Your chance to shape the future of Bourne
The people of Bourne have been urged to help form a neighbourhood plan document to guide development in the town.
Bourne Town Council will hold a meeting with people who have expressed an interest in creating a plan at Wake House at 7pm on Tuesday, February 10.
So far only a small group of people have come forward to say they would be willing to help create the plan, which would eventually be used by South Kesteven District Council to guide planning decisions.
But town clerk Nelly Jacobs has warned people that without their support, the plan will not happen.
She said: “The plan is about the only thing that gives the local community the power to decide what they want to see happening in the parish in the future.
“It does take commitment and hard work from a lot of local residents. It’s not something the council can drive forward.
“If the community doesn’t come forward, it is never going to happen.”
Mrs Jacobs encouraged anyone with an interest in the future of Bourne to come to the meeting on February 10.
The town council released the results of a survey asking people what they wanted for Bourne in October.
Although only 1.3 per cent of the town’s approximately 19,000 population responded to the survey, it will still be used to influence early talks on the neighbourhood plan..
The survey revealed Bourne residents want more shops and a wider range of stores. They also want more job opportunities, play areas for children and suitable facilities for youth.
A group of town councillors and residents in Uppingham successfully put together a neighbourhood plan last year. The plan was unsuccessfully challenged in the High Court by Bourne developer Larkfleet Homes.
The plan has since been adopted by Rutland County Council.