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Natural Enterprise has received funding from Costal Revival Fund to carry out a feasibility report on Appley Tower, one of the Island’s most iconic buildings.

  • The objectives of the review are to:

    • Determine the cost to bring the Tower into a good state of repair, carry out improvements and to establish the future annual maintenance costs
  • Explore income generating activities that:

    • Create a unique destination along Appley Beach
    • Protect community access to the Tower
    • Respect the architectural heritage and are mindful of the visual impact of any changes
    • Are achievable within the physical constraints of the Tower and its curtilage
    • Respect the Appley Beach environment
    • Support local regeneration goals
    • Provide sufficient income to keep the Tower in a good state of repair
  • Provide an evidence base to secure future funding.

After an initial round of public consultations a range of options have been considered and a draft feasibility report has now been released.

To allow people to comment on the report Appley Tower will be open on Friday 20th September between 4.00 and 6.30pm and Sunday 22nd September between 10.00 and 12.00pm. Alternatively, copies of the report can be obtained by contacting Natural Enterprise.

Graham Biss, Managing Director, Natural Enterprise commented: the purpose of the work undertaken was to find out the true cost to bring the Tower into a good state of repair and to explore how it could be made more available to the community in a sustainable way. Building on the feedback received from the initial public consultations we are now keen to receive feedback on the draft proposal before the final report is completed.

Michael Lilley, Councillor for Ryde East who initiated the work commented: it is vital that Appley Tower remains in community ownership and therefore this is an important time for the Tower. The Tower is a valued community asset and therefore I would encourage everyone to support the project being undertaken. The next challenge will be to raise the funds to carry out the work.

The second Appley Tower consultation period ends on 7th October 2019.

The Appley Tower Feasibility Study was funded by the Coastal Revival Fund.

Coastal Revival Fund

The Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and this government is determined to see it thrive all year round.

Across our Great British Coast we have outstanding heritage assets that we can be proud of but some of these assets need to find new uses for the 21st century. MHCLG has invested £3.7 million through the Coastal Revival Fund to support 92 projects that will bring these assets back into economic use and help the regeneration of our coastal towns”