The Hexham Annual Town Meeting

Monday, March 18th,  7:00pm-9.00pm

Hexham Community Centre, Gilesgate, NE46 3NP

All of those interested in the future of Hexham are warmly invited to join members of the Council and the Hexham Town Plan Steering Committee at the Hexham Annual Town Meeting on Monday, March 18th.

This year the event, for town organisations and individual residents, will take place on Monday, at 7pm in Hexham Community Centre on Gilesgate. The theme of the meeting will be ‘Hexham Town Plan; 2013-18: Making it Happen!’   We need your input.

Over the last 15 months a wide consultation and engagement exercise has been going on about the things which Hexham groups and residents would like to see happen here in the next five years, and how we might try to achieve them in a time of economic austerity. This process finished in February with a town wide survey which was done by just under 770 people/households. On March 4th a final interim report on the process so far was presented to the Town Council Meeting.  ( please see copy attached for your information).

On the basis of your responses to questions which arose from the consultation process, the 5 Town Plan themed working groups have developed a number of outline ideas for projects and initiatives which we believe will be supported in the town in the next 5 years. Some of these will require assistance and partnership working with external bodies, including the County Council. Others are projects which could largely be achieved by Hexham organisations pulling together to achieve what individual organisations on their own might not be able to achieve.

We would warmly invite you  to come to the meeting to hear some brief presentations from the different working groups regarding these ideas. There will be time to give some feedback and for us to answer questions. We would particularly like to obtain some initial expressions of interest from groups and individuals in contributing to/being actively involved in the project suggestions outlined during the evening.

Following this we will have a more general question and answer session around   issues connected with the underlying aims of the Town Plan. (Please see section in the Draft Interim Report attached). The aims cover issues which affect every one of us as members of Hexham’s community trying to contribute to the well being and future of the town, as individual volunteers and as members of groups. They include how we achieve more coordinated partnership working and how we can be more effective at securing funding for town projects at a difficult time. We would like all of you to contribute your views-about what is working well here already and how other things might work better/more effectively.

The Town Plan can play a major part in helping the town to fulfil its huge potential. However, it needs all of us to make it work.  I do hope you will join us to plan how we get the most out of people’s concern and interest in our town’s future.

It would help us greatly if you could let us know if members of your organisation intend to come, and how many you are likely to be. It may be more effective for you to have more than one representative, in order to get the most benefit from hearing about the individual themed project proposals.  Please send an email to clerk@hexhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

We do hope to see many of you there.

With best wishes,

Judy Lloyd (Hexham Town Councillor and  Chair of Town Plan Steering group)