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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan; Significant Grant Secured and First Public Meeting Held

Submitted on 04 May 2016 by Council Officers

Seaford Town Council has been successful in obtaining a significant grant award for £8,922 towards the provision of Seaford’s Neighbourhood Plan, which is currently in its early stages of creation.

Applications were sought from the Government under it’s “My Community” scheme to assist with the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans across the country.

The Council were able to perfectly match the criteria of the grant successfully secure this contribution towards the costs of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the town.

Back in 2015 the Council agreed to begin work on a Neighbourhood Plan for Seaford. Earlier this year, Action in Rural Sussex was commissioned to facilitate the creation of a plan on behalf of the Council. A key part of the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan is the input from and consultation with the members of public and towns residents. The first public meeting was held on 20th April, a video of which can be seen online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4mjPLoNoqA

After the launch on April on April 20th which about 140 people attended, 38 non-Councillors have volunteered to be members of the Steering Group or to participate in Focus Groups. These Focus Groups include; Housing and Development, Environment and Countryside, Facilities and Infrastructure, Local Economy, and Transport and Travel.

If you would like to be involved it is not too late - please complete a Volunteer Form and return it to the Council or the email contact on the form. Potential Steering Group members are being invited to a meeting very soon. The Focus Groups will convene in June; there will be a Housing Survey issued in May and also a "Call for Development Sites".

To find about more about the Neighbourhood Plan visit the Facebook site where you can also watch the Launch Presentation. Do consider being part of this important project - the Focus Groups are quite informal and time-limited, whereas the Steering Group is a bigger, but vital commitment.

Seaford Town Mayor, Dave Argent said “We are delighted that the Government  have recognised the excellent work that Seaford provides for it’s residents and visitors, the  £8,922 grant will ensure that this is a direct saving to the Councils annual budget for 2016/17. We are also delighted that this grant follows on from another successful award last month of over £4,000 towards Armed Forces Day”.

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