Market Square Statement

PRESS RELEASE

Castletown Commissioners have been working in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure Highways Division (DOI) on a long term parking and traffic management strategy for the town. The aim is to optimise the use of the off and on street parking spaces throughout the year for the economic and cultural benefit of the town.
Full details of the proposed order are available in the Town Hall and on the Commissioners website www.castletown.gov.im and all comments should be directed to the Town Clerk and will be positively welcomed.
The board made the decision to close the whole Square to parking from April to September, however, they have listened to the representations made from traders and the public, and it has now been agreed that a flexible approach to the use of the Square would better balance the interests of all its users. From 12 noon Tuesday April 23 parking will be permitted on the George side in the marked up spaces including the 2 disability spaces. This will not be a permanent arrangement and the Market Square will be fully closed to traffic for events as normal.
The Commissioners are committed to making the newly created public space on the Castle side a safe, welcoming area and have invested in new seating, outdoor play equipment and an astroturfed family-friendly area which will include deckchairs and outdoor games. A culture corner will be created which will permit entertainers to showcase their talent using the town’s new outdoor sound system. The board is in talks with Manx National Heritage to optimise the usage of the Castle Rushen Speakers Garden open space.
The Commissioners accept that their vision for the future of the town could have been communicated better, but hope that when people see what can be done with a public open space whilst remaining sympathetic to the town’s traders, the whole of Castletown will embrace it.