A new plan to help enhance the architectural and historical features of Sandown, tackle some of the town's worst derelict sites and improve the public realm, has been published.
The Isle of Wight Council, working with Sandown Town Council, has launched the Sandown Conservation Area Management Plan, following public consultation, community engagement events, and contributions from stakeholder groups.
The plan includes:
- recording the current condition of buildings in the conservation area;
- appointing 'Historic Environment Champions' to raise the profile and awareness of conservation issues;
- identifying redundant or harmful signage;
- tackling some of the worst vacant or harmful sites;
- creating public realm improvements, including planters and working with Green Town Volunteers;
- promoting an annual awards scheme for building projects and environmental improvements;
- supporting a maintenance week to improve the appearance of the public realm.
The management plan focuses on the conservation area but, similar to the Bay Place Plan, aims to support the regeneration of the wider Bay area.
Sandown Library will be displaying the plan with a transcribed copy of the plan available from the reception desk. The plan can also be downloaded from the Isle of Wight Council's website.