Following the announcement that the Isle of Wight Council has been successful in securing £250,000 through the government’s One Public Estate (OPE) programme to be used to develop a range of key projects to generate income for public services and new homes and jobs for the Island, Nicola Longson, Programme Director for My Life a Full Life said: “This is welcome news indeed and will enable us to significantly move forward with the development of our three locality hubs – part of our My Life a Full Life new model of care which will see a shift to more support for local residents being provided at a community level. The three hubs will enable health and care professionals to work much more closely together, providing a range of integrated services from a central base, right at the heart of the local community.”
The announcement follows an earlier award of £50,000 to develop an Isle of Wight OPE delivery plan, led by the council with partners including the NHS Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Homes and Communities Agency, police and fire and rescue service.
The latest bid included projects for locality hubs at Pyle Street, Newport and the Heights, Sandown (linked to the My Life a Full Life programme), joint “blue light” services (co-location of fire, police and ambulance services) and development of the former Camp Hill Prison as part of a wider regeneration of parts of St Mary’s Hospital and the Horsebridge Hill area. The sites involved are mainly in the ownership of the partner organisations.
The council is awaiting full details of the allocated funds but has been informed that £65,000 will be available in 2017/18 with a further £185,000 in 2018/19.
The funding - to help maximise benefits from public land - complements the renewed focus towards attracting wider private sector investment and growing jobs that the council is developing with partners in the coming months.
The full Council press release can be found at https://www.iwight.com/news/Island-secures-key-funding-for-projects.