Positive response for Bourne neighbourhood plan

Bourne Town Hall.

Bourne Town Hall.

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More than 40 people from Bourne attended a meeting this week to share their views on forming a neighbourhood plan for the Parish of Bourne.

Bourne Town Council held the meeting on Tuesday for local residents to express their interest in creating a neighbourhood plan and to discuss the changes they wanted to see made in Bourne.

The neighbourhood plan which 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, received a ‘fantastic’ response from the people of Bourne.

Deputy town clerk, Ian Sismey said: “It was a brilliant turnout, it couldn’t have gone better and everyone was interested in getting involved.”

Before the meeting only a small group of people had come forward to express an interest in creating the plan, which would eventually be used by South Kesteven District Council to guide planning decisions.

Following the results of a survey published by the town council asking people what they wanted for Bourne in October, only 25 people were interested in taking the plan forward.

These people were invited to the meeting but much to the ‘surprise’ of the council nearly double the amount of people turned up on the day to share their views.

Bourne town clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “It was a very good meeting, everyone was in favour of the new plan. They shared their views on what’s good about the town and what can be improved - it was all very positive.”

There was a number of issues discussed by the residents including, a bypass for Bourne, improved youth facilities, preservation of areas like Bourne Wood, improved Town Centre facilities, community safety and the need for a more “inclusive community”.

Councillors Roy Mckinney and David Mapp were on hand at the meeting to present the initial ideas for the neighbourhood plan. Coun Mapp said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the response. This plan needs community involvement for it to work.”

A further meeting is now being organised for March. The council is also in the process of setting up an online forum. If you are interested in getting involved please e-mail enquiries.bournetc@btconnect.com.