Residents urged to have their say on major blueprint on town's future - The Evesham Observer

Residents urged to have their say on major blueprint on town's future

Evesham Editorial 13th May, 2017   0

PERSHORE residents have been encouraged to make their voices heard on a major blueprint which will shape the future of the town.

A series of consultation events have been launched by the group behind the Pershore Town Plan which aims to draw up a vision of life in the town in the next two decades.

As the Observer revealed in February, a voluntary committee was set up to develop Pershore’s very own plan which will set out residents’ aspirations for the town over the years to come.

The plan will look at education, tourism, business, health, transport, the environment, sport, art and entertainment in Pershore and how it can be developed and improved.

Residents are now being urged to have their say on what they want the plan to include at a series of consultations to be held throughout the year.

The first of 11 events kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am until 4pm in Chapman Court.

A further event will be held on Tuesday (May 16) at the Co-op on Racecourse Road from midday to 2pm and at Pershore Leisure Centre from 4pm to 6pm.

Committee members will return to Chapman Court on Saturday, May 27 and will be on hand in Abbey Park on Bank Holiday Monday (May 29) during the town’s popular carnival.

Local residents can make their voices heard on the plan at Pershore Baptist Church on Saturday, June 10 from 11am to 6.30pm while the committee will be on hand at the Pershore River Festival on Saturday, July 15.

And the series of consultation events will close with a final event in Abbey Park during the Pershore Plum Festival on Sunday, August 27.

The committee secured funding for their work from Pershore Town Council and from charitable organisations.

It’s hoped the Town Plan will be published next year and adopted by Pershore Town Council and Wychavon District Council as a document to guide their future decision-making.

Michael Amies, Chairman of the Town Plan steering committee, said: “The Pershore Town Plan Steering Group is about to start the most important part of their work and finding out what Pershore people think of their town, what they like, what they don’t like, and what they would like to see in the future.

“Their comments, views and ideas will shape the plan that will be delivered to the Town Council.

“There will be many opportunities for them to do this, both face to face and through all media platforms.

“I would appeal to all Pershorians to get involved, as this is their best chance, perhaps for a generation, to make a real difference and to make Pershore an even better place to live, work, play and visit,” he added.

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