The future of Pershore is important to all who live here, work here, shop here or just visit. Shaping the town's future can be guided, in part, through a town plan. A Steering Group of volunteers has been formed and tasked with putting together a town plan to help steer the direction of Pershore up until 2030.
This Plan will be designed to be formally adopted by Pershore Town Council so that they can reflect the wishes of local people in all their plans,
Your views are very important to this process. Understanding what works well and what needs improvement will form the basis of the plan so your input is vital. Please look out for information on the consultation period which will start in the Spring. It is intended to provide the widest opportunity for comments, suggestions, ideas and feedback by visiting all parts of the community.
Bulletin - September 2017 1. The public consultation was completed on Sunday 27th August in Abbey Park. During this three-month-long process, more than 1000 local people gave us detailed comments and suggestions about how Pershore can be preserved and/or improved. These results have been analysed under our six theme group headings and fed back to the teams working on them.
2. This programme, devised and managed principally by Dave Cave, has been very revealing and has involved more than thirty volunteers who have turned out in all weathers to set up and man the gazebo. Local people have been very complementary about the fact of the consultation, which reinforces the SG policy of building the Plan from the “ground up”, rather than “top down”. The structured consultation process using maps and flags introduced by Planning for Real, has met with universal acclaim as it provides positive and detailed responses that are far more useful than the traditional “tick boxes” style of consultation.
3. The Group leaders are now arranging to meet with the relevant stake holders to discuss the results and begin drafting their elements of the Plan.
4. Concurrently with the public consultation, the People and Places organisation has carried out a study of Pershore Town Centre, covering the “offering” that it presents to the public and their reaction to it. This also covers the issues of parking, tourism, facilities etc. These findings will be incorporated into the Plan, principally in the sections dedicated to Local Economy and Tourism and Traffic and infrastructure.
5. A template has been provided so that all drafts will be completed in the same format. This will simplify the task of drawing the six documents together into a comprehensive document. A central editing team is being set up to oversee this work and to start producing a draft Plan which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
6. It is the intention of the PTP SG to focus on the future (next 15 t 20 years), rather than the present (e.g. the “temporary” disruption to traffic on Station Road) on the assumption that such matters are being addressed. The SG will, however, look at ways in which such circumstances might be avoided in future.
7. The website – “pershoretownplan.com” remains open and comments and suggestions will be accepted and considered right up to the point the final version of the Plan is sent to print – which should be early in 2018.
Michael Amies Chairman, Pershore Town Plan Steering Group