Weekly digest: Aug 3


A shorter, snappier edition this time since all I have are a few snippety bits of news. All, of course, relating to the current consultation….

1. So firstly…

  • Consultation leaflets. These have been largely distributed to those volunteers who kindly stepped forward to help us out with the task of delivering to every home in our Area. If you haven’t received yours yet, it will probably drop through your letter box in the next week or two. 
  • Social media publicity. Details of the Plan have been posted to a couple of local Facebook sites (Beeston Civic Society, Beeston Updated, Spotted Toton). This has generated good feedback and prompted a nice spike in ‘hits’ accessing the Plan online. So, we shall probably repost in a couple of weeks. If you use Facebook/social media, please share/like the posts to help promote more widely
  • Libraries have hard copies. Both Toton and Chilwell libraries now have copies of the Plan booklet so if you prefer to read a hard copy version rather than on-screen, you now have a place to go.  Copies of the feedback forms are also available from the library so you can complete a form and leave it behind at the same time.
  • Library opening times:
    • Toton: Mon 2 – 6.30; Weds & Fri 9.30 – 12.30 & 2 – 5; Sat 9.30 – 1pm
    • Chilwell: Thurs 10 – 12.30 & 2 – 4.30; Sat 9.30 – 12.30

2. And finally…

  • Stakeholder invitations. Emails have now been sent to organisations with an interest in our Area & key individuals inviting them to take part in the consultation –  total of 139 people at 89 organisations. We have already started to receive feedback. The first three being:
    • Historic England: who advised us to get in touch with the ‘historic teams’ at both local council and county council who look after the Historic Environment Record and will have details of designated heritage assets.
    • Coal Authority: who advised us that they have no specific comments as our Area doesn’t contain any surface coal resources or recorded risks from past mining activity
    • Severn Trent: who are very supportive of the Plan and offered useful advice to strengthen our key environmental objectives and policies by incorporating water mitigation measures such as SUDs features into our green corridors.
  • Steering Group are meeting next week. We’ll be firming up details of the planned consultation sessions in September as well discussing some ad-hoc popup stalls during the latter part of August.

3. And a further finally…

  • Don’t forget your feedback! Whilst it’s great to get feedback from stakeholders, the Steering Group is much more interested in your views – the people who live and work in our Area. There is no need to wait until the last minute to give us your thoughts. If you’ve read the Plan and have all the information you need, then jot down your thoughts and send them in. If anything is unclear, get in touch and we will quickly provide answers.
  • Feedback options. There are two ways to let us have your views:
    • Use the response form – here is a link to the Word document – and email your response to us or..
    • Use the online form on our website (where you can also access the Plan) and here is a link to the page. The form asks, in addition to basic details about you, three main questions (select an answer ranging from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’):
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the approach of the Plan:
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the Vision (Section B):
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the Policies (Section C):
    • There are also generic comment boxes where you can provide more detail on specific sections or policies.
    • The more feedback we receive the greater the weight it gives to the Plan. Which, in turn, will oblige developers to listen to us and incorporate our policies in their designs.

That’s all for now – more next time.

Kind regards

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