The Ramsey Regeneration Committee has announced the appointment of Island Drainage & Groundwork Limited as the contractor to implement the first phase of the town's regeneration. Work will start in Old Post Office Lane, with the contractor establishing on-site in the week beginning 13 June.
The new surfacing materials will be higher quality, easier to clean and far more attractive than the current surfaces. The regeneration grant scheme will help owners of the private properties bordering the Lanes to paint and upgrade their properties to support the regeneration of the public areas; and a number of property owners have already come forward with their proposals to dovetail into the regeneration efforts. Downpipe connections at ground level will be improved as part of the public realm regeneration to complement guttering improvements on private properties. An effective solution to the messy pigeons is being sought on an island-wide basis, whilst identified local roosts are to be tackled in conjunction with property owners. Overall the Lanes will be bright and smart, incorporating artistic interpretation of their history and ground-level lighting to improve safety and make them inviting throughways to the town.
Planning applications have now been submitted for the regeneration of the Courthouse and Market Place, building on last year's public consultation and views expressed by property owners and shopkeepers in the regeneration area. The improvements will make the squares at the Courthouse and Market Place much more welcoming places for people to meet and talk, with space incorporated for events and creative performers to attract audiences and bring life to the heart of the town. Allan Bell MHK, Chairman of the Regeneration Committee, commented "People have said they want a vibrant heart for Ramsey and we're really pushing the changes forward so that residents and visitors will quickly see the improvements in the town."
The Department of Infrastructure is already consulting with local businesses on traffic regulation orders for Market Hill and East Street to make the environment in the regeneration area safer and more pedestrian-friendly. All responses received by 20 June will be considered.