'Get involved with planning for our future'
THREE councils in the Wadebridge area have come together for the first time to help draw up a Neighbourhood Plan that they hope will define how it develops in the future.
Town and parish councils are expected to have a real say in planning issues under the Government's Localism Act, and the plan is seen as the blueprint for what local people want to see happening in the Wadebridge area.
The next step is to consult results for their input and questionnaires will be sent to every household soon.
A working group for the Neighbourhood plan consists of Stephen Frankel and Simon Malloni from St Breock Parish Council, Peter Collis and JeremyVarcoe from Egloshayle Parish Council, and Tony Rush and Stephen Knightley from Wadebridge Town Council.
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Chairman Stephen Knightley said community involvement is crucial and members of the public will be asked for their views, with open days arranged for October 12 and 13 in Wadebridge Town Hall, where councillors from all three parishes will explain and assist with queries, and an open meeting will follow the two days of consultations.
Mr Knightley said: "The working group has been holding a series of meetings with bodies such as the chamber of commerce, health care, transport experts, recreation bodies, housing authorities and many more in an attempt to gain opinions as to where the town and the surrounding areas wish to be in 15 to 20 years from now.
"Also, there will be two separate questionnaires sent out to local businesses and school pupils to be as inclusive as possible.
"It's important that we embrace this document as it will empower us in deciding how the future of our town and surrounding areas will develop. This is an opportunity that we should welcome. Please attend the relevant meetings and return the questionnaires as they represent a real chance to be involved in the decision-making,'' said Mr Knightley.
If any residents feel they have a skill or opinion that may be of benefit, they can contact Wadebridge town clerk on 01208 817080.