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Preparing for a future Newbury

Newbury Town Council has prepared a draft Town Plan 2019 to 2036 and is now consulting the people of Newbury for their views on the Plan’s proposals. The consultation runs until Sunday 18 March.

Using the strap-line, “Newbury – the Crossroads of Southern England”, it highlights Newbury’s role as a town at the centre of innovation and creativity, open to outside influences, while retaining its strengths and character.

The Plan covers the settlement area of Newbury, which includes the urban parts of Speen, Shaw-cum-Donnington and Greenham. It was prepared by a Steering Group set up by Newbury Town Council, plus Councillors from Enborne, Greenham, Speen, and Shaw-cum-Donnington to represent the interests of their respective parishes, as well as West Berkshire representation. The Steering Group also co-opted external specialists to advise on environmental planning and leisure, culture, and tourism.

Cllr Adrian Edwards, Leader of the Council said, “As the elected body for the people of Newbury, it has long been an objective of this Council to have a Town Plan, setting out our aims and aspirations. We have now drafted such a Plan and we would like to hear the views, comments and ideas of the people of Newbury. This is a Plan for all the people of Newbury, especially the youth, as it is your future.

He continued, “Our consultation runs until the 18th of March and responses can be made online or by post. We also plan to hold a Town Plan Coffee morning in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday 24 February, where the Plan will be on display and members of the Steering Group who prepared the Plan will be available to discuss the Plan with you.”

The Plan focuses on how the town of Newbury should respond positively and constructively to the expected challenges over the next 20 years, and to inform and influence the West Berkshire Council Local Area Plan 2019-2036.

The full Plan can be viewed on the Town Council website,www.newbury.gov.uk and printed copies are available from the Town Hall, at a cost of £5 each.

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