As a step towards forming a Neighbourhood Plan we held a series of walkabouts in April. We divided the Forum Area into 4 and repeated the walks 4 times over a weekend. The aim of the walkabouts was so that all of us could look closely at the Forum area – to see where there might be suitable sites for development, open spaces and buildings that we want to be retained and Locally Listed, and places that could be improved. There was a Leader for all of the 16 walks and the Leaders walked the areas in groups beforehand to plot out the routes and to note down places of special interest. It had been raining almost non-stop for days and the weather forecast for the weekend was dire. By some miracle the sun shone all weekend until the last quarter of an hour on the Sunday. Over 70 people took part and everyone enjoyed it hugely. We were all amazed about how, even in areas we thought we knew very well, we saw things we had never noticed before. Walkers were given record sheets and these resulted in the map you can see on the website under Neighbourhood Plan Area.
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