Residents from across the Parish of Bourne are being encouraged to attend the latest neighbourhood plan meeting for the chance to shape the town’s future.
The meeting which will take place on Wednesday at 7pm, at The Centre at Elsea Park, Bourne, will be held to discuss formalising a committee who will help to steer the neighbourhood plan forward.
People of the community have got to take the lead now and this is their chance to have the ability to help form plans for the future.Ian Sismey
The theme of the meeting will be ‘What makes the Parish of Bourne special?’ and will allow members of the community to have their final say of what they want for the future of Bourne.
Deputy town clerk at Bourne Town Council, Ian Sismey said: “This is their plan, their future. People of the community have got to take the lead now and this is their chance to have the ability to help form plans for the future.”
The previous meeting held last month received a great turnout with over 40 people attending to express their interest in creating a neighbourhood plan.
In the long term the neighbourhood plan will allow the community to set out its vision for Bourne and will be used to shape and manage most aspects affecting the local community, including aspects such as employment, town facilities, shopping and community safety.
The council have already had a number of people come forward since the last meeting, who are interested in taking part. The Bourne Business Chamber and the Bourne Preservation Society have also expressed an interest in the neighbourhood plan.
Ian said: “It’s gaining momentum, we just need to formalise the plans. We are happy to see anyone who wants to come along and get involved.”
Coun Roy Mckinney, who will attend next week’s meeting said: “The idea is to build on the first meeting we had and to help move things forward. It’s an opportunity for people to have their say about what Bourne should or could look like in the future.
“The more people that get involved the better it will be. We need as much input from as many people as possible.”
Coun David Mapp, will also be on hand at the meeting, he said: “We’ll be delighted to see as many people from the original meeting turn up, along with any new members that want to benefit the town.”
If you have any enquiries please contact Bourne Town Council on 01778 426123.