Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan catches the interest: more than 150 attend Open Day at the Town Hall
A steady stream of interested residents made the Town Hall a busy place on Saturday (18 June) when the Steering Group for the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan held an Open Day, where people could come and learn about the plan, what it means for them and where they live, and how they could become involved through providing input.
Town Cryer Mike Tupman MBE did his best to deafen shoppers in the High Street by formally announcing from the Town Hall steps that the event was open and encouraging people to call in and let the Steering Group have their ideas.
Overall more than 150 people responded to Mike's 'Shout' and trooped through the Town Hall doors to give their opinions, all of which were recorded on a sheet ranking their priorities in the town as well feeding in other views about Marlborough, Mildenhall, Preshute and Savernake. This included feedback on housing, transport, the environment and employment. The results will all be analysed and used in evidence gathering towards producing the Plan itself.
Consultation will continue with plans to engage with the parishes, young people, older people in care homes and more. One of the next steps will be a Housing Needs Assessment
There were lots of entries into the Marlborough Quiz and the winner will be contacted in the next few days. The prize is lunch for two at The Marlborough, as generously donated by the management at 'The Marlborough'.
Once the Plan is drawn together, planned for mid-2017, its adoption will be subject to a local referendum giving local people a chance to vote on whether the Plan and its policies should be taken forward. If the vote is a 'yes' then the Plan will be key document which will sit alongside the Wiltshire Core Strategy to help to influence decisions on future planning applications
MantonFest next Saturday, another chance to let us have feedback. We’ll be taking a targeted approach too as well taking the information to certain groups as well as hoping that people will let us know what they think by logging on to our website.”Chair of MANP Steering `group, Cllr Mervyn Hall, said: “We are delighted with the number of people who took time out of their busy weekend and came along today. Lots were engaged with the process and let us have their views, all evidence towards identifying the scope of the Plan – the key issues for local people. Steering Group members were on hand to let people know what the Plan can and cannot deliver. Our roadshow will be moving to
Information and further feedback opportunities are at the website at www.manp.co.uk