06 Sep 2018 Last updated at 12:00

Big turnout for Ryde regeneration event

More than 220 Ryde residents joined in a drop-in session to air their views about ideas and opportunities for the future of the town at a workshop at Ryde Castle on 5 September.

The event was the latest in a series organised by the Isle of Wight Council to get feedback on the draft Regeneration Strategy, which launched in July after a year of consultation with Island residents and businesses.

A series of similar events are planned across the Island throughout September.

Participants had the chance to discuss the strategy with council staff working on parking, housing infrastructure and other key themes.

Councillor Wayne Whittle, Cabinet member for business development, regeneration and tourism, said: “The format was very good, very relaxed and positive. Everybody had a chance to contribute and it was great to see so many people there.”

The Regeneration Strategy for the Isle of Wight runs until 2030, and aims to set out how the council and partners will ensure the economic future of the Island to create a great place to grow up, live, work and visit.

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Participants at the Regeneration workshop
Participants at the Regeneration workshop
  • The draft Regeneration Strategy consultation runs until 12 October 2018.
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