Consultant appointed to set Portishead town vision plan in motion

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 July 2018

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A company has been selected to carry out the first consultation stage on Portishead’s town vision project.

The town vision working party selected freelance communications business Corixa to independently produce phase one of the plan, which will include identifying key issues and speaking with interested parties.

The phase will cost £3,600 and is planned to be completed by September.

Peter Mitchell, town council chairman, says the vision will enable the community to air its ‘hopes and aspirations’ for the future.

He said: “The continuing success and growth of Portishead has caused considerable pressure and frustration with the established infrastructure.

“The town council took the decision to pursue a vision to gather truly independent evidence of the hopes and aspirations of the greater community.

“We went through a tendering procedure, applications were received, and a cross-party committee appointed Corixa.

“The prime focus of the town vision will relate to health, education, housing, employment, sports and leisure.”

Following a motion made by a member of the public during the annual residents’ meeting in May, it was agreed the town vision working party should be made up of at least 50 per cent residents.

Although councillors took the decision to appoint Corixa, it insists it is looking for people with the relevant skills and expertise to join the group further down the line.

Once key issues have been agreed they will be publicised and people within the community will be invited to volunteer to join different working parties.

They will then work together to design a questionnaire which will be available for all Portishead residents to complete.

The results of this will then be used when creating the final vision document.

Work on the town vision is expected to be completed by next spring.

The document will then be used by North Somerset Council when making future decisions regarding Portishead and will feed into both local and national statutory planning documents for issues including education and housing.

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