The Isle of Wight Council and its partners are responsible for developing and implementing a range of Island-wide Strategies, which have implications for Ventnor. This page identifies some of those. Clicking on the covers will open up the document for reading, saving to your own machine or printing. They are sometimes large, so best to look before you print!
EcoIsland sets out the Isle of Wight Council’s vision that our communities will be proud of their surroundings, will work hard to protect them and, as a result, will be able to enjoy a better quality of life (page 4)
That is underpinned by values listed as strong sense of community involvement, passion and enthusiasm for its development, desire and willingness to improve what we do and what we have, commitment to get things done, a positive, outward looking approach and respect for others and their contribution. (page 7)
It is absolutely clear that: The Island needs strong and economically and socially active communities with local services and facilities that will enable sustainable towns and villages. Local planning policies will have an important role in creating strong, local communities where local residents have a say in their development. (page 12)
Shoreline Management Plan
The second version of the Isle of Wight Council’s Shoreline Management Plan was published on 10 December 2010, replacing the initial one of 1997 with proposals for the management of the Island’s critical coast for the next 100 years.
It’s a very substantial document of nearly 400 pages with additional supporting papers. Clicking on the document will open up access to the whole of it.
Clearly it is of particular significance to Ventnor. The section of the strategy that sets out the Isle of Wight Council’s plans for its management is just 38 pages and that can be read or downloaded by clicking this link
State of Rural Wight 2008
The State of Rural Wight 2008 is a major study of the issues faced by the Island’s rural communities. Eleven of them rank in the 5% most deprived among the country’s rural areas on five of the usual measures of deprivation included in the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) identified in: Bembridge, Brading, Chale, Colwell, Freshwater, Niton, Seaview, Totland, Ventnor, Wooton and Yarmouth.
Only two, Brading and Ventnor, are ranked in the most deprived 5% on all five measures of: % with limiting long-term illness (page 23), % claiming Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance (page 25), % of lone parent households (page 34), % of Job Seekers Allowance (page 42) and % of adults with no qualifications (page 44 of The State of Rural Wight 2008)).
Deprivation affecting children is one of several deprivation measures on which Rural Wight experiences rates more than double those in the Rural South East and Rural England with respective rates of children affected by income deprivation of 19% in Rural Wight, 8.2% in Rural South East and 10.5% in Rural England (State of Rural Wight 2008, page 34).