June Meeting – Bingham Community-Led Plan

The importance of maintaining momentum after the launch of the Bingham Community-Led Plan was emphasised to members of Bingham Business Club at their latest meeting.

The chairman of the plan’s steering group, Peter Allen, explained that the finalised plan, which took two years to complete, had been compiled to present the views of the community about the future of the town. The plan report will have to be considered by those making decisions about future development in Bingham.

The plan was created from the responses of almost 3,000 people who took part in a detailed survey, which identified a dozen key priorities they wanted to see implemented. These covered a range of topics – health and social care, education, sports and recreation, crime and anti-social behaviour, public toilets, environment, business, the Market Place, transport, planning and development.

“The Bingham that people live in now is not quite the Bingham that people want to live in,” Peter Allen said.

He said the town had been developed with a house-centred mindset rather than a work-centred mindset, leading to an imbalance. Infrastructure had not grown in proportion to the population increase, and a business development plan for the town was needed. Peter Allen said the community’s desire for improvement was currently strong, but if the momentum was lost it would die.

“I think the opportunity is there to move Bingham forward,” he said. “The onus is on all of us to provide the planners with the information they need. They can only make decisions based on the information they have.”

Business club chairman Jonathan Hammond urged club members to support the plan. “Rushcliffe Borough Council has got its ears open at the moment. Six or nine months down the line that may have stopped,” he said.

Club members also heard from Jemma Clifford of The Rural Business Awards, who encouraged them to consider entering. The deadline for registering has been extended to July 15. The awards have 13 categories covering a wide range of rural-related business, from farm diversification to rural professional services. The awards are run in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association. The final will be at The Belfry on October 13.

In other news, Rod Whitehead of Vale First Responders shared the news that the group had recently been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. First Responders are volunteer members of the community who are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the Ambulance Service. Responders provide immediate care to patients in rural areas where distance may delay the prompt arrival of an ambulance.

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