Release Date: 26/07/2012
Residents who would like to find out more about their local Village Plan can do so at their local library over the summer. Libraries will be hosting exhibition displays on the plans from the end of July until mid September and there will be drop in sessions where people can discuss the plans with Councils officers.
Earlier this month Richmond Council launched 14 Village Plans, outlining local priorities and highlighting how people can get involved in improving their community. This follows on from the Council’s All in One survey, where residents told the Council what issues matter most and what needed in improving in their local area.
Each of the plans describe the character and vision of each area, including the planning policies and information on planned development and special projects. They also include information on community facilities and services with useful information that will enable residents to get things done in their area.
Residents are now able to go along to their local library and meet Council Officers to discuss key issues and projects that have been highlighted in the plan. The Council’s Community Links officers will also be at all the drop in sessions to discuss with residents how they can get involved in their local areas.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said:
“The All in One is the core of this Council’s mission to change the relationship between Council and residents in the borough.
“Over the past few months we have been bringing together all the results from the survey, and other consultations, and drawn up Village Plans for each area identified in the survey. These plans cover issues such as housing, shopping, parks, schools, traffic, parking and community safety. We have looked at each Village and presented what we are currently doing to improve the areas, or what we are planning on doing.
“These Plans are just the start and as projects are delivered, they will change and evolve. They also highlight a number of opportunities for local people to get involved and improve their local areas.
“The plans are available online or alternatively, all of the libraries in the borough now have small displays of the relevant local Village Plans – along with hard copies of the documents. Alongside this Council officers will be hosting drop in sessions for residents to come along and find out more.”