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Village is to ponder its future
3:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
A GROUP of Welland residents, with the backing of the parish council, are looking into the viability of producing a neighbourhood plan for the village.
The group is holding three open events next week to allow local residents to have their say. The meetings, at St James’s Church, Welland, are on Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, Thursday from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new powers for people to make neighbourhood plans, aimed at giving communities more control over the planning process.
Group chairman Andrea Calversbert said: “It is vitally important that as many residents attend these events as possible. It is only with their feedback that we can get an idea of what people want the future to look like “It’s not just about housing development but, jobs, recreation and other services vital to the wellbeing of a community.
“Who knows, some radical and innovative ideas might come out. We have tried to arrange the times of events to allow as many people to attend as possible and we want to hear from everyone, from six up to 106.”
Members of the group will be on hand to explain what a neighbourhood plan entails and residents will also be invited to complete a short questionnaire asking what their likes and dislikes of the area are and what they would like to see in the future.
“Once we have spoken to residents and analysed the responses, we plan to make a decision whether to proceed with a plan or not in December,” said Mrs Calversbert.
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