Plans for Peel’s Market Place and Michael Street have gone on display in the town hall in Derby Road – and residents are being invited to give their opinions.
Regeneration representatives will be available between midday and 7pm tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the scheme.
The initial proposal aims to make the area more pedestrian-friendly and provide better car parking.
Plans include a new road surface, more parking spaces, replacement seats, a public art display and new street lights.
Peel Commissioners’ chairman Ray Harmer said: ‘It’s exciting to see the plans for the regeneration scheme come together. It is expected works on the pilot scheme in Derby Road will be able to start in autumn, subject to funding approval.
‘This will ultimately dovetail with the Cathedral scheme. The plans for Market Square and Michael Street, to Orry Lane, are on display in the town hall.
‘The Market Place scheme will build and enhance what is there historically as well as combine with the regeneration project which has already taken place at the Manx Wildlife Trust.
‘It will create public spaces for events and opens up the whole area. The proposed lighting for the square is impressive.
‘Subject to planning, detailed design and funding approval, it is hoped the work can start in the first half of 2015.
‘We don’t yet have detailed costs but the overall value of the Peel Regeneration Scheme is in the region of £1.5m.
‘Ultimately it is hoped that the Market Place and Derby Road schemes will connect together, subject to funding.’
Regeneration project manager Steven Stanley said: ‘While a decision on the revised planning application was awaited, the committee decided to explore initial plans for the Market Place and now has a conceptual scheme to share with the public.
‘Feedback will be key in establishing the best layout for this important space and the committee is keen to make the most of the setting provided by St Peter’s Church and the attractive buildings which front on to the square.
‘A vital element will be how the space is designed to accommodate pedestrians and vehicles to ensure that both co-exist in a safe, attractive and convenient way.’
Peel MHK Tim Crookall, chairman of the Peel Regeneration Committee, said: ‘It has taken longer than we had hoped to get the first phase of Peel’s regeneration programme under way.
‘However, we now have planning permission for the scheme and can take the project forward.
‘Shop keepers and business owners have continued to improve the exterior of their properties with the help of regeneration funding and we hope that more will follow to make the most of the retail area.