Wetherby must be a fair, inclusive and high quality sustainable place to live and work and maintain its character as a genuine market town
Aims and Objectives
- To develop a vibrant and prosperous market town by encouraging development that supports a range of good quality jobs, businesses, shops and services that meet the needs of local people and protects and enhances the quality of the local environment.
- To provide a range of housing that meets the needs of the town both in the short and longer term.
- To encourage inclusive access for local people to the range of facilities and services that they need
- To promote the use of sustainable forms of energy and transport for the benefit of local people
- To provide new and diverse education, leisure and recreational activities for all ages in order to promote healthy and crime-free lifestyles.
- Working and Shopping
- Getting Around
- Health, Well – Being and Leisure
- Environment and Sustainability
WETHERBY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING STEERING GROUP
Notes of meeting held in the Micklethwaite Room in Wetherby Town Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Present: Cllr Alan Lamb(Mayor) (Chairperson), Cllr Harry Chapman( Deputy Mayor), Phil Joyce, Nish Kannabar, Nicola Bell, Julie Turner, Cllr Galan Moss, Cllr Norma Harrington
Item 1 Welcome and introductions: Alan Lamb
Item 2 Apologies: Manjit Curtis, John Wilkinson and Sandra Kleins
Item 3 Minutes of Meeting held on 5th June 2013: Noted that Galan Moss’s name had been spelt incorrectly, otherwise accepted.
Item 4 Matters arising:
- Clerk update. Alan Lamb advised the meeting that Barbara Ball the town clerk would have been here to minute the meeting excepting a prior arrangement. Discussion followed about the Town Council’s responsibility to facilitate and resource the meetings. Cllr Harrington stated she would take the minutes on this occasion. Alan Lamb assured everyone that there would be a minute taker at the next meeting. Action AL
- Discussion also took place about the small number of volunteers actually attending the steering group meetings despite others having been invited to do so. Alan Lamb undertook to contact other people on the list of interested parties to join the group at the next meeting. Action AL
Item 5 Best practice: Julie Turner advised the meeting that she had sent out notes of meetings held with Geoff Shaw, Chairperson of Boston Spa Neighbourhood Plan. The meetings she had with him were very informative.
- He had not originally been the chair but had fallen into the role! He suggests that we find someone to lead the project, with the requisite skills.
- B.Spa steering group members walked around the village talking to residents and it was a very useful activity.
- Annual newsletter is sent out, and was delivered by the local Scouts group.
- Do we need a leaflet to let people know where we are up to, who is on the steering group and what we have done so far?
- Questionnaire to go out after leaflet…by which time more people should be aware of the neighbourhood plan.
Item 6 Vision, aims and objectives: Phil Joyce talked us through the vision paper. The vision will of course change over time as it is reviewed as a result of feedback from local people.
Suggestion of two main themes.
- Living and working in Wetherby– looked at Acorn categories, impact on all, decisions that are made have to be sustainable, fair and inclusive.
- Maintain the character of a genuine market town-
- These would be high level aims and objectives, with key themes requiring lots of evidence( some already available from consultation events had at launch of NP in town hall)
- small working groups need lots of expertise in associated areas, these groups will be responsible to the steering group for delivering outcomes.
- we need to engage with residents associations and other groups already established in the town as Wetherby is much bigger than the other local neighbourhood plan areas. There will be several shows and open days during the summer that would be an ideal opportunity to get the NP known!
Item 7 Evidence Base: Evidence needs to be made available before the sub-groups are formed. Alan Lamb has already arranged to speak with Manjit as she has been working on this and would have presented findings to this group if she had been here tonight. Action AL/MC
When we set up the sub groups what are we actually asking them to do? They will each take one of the key themes, and break them down into wider sub-headings, set objectives and get evidence from talking to people.
We need a team for each of the three council wards in the town, existing Town Councillors could assist. Suggestions that events be held in the local primary school or community centre on three different dates so that people have a choice of times and dates to attend.
The leaflet and questionnaire should also be available on line.
Sub-groups to be populated from the lists we already have of interested volunteers. Action HC/GM
Resources should be put into production of leaflets and banners and eventually for writing and editing the plan itself. Professional help may be sought at that time.
Sub-group members to be invited to the next Neighbourhood Planning steering group meeting. Presentation from AL and MC reference evidence for the already identified themes. Action AL/MC
NicolaBell stated that she would be happy to be involved with Health, wellbeing and leisure. Nish Kanabar stated he would be involved in communications.
Item 8 Communications: Nish will update the website publicising meetings etc. Wetherby Neighbourhood Planning now has a website, is on facebook, twitter etc. Nish is the administrator for the blog. (WNHP)
The NP will be promoted in the Mayor’s weekly column in the Wetherby News. Action AL
There can be a link to the Wetherby Town Council website. Local organisations will be written to asking for their assistance and alerting them to the website. Action AL/BB
The Vision and key themes to be included on the webpage Action NK
There being no further business the meeting closed .
Date of next meeting 7th August 2013 at 6pm in the Micklethwaite Room at the Town Hall, Wetherby
WETHERBY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING
SUBJECT: Minutes of Meeting 5th June 2013
ATTENDEES: Alan Lamb (Mayor), Harry Chapman (Deputy Mayor), Norma Harrington, Phil Joyce, Nish Kanabar, Alan Moss, Julie Turner.
PLACE: Micklethwaite Room, Town Hall, Wetherby
ITEM MINUTE ACTION
1 Welcome & Introduction – Alan Lamb welcomed everyone and introductions
2 Apologies – Nicola Bell, Manjit Curtis, John Wilksinson, Kew Brewer
Alan Lamb also advised that Ken Brewer had resigned from the group due to
other commitments. Alan thanked Ken for all his support and help, especially
in setting up the Web Site.
3 Minutes of Meeting held 15th May 2013 – Amendments required – Attendee
Phil Jorce should read Phil Joyce and Item 2.7 should read Phil Joyce & Nicola
Bell would produce a Project Plan for the whole of the project. The minutes were
then accepted as a fair and accurate record of the meeting by all attendees.
4 Clerking of Meetings – Alan Lamb confirmed that as the members attending
were very up and down, he thought it would be better if he could arrange for a
Town Clerk to take the minutes of the next meeting and in the future. There
would be a cost to this, however, Alan thought it would be easier than one of
the members trying to take the minutes whilst taking part in discussions. This
was agreed by all in attendance. Alan Lamb
5 Matters Arising –
2.4 Update of Census Statistics – Alan Lamb handed out maps showing
where the most prosperous to the not so prosperous lived and also the
age groups in ten year stages from 41 to 80 years old in the Wetherby
area. Alan suggested that Manjit took this on and he would be able to
provide contacts at the council to enable her to drill down further. Alan Lamb/
Alan to speak to Manjit, as she was not at the meeting. Manjit Curtis
2.7 Process Document – Phil Joyce and Nicola Bell produced a Project
Plan which Phil handed out and ran through in more detail. Basically, this
is a starting point as they had estimated the time it would take for each
task and some tasks would run consecutively. Phil suggested that someone
with more IT skills, could put what they had done into a document which
would be easier to use, as a work in progress document. Norma Harrington
made comment about the time scales, in that it would be very tight to
accomplish everything by May 2014, when LCC would be writing to every
household in connection with the Local Election, as it was hoped we could
send out our Plan at the same time. Also, if a lot of other Groups were
handing in their plans at the same time could there be a possible back log?
The next time this opportunity would happen is in May 2015 and it was
thought this would be too long. Alan Lamb will speak to LCC to confirm
they will pay for our Plans to be sent to every household whenever it is
ready. Alan acknowledged the Project Plan was a very good start and
very helpful. Alan Lamb
2.8 Terms of Reference – John Wilkinson was unable to attend the
meeting, so this will be carried forward to the next one.
6 Site Allocations Update – There is an event at the Town Hall, Wetherby, this
Saturday 8th June 2013. This is the first of many and will show the proposed
plans for the development of housing. This has been advertised and will also
appear in the Wetherby Weekly News on Thursday.
7 Formation of Working Groups – It was agreed by those in attendance that the
following groups would be formed:-
Vision, Aims & Objectives – This will be led by Phil Joyce and Nicola Bell, plus
a couple of other people with IT skills.
Evidence Base – This will be led by Manjit Curtis
Communication – This will be led by Nish Kanabar
Best Practice – This will be led by Julie Turner, contacts have been supplied to
Julie for two other groups, however, one has not replied yet and the other is on
Holiday until 11th June 2013.
8 Skills Audit – It was agreed that this would be left to the new Clerk when appointed.
9 Next Steps – Alan Lamb thought we had done well progressing to the next steps
arranging the four new groups and would need to keep the momentum going
10 Any Other Business – None
11 Date and Time of next Meetings –
3rd July 2013 – 6pm – Micklethwaite Room, Town Hall, Wetherby
7th August 2013 – 6pm – Micklethwaite Room, Town Hall, Wetherby
The next Neighbourhood Planning Meeting will be in the Town Hall at 6 pm on Wednesday 3rd July. We are looking for more folks to get involved, so any new participants would be most welcome.
2.1 .Provide the team with full statistics from the last census
2.2 JW explained what the Neighbourhood Plan is all about (on a single side of A4 – written small).
2.3 HC ran through the pertinent points of the last census. Continue reading