Published: 23rd Sep 2019

The Isle of Wight’s remarkable history and architecture should be harnessed to help regenerate its three towns, according to a new report. The report by Historic England makes a number of recommendations to support the regeneration of Newport, Ryde and East Cowes, which are facing issues including a growing number of empty shops. It also warns that the Island has high levels of unemployment and a severe affordable housing shortage. Many younger people leave the Island to seek training and job opportunities, and the growing elderly population relies heavily on local health and social care services. It describes Newport as ‘rich in history and architecture’ and recommends transforming it into a ‘lively, attractive, welcoming place for locals’, which builds on its strength as the island’s market town and civic hub. In East Cowes, it recommends creating more waterfront space to allow the growth of marine engineering, wind and tidal energy … (To read the full article, subscribe below)