcome, which visitors undoubtedly receive from our staff.’

A grant of £3,224 was provided by the Regeneration Scheme in order to purchase materials for the gift shop redevelopment, while the associated costs were borne by the Trust. Trust Deputy Chairman Anthony Pass provided planning and architectural services, local company Stewart Clague Services carried out the work, and Talbot Blinds installed the exterior awnings and interior blinds.

The improvements were completed in time for the Easter holidays and have already attracted positive feedback. The Laxey project is a reflection of the collaborative work being undertaken by Government, local authorities, private enterprise and voluntary groups to benefit communities throughout the Island. Funding of £8 million has been earmarked for the Isle of Man Town and Village Regeneration Scheme, and progress is being made on a number of regional proposals.

Regeneration Manager Linda McCauley said:

‘The Isle of Man Government wants to see towns and villages fulfil their potential and play a major role in supporting local economies. We have several projects, large and small, at various stages of completion, and other applications in the pipeline. The Heritage Trust shop refurbishment is a small but positive example of how local people are getting involved to directly influence what happens in their communities.’

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