The Department of Infrastructure is planning to invest in a number of residential areas as part of its focus on improving the places where we live.
Work will include the resurfacing of roads and pavements, the repair of kerbs, the replacement of old signage and the installation of new entrance features where required.
The Department has carried out inspections in towns and villages throughout the Island and drawn up a priority list of estates and residential roads it proposes to tackle over the next few years. This is based on the number of properties and the current condition and visual appearance of the infrastructure, with the worst areas and those with higher density housing being scored higher to help a greater number of people.
The work on housing estates will take place in addition to ongoing maintenance to secure the long-term integrity of the Island’s strategic highways, bridges, retaining walls, harbours and breakwaters.
The Department has been granted additional funding for residential projects, which will support efforts to promote the Isle of Man’s reputation as a special place to live and work. The intention is to focus resources on a small number of schemes each year across all areas of the Island, starting in May.
The Department will discuss its proposals with residents, local authorities and MHKs before the refurbishment work starts.
Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer MHK said:
‘We are keen to revitalise the Island’s residential areas, which have been somewhat neglected over the years. A good quality infrastructure is important to the Island’s social and economic wellbeing and these projects will give our built environment a real lift.’
David Anderson MLC, DOI Member with responsibility for Highway Services, added:
‘Routine maintenance may not grab people’s attention in the same way as the big capital schemes, but it is absolutely essential. Investing in our existing infrastructure means we can avoid the need for more significant and costly work in the future.’