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New 'welcome hub' planned for Laxey Wheel

Manx National Heritage wants to demolish current kiosk

Planning permission is being sought to demolish – and rebuild – the visitor entrance at the Laxey Wheel.

Manx National Heritage wants to replace the kiosk, which was introduced in 1986, with a single storey ‘welcome hub’.

The current facility – which has not changed significantly for more than 30 years – does not meet modern standards and MNH says it fails to provide a ‘customer focussed interface’.

This provides a ‘poor visitor welcome’ with no opportunity for shelter and limited retail opportunities which would support income generation.

If plans are approved the kiosk and turnstile equipment would be demolished and the nearby retaining wall would be re-profiled to create space for the new building.

It would be split into two with an area providing welfare and administration space and an area for visitors to speak to staff, browse merchandise or shelter from the weather.

The application is currently pending consideration – you can find the plans HERE.

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