Traders and residents are being offered the chance to have their say on how £500,000 should be spent in their community.
Oakham Town Partnership wants businesses and people to help shape developments in the area by giving their views on how money from major developments should be spent on regenerating the town.
The funds are set to become available in phases through a section 106 agreement, a legal planning obligation that requires new developments to offer financial contributions to be spent on the area they are building in.
Money is set to come through building projects such as the 1,100-home Hawksmead site in Barleythorpe, Sainsbury’s plans to open a store on the former Rutland County College site, Tesco’s proposal to extend its shop in South Street, and the opening of the new JD Wetherspoon pub, The Captain Noel Newton, which is due to open on November 12.
Oakham Town Partnership is in the process of liaising with Rutland County Council, which will receive the money, on where and how it should be spent.
The partnership now wants to hear from the community on how the town should be developed.
Alf Dewis, chairman of the partnership and an Oakham town councillor, said: “This is a large amount of money and has the potential to have a big impact on the town.
“This is a great opportunity for traders and the public to have their say on the future of Oakham.
“There are many ways in which it could be spent. I’ve had people say they would like improvements at bus stops and there are already talks about a one-way system and pedestrianisation of High Street.
“It’s down to the county council but we are in talks with them and we want to know what people are thinking so we can reflect the views of the community.”
People can have their say by e-mailing the partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The partnership is also calling for new members to join its team, which due to people leaving, will soon drop from 14 to 12.
Alf said: “These are exciting times for the town and people can further have their say by joining us in helping influence the future.”
Oakham Town Partnership will be holding its annual general meeting on Thursday next week at 6.30pm, in the Victoria Hall in High Street, Oakham. Those interested in joining the group can attend the meeting.
For more information, visit www.oakhamtownpartnership.co.uk.