Residents can have their say on Town Plan

Surgeries are being planned to give local people the chance to have their say on the development of a Town Plan for Bedlington.

West Bedlington Town Council is to hold surgeries in the first stages of developing an evidence-based plan that will provide a vital influence in the planning process to help ensure Bedlington’s voice and needs help shape the future of the town.

As part of the process of delivering its town plan, the town council will start by surveying the views of residents with a questionnaire drawn up on a range of general topics including housing, highways, health, leisure and local government.

Questionnaires are being distributed to all households within the West Bedlington area from September 6, with completed forms to be returned by September 30.

The council will enter all completed questionnaires with a name and address into a cash draw.

Councilors will be in the Community Centre on Front Street West, from noon to 4pm on Thursday, September 19, and from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, September 21, to invite views and comments.

Further copies of the questionnaire will be available from the Community Centre.

Coun Malcolm Robinson said: “Bedlington residents will have a major say in not only the direction their town council takes with regard to various activities but also in the regeneration and development of our Town.

“I hope as many of our residents fill in these questionnaires as possible so we get a good cross representation of views.”