Committee formed for neighbourhood plan

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A committee has now been formed to take forward the neighbourhood plan for Bourne, following a successful turnout at the latest meeting held this week.

Over 40 residents attended the meeting held at The Centre at Elsea Park on Wednesday evening, forming a 15 strong committee who will now take the next steps in forming the Bourne Neighbourhood Plan.

Amongst the committee are experienced town and commercial planners, town councillors, members of the Bourne Business Chamber and members representing Bourne’s heritage.

Spearheaded by Bourne Town Council, a resolution was passed at its finance meeting held on Tuesday to back the initiative and to provide all possible support.

To help form the committee the neighbourhood plan was split into five key sections, which are housing, leisure and youth, natural and built environment, transport and business and employment.

At least two or three representatives were selected from each section, forming a group of 15 people that will go on to form the final committee.

Bourne town clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “The meeting went very well, everyone was enthusiastic. We had attendance from those who has been to the meetings before, but also saw a few new faces at the meeting.

“The project is definitely moving forward now and the council backs it all the way.”

Coun Roy McKinney was on hand at the meeting. He said: “The meeting was well supported which was really encouraging to see and we achieved the main objective of forming a committee, which was needed to take the next step. A number of people of all ages and experience now make up the new committee.”

Coun David Mapp was also at the meeting. He said: “It was a great success. There has been great enthusiasm for this plan, we are really pleased with the response.”

A further meeting has now been arranged for April 15 in the function room at the Angel Hotel in Bourne.

All members of the public are still welcome to attend all future meetings, of which the next meeting will be held to discuss set roles within the committee and the appointment of a chairman.

If you would like any further information regarding the neighbourhood plan please contact Bourne Town Council on 01778 426123.