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The Island is playing host to a team of national experts, here to advise the Isle of Wight Council on the regeneration of Ryde, Newport and East Cowes.

The Historic Places Panel, assembled by Historic England, is meeting Councillors and Islanders to discuss regeneration opportunities that could help to restore and build on the Island’s unique historic character.

Emily Gee, Regional Director for Historic England in the South East, said:

“We are delighted to be on the Isle of Wight. We want to help the island harness its wonderful heritage, and thrive as a place where people enjoy living and doing business. A town’s heritage can be such a positive force for the local economy and communities.”

Peter Studdert, Chair of the Historic Places Panel, said:

“We are really interested to hear what the Island’s communities are doing with their towns. We’re looking forward to contributing our thoughts and ideas to make the best use of the heritage within Ryde, East Cowes and Newport.”

A report will be published towards the end of June.