MP Bob Seely has welcomed a report by Historic England which suggests how the IW Council can maximise the regeneration opportunities for Newport, Ryde and East Cowes.
The report published today (September 23) follows the recent announcement that Newport and Ryde are set to benefit from the Government’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone fund.
Bob said: “I welcome all regeneration opportunities that benefit Island residents, businesses and visitors. The key is to ensure that regeneration happens in the right places and in the right way.
“The report by Historic England raises some interesting suggestions and I look forward to meeting with representatives from Historic England to discuss the contents further. It is a thought-provoking document that has some clear views on how we need to get the most from these three towns.
“Some of the suggestions, such as increased pedestrianisation in Newport town centre, will undoubtedly encourage debate but it is a discussion I think we need to have.”
The report makes suggestions about making Newport a lively, attractive, welcoming place for locals, as well as growing the marine engineering, wind and tidal energy and digital technology sectors in East Cowes.
It also makes recommendations about saving high profile buildings and suggests the IW Council look at championing electric vehicles and including bicycles as greener alternatives to the car along with others.
Bob said he was delighted the report also acknowledged the willingness of the local community to play a key role in shaping future regeneration.