PLANNING consent has been given for the first stage of the Douglas promenades revamp scheme.
This first phase involves reconstructing the Promenade/Victoria Street junction, the Broadway-bound carriageway and the footway on the landward side of Loch Promenade between Peveril Square and the Royal Bank of Scotland building.
If Treasury and Tynwald approval is secured, this work will begin after Manx Grand Prix.
Detailed proposals for the scheme were drawn up following an initial consultation in 2011.
There was a further public consultation on the more detailed proposals between October 2 and November 9 last year during which 146 responses were submitted.
More than 67 per cent of respondents supported the Department of Infrastructure’s approach to designing the Douglas Promenades project.
This includes keeping the existing sea wall, no alterations to the Sunken Gardens and Queen’s Gardens, relocation of chevron parking from the seaward side to the town centre side of the Promenades, relocation of the two existing taxi rank bays from Tower House and Villa Marina Colonnade to the Loch Promenade adjacent to Regent Street and outside the Gaiety Theatre respectively, removal of the existing dedicated cycleway lane and the construction of a single track tramway with passing places.
Minister for Infrastructure David Cretney MHK said: ‘I am pleased that the public continue to support this important project and have confirmed they are satisfied with the outline design proposals which are being developed by the Department of Infrastructure.’
How we reported the story in August 2012: £10m prom revamp?