Whitchurch - Town Action Plan

Status as at 20th April 2005

 

Changes since last report are shown in ITALICS

 

Initiative No. (Category)

Description

WTA  Sub Group leader in bold

(= Co opted)

Current Status

1 Economy

Tourism Projects to:

 

·         Encourage More Visitors to the Town

·         Bring More revenue to the Town

Susan Flawith

Phil Cooper

Harriet Titcomb

(Gill Nethercott)

(Derek Verran)

(Stephen Bryer)

Funding shortfall – Town Guide and Circular Walks reprint/update. Requires local authority funding or external funding application when WTA is constituted.

Photography (Jake) now completed. Opportunity for leaflet rack in entranceway to Brockenhursts

2 Environment

Town Centre Project:

·         Improve appearance of Town Centre

·         Advise on and encourage building restoration

Harriet Titcomb

Gill Nethercott

Tony Corbin

Derek Verran

Keith Watts

New sub committee formed 19th Jan 05. Still to meet and consider way forward. Opportunity from HCC Env (Chris Williams) Country Towns Initiative – may allocate monies to suitably argued Whitchurch Town Centre initiatives (e.g. Alleyway improvements/planting etc.)

3 Community

One Stop Shop:

·         Town Hall utilisation for Community group usage

·         Tourist Information point

(Cathy Burt)

Liz Dermody

Tony Corbin

19th Jan WTA meeting proposed Town Hall could be a meeting venue for proposed Community Support Officers and Wardens (e.g. with the public). Waiting thoughts/response from WTC.

4 Economy

Town Business Support & Development:

 

·         Improve economic viability of the town

·         Support/funding for business start ups

·         Encourage collaborative activity

Tony Corbin

Stewart Parrington

(Ed Beckmann – BLWx)

(John Mitchell – Enterprise First)

(Drewett Neate – Comm’l Agency)

(Testbourne Bus Forum members)

 

Town Hall now being used (Tues) for BLWx 1 to 1 one-hour business advice clinics.

 

Newbury Building Soc has shown an interest in participating in Business led community activities.

 

Good attendance at April Testbourne Bus Club meeting. Next meeting Wed 8th June. Meeting needed to discuss way forward/ideas re Business Development (retail and commercial)

 

5 & 6 now Merged Transport

Traffic Mgmt Projects

a)       Reduced HGV through traffic volumes

 

 

 

 

 

 

b)       Town Gateway project and environmental calming scheme

 

Derek Verran

Tony Corbin

(Reg Kimpton)

Chris Setters

Dave Palmer (tbc)

(Keith Pauw HCC)

(Cathy Burt)

(Cllr. John Wall)

 

Greg Harris

Susan Flawith

(Gill Nethercott)

Chris Setters

(Cllr R Dykes)

(Cllr B. Jackman)

(Cllr John Wall)

Harriet Titcomb

Tony Corbin

(Jamie Daly B&DBC

 

 

 

Productive meeting <JW/DV/RK/TC> with Keith Pauw HCC Traffic Mgmt Feb 09. Agreed (in principle) the monitoring methods/locations for the 7 am to 7pm <re> survey. KP has confirmed HGV survey will be conducted on/or by 30th April. <n.b. Actual survey dates are never disclosed>

 

 

Cost issues – to make and maintain – for wood based winning design. Following WTC April 4th meeting, alternatives now being investigated by B&DBC that would retain key elements of winning design but be acceptable to HCC Highways Mtc.

7 Community

Local History ‘Display area

·         Accessible display and Learning centre for local artefacts

TBC Cllr. Gill Nethercott

Harriet Titcomb

Tony Corbin

(Cllr. A Wall)

History Soc TBC)

(B&DBC TBC)

Longer term initiative subject to granting of planning approval for new Library and completion of Community Hall

8 Community

IT/Internet Public access:

·         Individual Learning and Information Points

Janet Palmer

Phil Cooper

(Linda Cowley)

(Cllr. Gill Nethercott)

Longer term initiative subject to granting of planning approval for new Library and completion of Community Hall

9 Community

Young People’s Facilities:

·         Youth Suite Refurbishment

·         Young people’s amenities

Leader TBC

(Linda Cowley)

(Cllr Alison Wall)

Liz Dermody

(Cllr. P. Turner)

Derek Verran

Keith Watts

No ‘youth’ specialist expertise within WTA. Thus support from HCC Youth Service being sought. This will be communicated to Cllr. Jackman who is trying to initiate youth projects and has a meeting of his own scheduled for 29th April.

 

Meantime, Newbury Building Soc has shown a willingness to support any initiatives.  Whitchurch implementation of a Surrey ‘FLY’ (For Local Youth) type project or ‘Connexions (Prince’s Trust Youth Charter’) might be possible..

10 Transport

Community Bus

(Cathy Burt)

Project Closed – Jan 05 – working satisfactorily

11. Comms

Communications Project:

·         House Style for WTA materials

·         Web site inc open forum for feedback

·         Internal/external and stakeholder comms model

 

 

 

Phil Cooper

John Buckley

(Steve Hoffmann)

(? Cathy Burt)

Tony Corbin

Preliminary proposal put to WTC  in March. This included suggestion to help with publication of ‘Eye’.

 

Comms sub group meeting re future collaboration on the publication/content for the ‘EYE’ is planned for 26th April with Cllrs. Robbins & Abarthe present for WTC.

 

Comms media proposals presented to WTA 13th April (and approved) also to be presented to WTC (6th June?)

12.

Constitution of WTA

Keith Watts

(Cllr. A. Wall)

Harriet Titcomb

Tony Corbin

(Ctty Hall Group members)

(J. Balcombe B&DBC Community Officer)

(HCC Legal)

(Cllr. R Dykes)

Constitution will make WTA publicly accountable and enable bids for funds not available to Local Authorities to be made.

 

The 1st joint meeting took place on  31st March attended by WTA, New Ctty Hall and WTC representatives. Progress on model and form of constitution made – next meeting scheduled for 28th April