Bridget Smith spoke at the open meeting on 5th October.
Here are some notes of key points she raised, as recorded by members of the Steering Group:
Bridget Smith in memorial hall 5/10/16
- NP a way of controlling development not rejecting it (manage development)
- A way to welcome the right sort of development in the right place
- Also about quality of life
- NP becomes embedded in statute and is very influential
- Makes village sustainable, protects from threat
- Works from the bottom up, designed to suit us (ie each community)
- Enages all people younger to older
- Their PC may take on a community worker to address isolation in old people
- Projects can be built in
- Three strands: development, regeneration, conservation
- There has to be employment in villages
- Must have steering group – PC and key stakeholders (business association, churches, WI, education…)
- Think about key themes eg parking, housing, reducing carbon footprint
- Core group with others coming in for bits
- Somone has to stick with it – parish clerk with extra paid day per week ?
- Others can come and go do their bit
- Needs proper plan and timelines: stakeholder list, community engagement strategy, communication strategy (give people constant feedback)
- Bring someone in as project manager ?
- She’s employed to project-manage economic development part of Gamlingay NP – key theme is business in the village as recently lost main local employer
- All business in Gamlingay invited to 2 workshops (with lunch)
- Gamlingay business app
- For young people: three things you like, three you don’t like, three which could be better
- Evidence, evidence, evidence. For example pix of tonight’s meeting, list of people attending.
- Later (in Q+A session):
- Importance of project plan (again)
- Use the support of S Cambs DC