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£1.8m development scheme to reinvigorate Jurby

Mon, 18 Mar 2019


A £1.8m project to attract businesses and create a community hub in Jurby is set to inject fresh life into the village.

The three-year scheme was included as part of this year’s package of Budget announcements approved by Tynwald, following successful engagement with residents and the local authority.

More than £800,000 is due to be spent on phase one of the project during the next financial year, 2019/20.

Work is planned to start later this year on improving Jurby Business Park through landscaping and tree-planting, and the installation of improved signage and modern lighting infrastructure.

A planning application for the construction of four new industrial units is expected to be submitted soon, and the site will be designed to accommodate further expansion in the future.

The focus of the second phase of the project, with a budget of approximately £1,050,000  will shift to the north of Ballameanagh Road, on land between Jurby Medical Centre and the Bretney Estate.

Included in the design is a central picnic area, allotments and recreational space.

Innovative community-led proposals include a ‘Container Cluster’, which will see the development of former shipping containers, upgraded with insulation and power available to rent. These would be ideal for individuals or organisations to use of them for crafts and clubs, or for artists and enthusiasts to have space to work in a supportive environment.

Nearby, four Polycrub tunnels built from recycled materials will provide shelter for people to use to grow their own vegetables alongside outdoor planter beds. The site has also been designed to accommodate car parking and further facilities for the community.


 

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