With residents, councillors and other interested parties meeting together in the grandeur of the Town Council Chamber, the Whitchurch Town Plan got off to an encouraging start.

Following introductions by local resident Tim Bilson the Chairman of the preliminary planning group, Carole Ruse from Basingstoke & Deane provided a summary of the importance that such community-created Plans can have for future development.

It was then time for some work from those present…
Everyone’s views count…
Liz Dermody had created a structure for the evening that would lead towards the detailed planning required in the future. Those at the meeting were split into groups to look at the best ways to address the Communications and Consultation aspects which will make the Plan representative of all local views. Aspects ranged from Focus Groups and Public Workshops to Questionnaires and Online Surveys. The use of websites, social networking, newsletters, and adverts, were amongst the many marketing channels to be considered. A draft list of all town contacts was also checked through so that as many as possible could be involved.

An all encompassing Plan…
The groups then went on to look at four main topic areas: Social & Community, Business & Economy, Transport & Access, and Environment. How views and opinions can be obtained in each area were examined, in order to ensure that the Plan is all encompassing.
There was much enthusiasm generated with discussion leading off into many different topics before the results were taken away for collation.

Essential administration…
Tim then ran through the current Steering Group members and called for any further volunteers to get in touch. This was followed by the presentation of the Constitution. Those present approved its adoption and it will now act as a basis for the Steering Group to proceed.

Following the meeting, Chairman Tim Bilson said:

“It was great to hear the buzz of conversation as everyone shared their ideas in the various groups”, adding that “the process of preparing the Whitchurch Plan has really begun!”

Many thanks were expressed to all those who attended and for their input, and to the Town Council for the use of the premises.

Further meetings will be announced here and in other media outlets when confirmed.

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