Ryton Neighbourhood Plan Update

Many thanks to everyone who completed the Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire. The total number of returns was 543 which is a terrific result. These are currently being analysed and the results will form an important part of the Plan.

Thank you also to those who attended the Open Event at School in November. Again we got a lot of very useful information and feedback to help with the preparation of the Plan.

Focus Groups Launch Event
The next step is to set up three Focus Groups to look at the key
aspects of: Housing, the environment and community facilities.

These Groups will meet over a 3 to 4 month period. Their aim will be to establish the key objectives (arising from the analysis of the feedback you have given us) and then work on policies to enable them to be achieved.
A number of villagers have already indicated that they would be interested in joining a Focus Group but we are looking for more volunteers.

We have planned a Focus Groups Launch Event on Thursday 18th January in the Village Hall at 7.00pm. At this meeting
we will summarise what has happened so far and discuss how the Focus Groups are going to work.

The Neighbourhood Plan is a one-off opportunity for us to have a much greater say in how our village develops.

The Focus group activity is at the heart of the Neighbourhood Planning process and the work they do will really bring the plan together. We are not looking for a huge time commitment – each Focus Group is likely to meet 4 to 6 times over the 3 or 4 months – so please do give some serious thought to getting involved. Coming along to the meeting does not in any way commit you to joining a group – but it does give you the chance to hear about the plans and decide if you would like to take part. If you would like to find out more before the meeting please contact Geoff Marsh (07785243293, geoffandba@gmail.com, 99 High Street).

Hope to see you at the meeting.

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