Devizes residents asked to join in the conversation about the town's future
We see this meeting as an opportunity to get the conversation started, to talk with passionate local people about the direction we see Devizes headed, and what we can all do to help shape that journeySimon Jacobs, chair of Devizes Area Board
Residents are being invited to an interactive meeting next week to discuss the future of Devizes, and to give their views on what kind of town they would like to see.
Hosted by Trust for Devizes and Devizes Area Board, ‘A vision for Devizes the next conversation', is on Thursday 28 September from 7pm 9pm at Devizes Town Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend.
A range of issues will be discussed at the meeting, which will be chaired by Claire Perry MP. People will be able to hear from a number of speakers throughout the evening to inspire debate and discussion.
The meeting will be chaired by Claire Perry MP, and people will be able to hear from a number of speakers throughout the evening to inspire debate and discussion.
Speakers include Andy Geddes from Devizes Town Council who will discuss the neighbourhood plan, Jane Gallifent, Development and Sales Manager from Aster Housing to talk about housing, and a member of the local business community will be on hand to provide their perspective.
The meeting will be interactive with round-table discussions to talk about the issues brought up by the speakers and for people to have their say on what they think matters.
Simon Jacobs, chair of Devizes Area Board, said: "We see this meeting as an opportunity to get the conversation started, to talk with passionate local people about the direction we see Devizes headed, and what we can all do to help shape that journey.
"To have a range of expertise under one roof alongside knowledgeable locals will prove to be very worthwhile and a great first step."
Claire Perry MP, said: "I know that housing is a key issue for many people living in the Devizes Constituency and following the General Election, I have now made 'Housing' one of my local priorities. I want to help deliver more appropriate and affordable housing for sale and rent, and to ensure that Devizes and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work with lots of opportunities for all. Please do come along and join in the conversation."
Tony Duck, secretary of the Trust for Devizes, said: "The main concern of the Trust is that the greatest need of the town is for affordable and social housing to meet the requirements of local people and local employers. Encouraging the development of the number of brownfield sites identified in the Neighbourhood Plan would also reduce traffic congestion and the air pollution it creates. The longer term affect will be to create more local employment opportunities for young people and generally improve the town's economy.
"This meeting will start a process in which Trust for Devizes, other interested groups and members of the public are able to have an open conversation about these topics, so I would encourage people to come along on 28 September".