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Residents have a say on town plan

DOZENS of people had their say on issues they face in Bingham at the launch of a plan that could shape the future of the town.

People were invited to comment on how they would like to see Bingham develop, and the issues they face in the town, at the Bingham Community-Led Plan stall at the town’s Christmas fair on Friday.

A total of 72 people wrote down their three main issues and pinned them to a noticeboard. The plan seeks to shape the future of the social, economic and environmental well-being of the town through consultation with its residents and businesses.

A working group is drawing up a blueprint and, as part of that, is aiming to produce a questionnaire that will be delivered to homes across Bingham next year.

It is working in partnership with Bingham Town Council and Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire to produce the plan.

It could lead to the development of a neighbourhood plan, which would influence the development of homes and offices in the community and would have to be considered by planning officers when planning applications were submitted.

“This was the first stage in the consultation process,” said Community-Led Plan chairman Mr Peter Allen. “The process of gathering people’s concerns is important to us because it will enable us to refine a list of issues and prioritise issues on people’s minds.”

Mr Allen said it was important to consult with people about their concerns because some of those raised were not common issues. “One group was keen on a skateboard facility, which is something we were not thinking of,” he said. “The other thing that people were concerned about was the development and use of green space left in Bingham. “We need to go through a process of ensuring all the suggestions are heard and we’ll have that as a starting point for the consultations at the end of January.”

The public consultations will be held at Bingham Methodist Church on January 28 from 2.30pm to 8pm, January 29 from 10am to 1pm and January 31 from 9am to 1pm.

“The information we got from Friday’s event and get at the end of January will give us a pretty good basis for defining the questionnaire that can be delivered,” said Mr Allen.

Anyone who wants to know more about the community-led plan can visit the group’s newly-launched website at www.binghamcommunityledplan.org.uk.

Article Provided by David Parker of the Newark Advertiser d.parker@newarkadvertiser.co.uk