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People urged to have their say on Bude and Stratton's future

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

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PEOPLE who live within the Bude-Stratton Town Council boundary are being encouraged to show how much they care about the future of their community, including jobs, land use and the environment.

A survey has been prepared by the Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan steering group for residents and businesses to say what they want to see in the future.

Lea Deely, chairman of the steering group, said: "We have put out a survey based on the information that we gathered from four open meetings held in 2012.

"It is really important that residents take the opportunity to complete the survey so that we can prepare a plan that meets the wishes of the people."

A website has been set up to inform residents of the progress and anyone can complete the survey by going online to www.budestrattonnp.org

There is also a Facebook page at facebook.com/budestrattonnp and a Twitter account on @BudeStrattonNP.

By making the best use of social media, the steering group is anticipating a good response to the survey from many parts of the community that might not respond to the usual methods of collecting information.

However, for those who don't have access to the internet, or prefer to make a handwritten response, a phone call or a visit to the Bude-Stratton Town Council offices will enable them to receive a paper copy of the survey that can be completed and returned.

The Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan will focus on future land use and other issues that will affect land use, such as employment and the environment.

When it is complete, it will be lodged with Cornwall Council where it will have statutory powers to influence decisions on planning and related matters.

Mrs Deely added: "It is essential that we prepare a Neighbourhood Plan to give us a greater element of local control over development in future.

"In recent years, we have completed community-led plans that tackled much wider issues so, where they relate to housing or local business, they can be picked up in the Neighbourhood Plan.

"This gives us a much greater say on matters that in the past were out of our control."

The Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan is expected to be completed by the autumn.

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