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Ramsey Regeneration Contractor Anounced 8 June 2011

The Department of Infrastructure and the Ramsey Regeneration Committee is delighted to announce the first phase of the regeneration work in Ramsey. Island Drainage & Groundwork Limited have been appointed as the contractor to implement this phase of the town’s regeneration. Work will start on site in Old Post Office Lane in the week beginning 13 June. The new surfacing materials will be higher quality, easier to clean and far more attractive than the current surfaces. The Regeneration Grant Scheme will also help owners of the private properties bordering the lanes to paint and upgrade their properties to support the regeneration of the public areas; and a number of property owners have already come forward with their proposals to dovetail into the regeneration efforts. Downpipe connections at ground level will be improved as part of the public realm regeneration to complement guttering improvements on private properties. An effective solution to the messy pigeons is being sought on an island-wide basis, whilst identified local roosts are to be tackled in conjunction with property owners. Overall, the lanes will be bright and smart, incorporating artistic interpretation of their history and ground-level lighting to improve safety and make them inviting throughways to the town.

Planning applications have now been submitted for the regeneration of the Courthouse and Market Place, building on last year’s public consultation and views expressed by property owners and shopkeepers in the regeneration area. The improvements will make the squares at the Courthouse and Market Place much more welcoming places for people to meet and talk, with space incorporated for events and creative performers to attract audiences and bring life to the heart of the town.

The Department of Infrastructure has received approval for regeneration funding of up to £130,000 for the Ramsey Phase 1 environmental regeneration works on Old Post Office, Old Courier and Collins Lane. This funding will be used to improve pedestrian access between the town centre and the convenient public parking on West Quay. These locations were chosen to trial the natural stone materials; public art; lighting and construction practices to ensure it provides a high quality environment with good aesthetic finishes which can be constructed in a cost efficient manner with minimum disruption to local businesses. The lessons learnt from undertaking this trial can then be directly transferred to the more complex town centre regeneration works. Chief Minister, Tony Brown MHK, Chairman of the Regeneration Steering Group said “The Steering Group is passionate about driving improvements around the Island and this initiative is one of many that have been under development. I am delighted that we have started to move from the planning phase to the delivery phase and this represents an important milestone. I believe regeneration works will start to make a significant contribution to protecting and promoting economic activity and making the Island an even more special place to live and visit.” Allan Bell MHK, Chairman of the Ramsey Regeneration Committee, commented “People have said they want a vibrant heart for Ramsey and we’re really pushing changes forward so that residents and visitors will quickly see the improvements in the town. This first phase focuses on three significant lanes which will vastly improve pedestrian access between Parliament Street and the Quayside. Once the lanes have been completed they will give the people of Ramsey an opportunity to look at the materials and lighting used and make informed comment about the next phases which will have an even greater impact on the Town.”

The Department of Infrastructure is already consulting with local businesses on Traffic Regulation Orders for Market Hill and East Street to make the environment in the regeneration area safer and more pedestrian-friendly. Decisions on these aspects will be key in shaping future phases. All responses on the orders that are received by 20 June will be considered.

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