Neighbourhood Plan Drop-in Event

Thanks to everybody who attended the Neighbourhood Plan Drop-In Event held in August. It was good to see over 91 of you who were all interested in the future of the Parish and our two villages; 54 came from Aldringham and the Follies, 48 from Thorpeness and the Fens, 3 from Sizewell and 6 from outside the parish, making a total of 57 households in the parish being represented by one or more individuals.

Good discussions on the value of a Neighbourhood Plan and an exchange of views and ideas took place between members of the NP Team and those who attended, which helped everyone have a better understanding of the many issues that will have an impact on the future for all of us.

It also enabled many who attended to raise their concerns and aspirations for the future with 70 Stickie notes plus two emails being written These raised 118 individual items across several significant issues including: additional community facilities, traffic management, housing, infrastructure, Coastal protection and flooding. These will all now be used as input to the plan development.

Remember this is only the start of the process and a number of follow-on consultations will be held over the coming months, including a questionnaire when everyone in the Parish will have the opportunity to say how important particular issues are to them. This will enable the final draft of the plan to be prepared in, it is hoped, 2018. In the meantime if any of you have any issues you wish to raise please contact me or one of the NP team.

Eric Atkinson
Chairman, Aldringham-cum-Thorpe Parish Council