Dressed in full regalia, Wivenhoe town councillor and official town crier Mr Bob Needham rang in the launch of the consultation on the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan as he led a procession from Wivenhoe Quay to the William Loveless Hall. There, residents were treated to hot refreshments and were able to discuss the proposed plan with members of the steering committee. Posters, summaries and leaflets were available to illustrate the proposals and to take away for consideration.
Councillor Needham, who has chaired the neighbourhood plan Steering Group from its inception, made a short speech reminding residents that this was the culmination of more than two and a half years of questionnaires, public discussions and events during which time the views and wishes of those who work and live in the town had been formed into a proposed plan. He emphasised the importance of adopting a neighbourhood plan if the people of Wivenhoe wanted to have a say in how their town would be developed over the period up until 2032, announcing a referendum to adopt the plan would be held in September 2016.
The consultation then moved up to the top end of the town to the Wivenhoe Cricket Club where residents were again invited to discussion, tea and cakes.
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Copies of the Plan will be available for inspection at Wivenhoe Town Council Offices at 77 High Street, and Wivenhoe Library.
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Neighbourhood Plan, Wivenhoe Town Council, 77 High Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9AB.
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