Councillors say community should be more involved in Portishead vision plan

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 June 2018

The vision will outline the hopes for Portishead's development over the coming decades.

The vision will outline the hopes for Portishead's development over the coming decades.

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Plans for a town vision in Portishead should be ‘thrown open’ to allow the community to get more involved say councillors.

Portishead Town Council is working on putting together a plan outlining the hopes and aspirations for people as to how the area can prosper in the future.

The vision will sit alongside statutory planning documents at both local and national level for issues such as housing and education.

A motion was passed at the annual residents’ meeting last month declaring any working party relating to the town vision should be made up of at least 50 per cent residents.

However, the council has already begun looking for consultants to help deliver its proposal.

Councillor Peter Burden believes residents should make up more than half of the working party, but that the council needs to ‘start quickly’ in order to get the ball rolling on the process.

Cllr Burden said: “I really think there is a wealth of experience in this town that can do an awful lot and plan an awful lot.

“If we want to set up a working group to plan and investigate where we want education (facilities) in the town, then I think that should be down to education experts, children and a few councillors.

“I think 50 per cent is too low and we should fire this open 
to the chamber of trade and others.

“But it is not going to be a quick process.

“It is not something this council is going to put to bed but it is something the council should start quickly.”

Cllr Marilyn Koops added: “I think we should be looking at our initial thing for a having a wider vision working party than we have.

“We have expertise within the town and we have a lot of brilliant people in the town.”

At the town council meeting held last week, it was decided two potential consultants would be interviewed on what they would offer the first stage of the vision’s development.

Company B is requesting £3,750 for five days when it would host consultations both online and in places including schools, leisure centres and the Folk Hall.

The second company is looking for £600 per day for four to six days work including setting up one-to-one fact-finding sessions with key groups and producing a report and final recommendations.

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