By Olivia Cortes Watson, college industry placement
Born in Spain in 2000, I moved to the Isle of Wight when I was three. I went to Dover Park Primary School in Ryde and then Ryde Academy to where I completed my GCSEs. Throughout my education I always knew that the travel and tourism industry interested me.
The Isle of Wight is a unique location – ideal to live, work, learn and play! Because it’s a great place to live, it’s also a great place to study. The Island is where you can take education to a higher level; whether you’ve already got a job and want to gain a higher education qualification at the same time; if you want to do a higher level or degree level apprenticeship, or if you want to take a full or part time course.
Thanks to everybody who has been involved in the long public consultation about the proposed new industrial area at Rydes Nicholson Road. We have at last got to the next stage in the proposals, and the first planning applications are now submitted which means you can see the plans and comment on them.
Options under consideration include restaurants, housing, commercial space, new car parking, higher education resources, a rebuild of the existing Riverside Centre, a new hotel and a cultural venue.
The project is intended to increase connectivity to the existing town centre, attract visitors, and ensure the future of the harbour by providing for maintenance and investment in harbour facilities.
The new proposals are mostly on the eastern side of the estuary, keeping the Medina itself available for boats and leaving more commercial functions on the west, including the existing marine and boating activity. The plan aims to keep and reuse buildings where possible, to help conserve and enhance the historic and marine heritage of Newport Quay.
Plans have been drawn up in the light of suggestions from harbour users, residents and businesses, and as a result the new proposals include a smaller residential area as a gateway to the green space, the chance to create places where people can both live and work, and a potential new focus on creative industries.
The proposed lifting bridge is for pedestrians and cyclists, linking Seaclose Park with destinations such as the Isle of Wight College and St Mary’s Hospital, as well as the many shops and businesses at Dodnor. This would be in addition to any possible future vehicle bridge, which is not included in this plan.
The proposals could be adopted as planning policy, which will then be the framework for development over the next 20-25 years with the first projects on the ground in the next two or three years.
By Amy Stubbs, trainee project manager, Isle of Wight Council.
Born at St. Mary’s Hospital in 2000, I have lived on the Isle of Wight all my life. I went to Godshill Primary School and then Christ the King College, where I stayed for both my GCSEs and A-Levels. Throughout my education, I struggled and stressed a lot about what my future looked like. I was surrounded by friends who knew exactly what they wanted to do, and I had no idea. To add to this, living at home with two older sisters who also had their futures planned out, only increased the pressure I was feeling.
By Aaron Wheeldon, Graduate Trainee, Isle of Wight Council.
I was born and raised on this island twenty-one years ago, having attended Somerton Middle and Cowes High School in a bygone era of education. I continued at Cowes as it transitioned into the current Cowes Enterprise College where I studied my A-Levels and became particularly interested in dystopian literature. Eventually, as a result of this growing interest in politics, I chose to study International Relations at the University of Southampton. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science three years later and it came time to pursue a career in the busy (and incredibly competitive) graduate market. I never saw my future on the island – throughout my childhood, it never struck me as an environment for opportunity. However, here I am, as the tide of opportunity turns for the island.
By Gino Wooldridge, Graduate Trainee, Isle of Wight Council.
I have just turned 27 and have always been an Islander, I attended Northwood Primary, Somerton Middle and Cowes High School. After my education on the Island, which focussed on a technical and logical curriculum including ICT and business studies, I went to the University of Southampton to further my interest and skills with a degree in Management (BSc).
By Reniera O’Donnell, assistant director of regeneration, Isle of Wight Council.
It’s been two years since the Council made the brave decision to establish a regeneration team. It was daunting for me; coming in to help create a new department and kick start a programme that was tasked with plugging the big black (or is that red?) money hole. So I am indulging in a bit of a reflection on where we have gotten to thus far.
For me, the biggest change has been the rising enthusiasm
both locally and from future investors and partners about the Island. The number
of bids we got for taking forward the Newport Harbour masterplan was an
indication that the wider development world is interested in our little Island.
As well as this house
prices in Ryde over the past year have seen highest rise in the country!
Add to this the expansion of MHI Vestas with hundreds of new jobs; the
investment going in to some of our hotels (the Priory Bay as an example); and
the success of smaller businesses like Wyatt
& Jack and Russell Ince’s
Christmas Imaginarium and you start to see that the things are definitely