Medina bridge and other ideas up for discussion

By David Newble

Saturday, June 7, 2014


FROM a bridge across the Medina to dealing with flooding in Ryde and how to boost tourism in The Bay, a series of new documents have been launched by the Isle of Wight Council to find out what Islanders want.

Area action plans for the Medina Valley, Ryde and The Bay have been opened for consultation and once complete, will be used to shape planning and development in those areas as part of the Island Plan, the Isle of Wight’s key planning document.

The consultation raises questions for each area, putting forward suggestions for development and regulation and asking for views. Among suggestions for the Medina Valley is to build an opening bridge across the River Medina, from Stag Lane on the west bank of the river.

But the document makes clear there is no money to pay for the bridge and costs would have to be met by money from developers building new housing.

The Ryde plan recognises flooding associated with Monktonmead Brook needs to be balanced alongside the requirement for new houses to be built.

"We recognise the brook is an issue for residents and we need to balance problems in this area against the requirement to provide sites for housing," says the document.

In The Bay, residents are being asked for their views on whether hotels should have special protection from redevelopment for other uses.

The consultation also invites ideas on how to regenerate the area by promoting watersports, walking, cycling and outdoor activities.

Cllr Jonathan Bacon, executive member responsible for planning, said he hoped as many Islanders would take part in the consultation, available on the council’s website.

"There will be things people like and I am sure there will be things people don’t like. The important thing is they respond," he said.

The plans can be view via the Isle of Wight Council website



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by matthew eldridge

11th June 2014, at 13:45:04

like what you said amber

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by John Stone

10th June 2014, at 08:37:44

Sorry - perhaps my links work differently but here they are
Medina Valley
Bay Area

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by Richard Valvona

9th June 2014, at 20:19:09

John, you're not being very clear. The main page is not an "About" page and there's no link to an "About" page either. There are loads of links on that page and there are no links specific to this application. Are they under "Your Council"? That's the closest I can get and they are far too generic. It would be much more helpful if you could just write down the actual links.

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by Amber Baker

9th June 2014, at 10:29:59

Dear Isle of Wight Council,
Re: Your consultation period
Thanks for giving the appearance of listening to the proletariat before you go ahead and do what you want anyway.
I only have one comment.
Please can you buy me a helicopter.
Love, kisses, peace and choccy cake,
Ambs x

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by John Stone

9th June 2014, at 07:44:07

Scroll down the main page (About) and you'll see three links which link to the documents for each area.

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by Richard Valvona

9th June 2014, at 06:37:54

I would assume that it might be of a similar height to the one at Yarmouth when you carry on past the ferries. They have one that raises up and I've never been there when it's happened.

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by kevin froment

8th June 2014, at 22:54:16

richard, i agree with a lot of your statement but my consideration was how high the low level bridge would be, i admit i hadnt given modern technology much thought, too set in my old ways i suppose

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by Richard Valvona

8th June 2014, at 22:53:38

Thanks John, but you have only directed me to the main page, not the page itself which contains the plans.

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by John Stone

8th June 2014, at 22:43:39

@Richard Valvona
If you read the article to the end there is a link as follows:-
"The plans can be view via the Isle of Wight Council website"

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by Richard Valvona

8th June 2014, at 20:50:49

And Cowes week? These are generally small boats and the bridge would be high enough for it not to be a problem as it would be quite high. If there's a special event going and boats happen to be really really tall then alternative arrangements can be made. No different to when the floating bridge is out of action and boats being used for passengers. This is the problem with many islanders. They always look for any petty reason to argue against a great project instead of thinking outside the box. Really irritates me.

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