We are very pleased to
have Cllr Mike Allen, the former chair of the Local Plan Panel, and Matt
Dickins, chief planning officer at Knowle address the Forum – highlighting
both their own contribution to the sustainability threads of the Local Plan and
the ‘bigger picture’ of how the notion of sustainable development informs the
District Council’s longer-term planning.
The Forum will offer
members of the public the opportunity to engage with Councillors and Officers
on this issue at the heart of local government – as we all want to ensure a
positive and sustainable future for the Valley and beyond.
Also in attendance will
be Paul Hawkins, the new area manager for the cycling body Sustrans, who will
be able to update the meeting about feasibility studies for the Feniton to
Sidmouth cycle track – a good example of sustainable development on the ground.
And there will also be
representatives from East Devon’s Transition Towns present: these groups are local,
voluntary bodies looking to establish projects which show sustainable
development in action.
The Vision Group in fact
also works under the name of ‘Sustainable Sidmouth’ – with its monthly
Community Market, its very active energy group SVEAG and its involvement in
other grass-roots projects.
So do come along. This
is an open meeting – open to all and open to all questions.
It will be held upstairs
at the Anchor Inn on Fore St in Sidmouth – on Tuesday 24th September, starting
3.15pm and finishing about 5.15pm with a break for tea.