Archive for February, 2015
A Full Council meeting at the Assembly Rooms on the 11th February 2015 saw Alton Town Councillors endorse Alton’s draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation.
The draft plan is the result of more than 12 months of work involving discussions with members of the community, businesses and other stakeholders. This has been carried out by volunteers from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who have held public meetings and conducted surveys. Local information and statistics have also been collated to help develop plan policies.
The purpose of producing the Neighbourhood plan is to give local people a say on development and infrastructure in the town. A site map is included in the plan showing where planned development in Alton could take place. There are six main policy sections which cover areas such as housing, transport, and education. The consultation process welcomes comments on these policy areas. Feedback received will influence the final content of the plan.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Graham Hill, says “The Alton Neighbourhood Development Plan has been developed under the auspices of Alton Town Council and started back in December 2013. The Town Council wanted all the people of Alton to have a say in many aspects of the town’s future but most importantly it wanted local people to have their say on where new housing should go rather than leaving this decision entirely to East Hampshire District Council as the planning authority. Alton is a great market town with a unique heritage and a dynamic future. Investment and change in the years ahead will only be worthwhile if they make a positive difference to the lives of local people and the future of the community”. Read the rest of this entry »
As Alton Town Council looks to review its management plan for Flood Meadows, residents’ views are being sought in the form of a public consultation as to “how Flood Meadow should be managed to meet the future needs of Altonians whilst still preserving its integrity as a mix of recreational space, consisting of semi natural woodland, grassland and riverside nature”.
The Town Council with the assistance of the Alton Society Environmental Working Party, currently maintains and preserves the natural aspects of the grass areas, woodland and the disused water cress beds. Flood Meadows has been recognised for its conservation work by South & South East in Bloom, gaining Gold Awards in the open space category and the Town Council is extremely proud of the fact that this area is enjoyed by a wide range of users from walkers (many with dogs), ramblers, joggers to schools undertaking orienteering lessons at the site.