Public meeting to discuss future of Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:31 04 October 2018

The library, railway station, leisure centre and shopping centre which will all be reviewed under the Town Vision.

The library, railway station, leisure centre and shopping centre which will all be reviewed under the Town Vision.

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Councillors in Nailsea are encouraging people to attend a public meeting to help shape the future of the town for the next 20 years.

Nailsea Town Council is holding a meeting at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre on October 12 to discuss the Town Vision.

The authority has been drawing up a draft of the plan which sets out how the town will develop over the next 20 years.

More: People encouraged to comment on Nailsea’s plan for the future.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “The purpose of the meeting is to raise the profile of the vision for the town which the town council has been putting together.

“This was arranged before the issues and options paper came out for North Somerset and although there will be an element where this has some relevance, this is a much wider issue.

“We want to know what residents would like the town to look like over the next 20-30 years in terms of housing, transport, leisure, the environment and ecology.

“All of that will be in context with what’s going on in the wider region.”

North Somerset Council is preparing a local plan for 2018-36 which will make up a new planning policy framework.

Town and parish councils are being encouraged to prepare plans so they can be incorporated within the document.

The Town Vision in Nailsea is being drawn up to ensure infrastructure is in place to serve the 2,575 homes which are expected to be built in the area over the next 20 years.

More: Town vision sets out masterplan for Nailsea.

Some of the key facilities the council is calling for include a new sports centre with indoor and outdoor facilities, which could include a swimming pool, park and ride services, a Metrobus into Nailsea from Bristol via the station and a new community building with a library.

The council also wants a review of the greenbelt, new housing to be built round the town and not to one side, employment areas to the north east of the town – based around Southfield Road and Coates trading estates – and a new road to the north connecting the B3130 from Bristol to the B3130 to Clevedon.

Chairman, Cllr David Packham said: “Our Town Vision is the next step following the consultation we undertook in 2016 and residents of Nailsea are encouraged to now inform the council of any further aspirations they would like included.

“This will enable your town council to provide North Somerset Council with evidence based feedback when the Local Plan is finalised.”

A full copy of the document is available at the tithe barn, Church Lane, at 65 High Street, and in the library, in Somerset Square.

People can also attend the meeting at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, in Brockway, which begins at 8pm.

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