Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are now starting the second stage of their Vision Programme, building on the “Vision for Prosperity” (VFP) for Sudbury and Vision Action plan for Stowmarket launched last year.
The councils’ continued investment in extending the programme aims to help the districts’ other key towns realise their ambitions to become key destinations in the region. Bespoke ‘vision’ documents will be created for Stowmarket, Needham Market, Hadleigh and Eye.
Over the coming months, the councils and their specialist partner, thinkingplace, will work with stakeholders including residents, community groups, businesses and the town councils to begin the Vision Programme.
Sarah Perry, Director at thinkingplace, said: “We’ve now booked the dates for the stakeholder workshops in Eye, Hadleigh and Needham Market, and would welcome people to register their interest to attend. The sessions will be fun as well as informative, and we would really like people who don’t normally come to these events to try it. Young people especially would be welcome, as we’re talking about the future of these towns and it is they who will inherit the places, so their voices really matter.”
The workshops will take place on following dates:
• Eye - 11 July 2019, Eye Town Hall (4.30-6pm or 6.30-8pm).
• Hadleigh - 25 June 2019, Hadleigh Guild Room (4.30-6pm or 6.30-8pm).
• Needham Market - 26 June 2019, The Limes Hotel (4.30-6pm or 6.30-8pm).
• Stowmarket – expected summer 2019.
Cllr Michael Holt, cabinet member for Economic Growth at Babergh District Council, said: “These workshops provide a great opportunity for our communities to get involved and give us their views on their town. There is so much that makes our towns in Babergh special, but we want to get a better picture of how our residents identify and interact with them to understand what truly makes them unique.
“I’d encourage anyone who can to come along to a workshop in their area and get involved in planning their own future.”
Cllr Gerard Brewster, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Growth at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “It’s exciting that we’re now at the stage of inviting residents and businesses to have their say on the future of their towns and places of work. These workshops will directly feed into a vision and set of ambitions to promote investment and encourage a sense of pride in each location.
“The feedback we receive from our communities is invaluable, so I hope that many come along to have their say!”