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Masterplan aims to make Douglas a "world class capital"

An artists impression of the proposed Maritime Gateway. Credit: Iom Government

A public consultation has been launched on a "bold vision" for major redevelopment of Douglas.

The Isle of Man government is asking for feedback on the Central Douglas Masterplan, which aims to encourage investment in the town and boost economic growth.

Government-appointed consultants have drawn up the masterplan.

Officials say the intention is to encourage private sector investment in Douglas and support long term economic regeneration.

Among the aims are:

  • Creating a world-class capital by ensuring development is contemporary, high-quality and timeless.
  • Improving the gateways to Douglas to create attractive arrival points and a positive first impression.
  • Increasing retail opportunities and choice, ensuring new provision complements, rather than undermines, existing retailers.
  • Creating a new civic space that supports flexible uses for events and activities to draw together the town centre.
  • Connecting the key attractions in the town centre by making it easier to navigate between areas.
  • Addressing the local topography, natural environment and buildings – finding and enhancing routes between Upper and Lower Douglas.
An artists impression of how the The Fort will look from Fort Street. Credit: IoM Government.

Chris Robertshaw MHK, Minister for Policy and Reform and Chair of the Central Douglas Masterplan Committee, says the strategy will "underpin efforts to create a world-class Island capital".

"Government cannot deliver this exciting new strategy on its own.

"It will be made real by many hands, including private investors and developers.

"Government has a central role to play in terms of generating the confidence within the private sector to invest in this bold vision.

"The Masterplan is not a blueprint for development and will not be a statutory document.

"It does, however, provide a strategic approach to seeking out and promoting opportunities for development.

"It will also guide decision making and inform future policy.

"Douglas already has much to offer, but there are some critical issues that need to be addressed in a coordinated manner to ensure that it becomes a world-class, distinctive capital.

"This approach will be vital to the continued economic success of the Island."

– Chris Robertshaw MHK
Artists impression of the Quayside and Winter Gardens. Credit: IoM Government.

An exhibition about the masterplan will be held at the Strand Shopping Centre from 2pm on Monday, October 6 until Saturday, October 11 2014.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2014 at 6pm, members of the public can also attend a presentation on the masterplan at the Manx Museum, Douglas.

The consultation runs until Friday, November 14, and anyone wishing to participate can click here.

Artists impression of The Fort. Credit: IoM Government.

Isle of Man girl pens thank you song

A nine year old girl from the Isle of Man has become a hit on the internet with a musical thank you for the hospital staff who treated her in Liverpool. Grace Lee sang "Lean On Me" at a packed shopping centre to help raise money and awareness of the Alder Hey Children's Charity. The video of the event has attracted thousands of viewers. Amy Mulhern has been to meet Grace and her family

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Campaign to legalise assisted suicide in Isle of Man

There are calls to re-open the debate on assisted dying in the Isle of Man.

Millie Blenkinsopp from Douglas has petitioned the island's government so she can decide when she dies.

Millie has a condition that means she has had a series of strokes and fears the next one could leave her with no quality of life.

Amy Mulhern reports.

Isle of Man campaign to legalise assisted suicide

A woman on the Isle of Man has launched a campaign to legalise assisted suicide. Millie Blenkinsop lives with a condition that has causes her to suffer a series of mini strokes. The guest house owner from Douglas fears the next one could leave her in an extremely poor state of health.

Millie has petitioned the Manx government to legalise assisted suicide and give her the right to decide when she should die. It's not the first time the issue has been raised on the island - Tynwald parliament investigated assisted dying around ten years ago and decided there was no appetite for change - but because of Millie's petition it will now be looked at again.

If the authorities want to progress with a change in the law, there are of course people that are vehemently opposed to the idea.

Biker killed at Manx Grand Prix

Tim Moorhead. Credit: Manx Motor Cycle Club

The Manx Motor Cycle Club has confirmed that Tim Moorhead, from Whitstable in Kent, was killed during last night's qualifying session for the 2014 Manx Grand Prix.

The incident happened just before the Black Hut, on the Mountain section of the course, at just after 8pm.

Mr Moorhead, 50, made his Manx Grand Prix debut in 2012.

In a statement the Manx Motor Cycle Club said they wished to pass on their deepest sympathy to Tim's family and friends.

The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.

Driver arrested after teenager killed in road crash

Police forensics on Foxdale Road. Credit: Amy Mulhearn/ITV News

A 17-year-old boy has died when a car in which he was a passenger crashed on the Isle of Man.

Island police said the driver of the Renault Clio and two further passengers were also seriously injured and were taken to Nobles Hospital.

One of the injured remains in intensive care and the driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The crash happened shortly before midnight last night on the A24 Foxdale Road, near to its junction with Archallagan Plantation.

The three-door door hatchbackwas travelling from the Eairy, towards The Braaid.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Foxdale Road has been sealed off. Credit: Amy Mulhearn/ITV News

“This was a challenging scene to deal with for all the emergency services, all who stepped up to the bar to professionally deal with the difficult issues confronting them.

"All the next of kin have been informed, and over the coming days we will be working to establish precisely what led to this tragic event.

"Although only one vehicle is believed to have been involved at this time, it is important we establish clearly that this was the case.

"If anyone was driving on that road around the time of the collision, I’d compel them to get in touch with us at headquarters and speak to the investigation team. We are particularly interested in the movements of the Clio, which was travelling from the Eairy end towards the Braaid.

"We can be contacted on 631212”

– Inspector Derek Flint, the Senior Investigating Officer, Isle of Man Constabulary
Map of the area. Credit: Axis

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Racer Stephen McIlvenna killed at Manx Grand Prix

Stephen McIlvenna

The Manx Motor Cycle Club has announced the death of Stephen McIlvenna, who was killed during yesterday's qualifying session at the 2014 Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.

The 39-year-old rider, from Co Antrim, died after an incident at the Mountain Mile.

Mountain Mile Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The Manx Motor Cycle Club said:

"McIlvenna was an experienced racer who first competed in the Manx Grand Prix in 2005."

"The Manx Motor Cycle Club wish to pass on their deepest sympathy to Stephen's family and friends".

– The Manx Motor Cycle Club

An investigation into the accident is now underway.

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