On Saturday 23rd of March WeAreResidents.org held a public consultation event in the Saffron Walden Town Hall to gauge local residents’ appetite for the creation of a Town Plan for Saffron Walden.
Information was organised into topic zones with more than 60 display boards
A Town Plan, which fits within the district Local Plan framework, describes a vision for a town and legally establishes planning policies for the development and use of land. It also provides the mechanism for a greater portion of financial benefits derived from developers to be given directly to the community.
Attendees left more than 500 comments in jars, on post-it walls and via ipad surveys
Dan Starr, chair of WeAreResidents.org, said “The response was outstanding, with more than 600 local residents and representatives from the media, clubs, churches and the various councils attending the event – at times you couldn’t move in the Town Hall. Thank you to all that attended and we are really grateful for the more than 500 contributions and suggestions received.”
The exhibition featured 6 different “topic zones”, including education, the environment, jobs and economic development, families and communities, housing development, and local government. Each zone included information boards to stimulate discussion, surveys, comment walls, and suggestion jars as well as volunteers who were knowledgeable in each subject. WeAreResidents.org has published all the exhibition content on their website as well as the ability for additional comments to be submitted.
WeAreResidents.org county councillor John Lodge talked to attendees about local government
John Lodge, the Essex County Councillor for Saffron Walden, spoke to residents at the event about localism and government. In commenting he said “Local people clearly love where they live. They are engaged with the issues and absolutely want to have a stake in deciding the town’s future. Localism is alive and well in Saffron Walden.”
Some of the more than 600 attendees even brought their own maps and plans
Summing up Dan Starr said “Our team of volunteers is now busy reviewing all the consultation responses we received. This event was just the start; once we’ve compiled all the feedback, we’ll be preparing a briefing for the Town Council to get the ball rolling on the preparation of a Town Plan. Stay tuned”.
UDC’s proposals for more than 1,000 homes of the east of town was a hot issue
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Founded in 2011, WeAreResidents.org is the Uttlesford based group that provides a strong, independent voice for the views of local residents. The group campaigns for long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area. WeAreResidents.org works with other similar groups across Uttlesford and enjoys the strong support of professionals in key and relevant professions.
WeAreResidents.org is one of the residents’ groups that help start Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local political party of towns and a village that is seeking to give residents a stronger say in local matters.
WeAreResidents.org can we found on the web at www.WeAreResidents.org.