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Jurby Village Improvements 8 November 2003

The November sitting of Tynwald will be asked to lay the foundations for the future development of Jurby as a sustainable village community.

Local Government and Environment Minister Pamela Crowe MLC will move the spending of £841,000 to upgrade the electricity, water and drainage infrastructure in the area.

Mrs Crowe will also move receipt of a report setting out the way forward for the longer-term development of Jurby Village, including new housing, new industrial units and, subject to planning, the new prison.

The report follows a comprehensive study, authorised by the Council of Ministers, of the future of the Government-owned land at Jurby. A study group headed by the Departmentís Estates and Housing Director, Richard Senior, consulted widely across Government Departments and with community representatives. The exercise also included a questionnaire asking tenants of the Bretney Estate for their views on their area.

The report covers a range of issues including leisure and sports activities, and community facilities.

It states:

"Feedback from the Jurby community quite clearly indicated a desire to see Jurby grow by increasing and improving housing, social and recreational facilities and opportunities for local work. In effect the proposals for new development and improvements to Jurby would turn it into a proper village with a centre and co-ordinated facilities. This vision for Jurby would lead to the creation of a sustainable village by building on the strengths of the community and releasing the potential of the airfield, the industrial estate and the former Jurby army camp site Ė all of which are underused assets currently owned by Government."

A long-term Government commitment is required, adds the report, for this vision to become reality. The report also notes that items requiring Tynwald approval will be brought forward at the appropriate time as part of Governmentís business planning, budget and administrative processes.

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