Over a hundred people attended Council workshops to discuss the future of Hadleigh and Needham Market to help build and support the councils’ Vision for Prosperity initiatives. An interactive workshop is planned for residents in Eye to have their say next Thursday 11 July at Eye Town Hall.
Place specialist company thinkingplace has been commissioned to lead interactive workshops to help the councils engage with local communities and learn what they think about their towns. Residents and local business owners that attended the workshop sessions in Hadleigh and Needham Market last month, were asked to share what they feel makes the towns unique and what makes each place special to those who live there. Feedback from the sessions will be used to develop an initial “place story” which will be used to underline work within the communities in developing actions that can be owned and delivered by local people to celebrate and enhance their towns.
Cllr Gerard Brewster said “The success of the Vision for Prosperity in Stowmarket and Sudbury last summer highlighted the need for us to expand the programme to our smaller towns. Our smaller communities can sometimes be more vulnerable to economic changes so it is essential that the Vision is developed with the backing of the local community to ensure changes implemented are positive for residents and businesses. It was great to talk about what our towns mean to people, to make sure that in the future we maintain the spirit that makes them different from other places. The community response to this innovative event was very supportive and we will continue to explore new ways to engage with communities to deliver services and support sustainable growth.”
Cllr Michael Holt said “The workshop session has been a great way for the Council to work with our local people in a way that is more interesting, fun, and rewarding. It’s easy to get lost in statistics, so the workshop has been designed we can hear directly from the community and have a better understanding to the issues they face. As we capture this essence, it is a very powerful tool in demonstrating to others that there is a coordinated approach to growth, that is supported by residents and businesses alike. By having a unified vision we are more likely to be successful in maintaining sustainable town centres and improving the quality of life locally.”
Residents in Eye will have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Shaping the future of Eye’ workshop on Thursday 11 July at Eye Town Hall, 4:30 – 6pm or 6:30 – 8pm. The council is encouraging anyone who can to come along to the event – particularly young people who would not normally attend a traditional Council meeting.