Friday, 30 June 2017

Neighbourhood Plan > deadline to complete survey today > Friday 30th June

Today is the last chance to fill in the form:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan > 'Last chance to have your say!'

The survey can be completed on-line:
Click the link below to complete the survey… – Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan

Meanwhile, here's the press release from the NP steering group:

Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan

The final household questionnaire closes this week, bringing to an end over 15 months of research into the hopes and aspirations, attitudes and concerns of the Sid Valley community.

Chair Deirdre Hounsom reflects on what the Steering Group have learned from analysis of the data so far, and how it will be reflected in the Draft Plan which the team hope to publish at the end of October – a key milestone on the way to the Referendum

“It was clear from our very first survey that for most people, living in the Sid Valley represents a life choice, and there is widespread appreciation of the uniqueness of our towns and surrounding area, the beauty of the natural environment and coastline, our heritage and architecture, peaceful way of life and our local shops. All of this is brought together in a strong sense of community, touching every aspect of our social and economic life. We’ve received important messages about concerns that residents share – problems with traffic and congestion, unease about local planning decisions, a perceived lack of affordable housing for local people and a population that is not balanced in terms of age and diversity.

Whilst people may weigh issues differently according to how important they are to them personally, the responses show the care, concerns and foresight people have in thinking about what will make the Sid Valley a vibrant destination to live, work and play.

Our task is to prepare a Plan which will support the whole community to achieve and maintain the full potential, delivering the framework for a positive future where our heritage and values are preserved, whilst being responsive to new and changing times. The core aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan deal with how we want to best use our land resources not just for housing and amenities, but to maintain and develop a healthy economy for the future, with the Eastern Town regeneration around Port Royal featuring prominently.

We’ve learned however that people have ideas and concerns which are not to do with land, for example community issues such as health care, education, social care and welfare, and ideas on a range of matters from economic issues such as tourism to cultural, sporting and leisure activities. Already we’ve seen the Council Tourism Committee join forces with festival organisers to discuss further strengthening our rapidly growing portfolio of specialty events, and it is hoped that the many ideas which collectively we term ‘Community Actions’ will provide an evidence base to support progress and innovation on the many ideas which have been raised. We very much hope that our 15 months of carefully planned consultations will continue to serve the community well across the full spectrum of our key themes.”

The survey officially closes on Friday June 30th, but the collection boxes at the drop off points will not be collected until Monday 3rd July.

The Steering Group particularly would like to have more responses from people of working age to ensure a balance of views across all residents. The survey may still be completed online on the Neighbourhood Plan website: 



For further information contact Deirdre Hounsom, Chair, Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan at d.hounsom@hotmail.com or by phone: 07970 814568

Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan – Shaping our Future Together.

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