Invest in Eye is a programme to bring forward facilities and infrastructure to meet the needs of Eye as it grows over the next few years. The programme is supported by a Board of key town representatives from the public and private sector and is facilitated by the District and Town Councils. It is supported by the Town, District and County Councils.
The programme is based on the improvements that local people identified would be required to support the growth of the Town during consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan. Further consultation will be undertaken in the Autumn. It is still being developed but some examples of the projects already in it are:
The Virtual High Street – A platform for businesses in the town to become more resilient, develop their digital offer to wider audiences, and encouraging footfall. The platform has been developed with Innovation Labs in Stowmarket and is rolling out across the district, building on the shop local campaign, and rejuvenating the high streets.
Cross Street – In June, Mid Suffolk District Council announced their plans to support new businesses in and around Eye by transforming the derelict building on the corner of Cross Street into usable office space.
Planning permission to renovate the building has now been submitted with plans including the creation of office space for Eye Town Council and a flexible working space for local start-ups and small businesses.
The project will cost £330,000, with £195,000 coming from Mid Suffolk District Council, £90,000 of Government energy efficiency funding through Salix and £45,000 from the Suffolk Growth Partnership.
New cycleway and footpath – one of the key infrastructure improvements proposed in the Eye Neighbourhood Plan is a new cycleway/footpath joining the Town Centre to the new residential areas and the business area north of Castleton Way. This is essential to provide people with the opportunity to walk and cycle as an alternative to more car journeys reducing pressure on roads and car parks in the Town centre.
Replacing the Moors Children Play area – the Playing Fields Association is replacing the outdated play area, which has now been removed, and a lot of funding has already been raised to pay for a new and better play area. The programme is working to bridge the current £30,000 funding gap.
A new leisure and recreation centre – is proposed as part of changes to the High School to accommodate additional pupils. It will be available for public use. The programme will support the High School in achieving the funding needed for this project.
Replacing the street-light bulbs with LEDs – these will reduce the cost of running Eye’s street-lights and reduce their carbon footprint. There are 80 lights that need new LED bulbs.
For information please contact the programme managers:
Tabitha Runacres – Tabitha.Runacres@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk
Andy Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org