A scheme to breathe new life into Jurby will include a ’container cluster’ according to the Department of Infrastructure.

The programme will see £1.8m spent in the village aimed at improving the infrastructure at the former airfield and creating a new community hub space.

The three-year scheme was approved as part of the 2019 Budget following discussions with residents and the local authority.

Work is due to start later this year on improving Jurby Business Park through landscaping and tree-planting, and the installation of improved signage and improving the lighting infrastructure.

A planning application is due to be submitted soon to construct four industrial units. The design will allow for further expansion of the site if required in the future.

The focus of the second phase of the project, which has a budget of about £1.05m, will move to the north of Ballameanagh Road, on land between Jurby Medical Centre and the Bretney estate.

This will see a link forged between the Bretney estate and parish hall with the school, shop and medical centre through the creation of footpaths, traditional hedging, tree-planting and open green space.

Included in the design is a central picnic area, allotments and recreational space.

Innovate community-led proposals include the erection of what the DoI has called a ’container cluster’.

This would see former shipping containers being modified by adding insulation and electricity to be able to be used for community activities.

The DoI statement announcing the plans said: ’These would be ideal for individuals or organisations to use of them for crafts and clubs, or for artists and enthusiasts to have space to work in a supportive environment.’

Nearby, four Polycrub tunnels made from recycled materials would allow residents to grow their own vegetables.

Julie Edge, member of the Department of Infrastructure, said: ’The project so far has been a great example of government working with the local community to come up with a project with huge potential benefits.

’Planning approval pending, the next step will see improvements to the commercial zone to help diversity among businesses in the area.

’And while that takes place, plans for the second phase will continue to be developed and refined in order to create something really special and community-focussed for the people of Jurby.’

A display of the plans will be available to view and discuss at road show events being held at Jurby Medical Centre next month on Monday April 1 at 2pm to 4pm, Thursday April 4 at 11am to 4pm and Saturday April 6 at 11am to 1pm.

The events will be combined with a chance for residents to talk to officers from Bus Vannin about the introduction of the on-demand ConnectVillages minibus services.