Public can have their say on plans for a community hub in Uppingham

Residents in Uppingham have the chance to give their views on how and where a potential community hub in their town will be run.

A study has been carried out by community development network Locality looking at the ways in which a community hub could operate in Uppingham.

People now have an opportunity to have their say on the matter at a public workshop on Saturday, March 16.

The event will discuss where the centre could be, looking at existing buildings such as the library or Uppingham Town Hall, or building on Tods Piece, as well as looking at ways it could used and how it would be funded.

The plans for a community hub are part of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan. When the plan is completed it will set out the views of the community on establishing planning policies for development and use of land, locations where new homes, shops and offices should be built and the appearance and design of any new buildings.

It is being drawn up by the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan Task Group, on behalf of Uppingham Town Council.

Uppingham town councillor Ron Simpson, who is lead officer for the task group, said no plans have been revealed as to what services would run from the community hub but he believes that it could hold a citizens advice bureau, youth centre and host other community groups.

He said: “It’s going to be good to share the results of the study with residents to generate a bit of audience feedback.

“It will be interesting to see what ideas people have for community hub and where they think it should be.

“I think Uppingham needs some form of meeting place. We don’t have a youth centre or community group and the idea of the community hub could be to bring a number of services together for Uppingham residents, young and old.”

The first draft of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan is being completed. Councillors voted to have a draft copy of the document ready for consideration by the town council by April 
30.

The event on Saturday, March 16, runs from 10am to 1pm.