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Douglas regeneration: Castle Street to get £1.4m makeover

Castle Street
Image caption The Department of Infrastructure said disruption to businesses will be kept "to a minimum"

Plans for a £1.4m regeneration of one of the Isle of Man's main shopping areas have been revealed.

The 10-month scheme on Castle Street in Douglas will see 40-year-old paving updated and new lighting and furniture.

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer said the improvements were aimed at supporting the Manx economy by creating a more "vibrant retail environment".

Access will be maintained to all businesses throughout the project, which will begin on 8 January.

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Image caption A new cultural area is planned near the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre

A Department of Infrastructure spokesman said disruption to businesses and the public during the work, which is part of a Lower Douglas Regeneration Scheme, will be kept to a minimum.

Mr Harmer said the work will provide a "seamless connection" between Strand Street and a new "cultural area" planned for Douglas Promenade.

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