Town Council Jan 11

Report
Frome Town Council Meeting
26th January 2011
V4F Update Brief
Charles Wood
Chairman
MAIN ROLES
Promoting Community Plan - Monitoring, Maintaining, revising, assisting and
lobbying to achieve objectives
Networking with Town Groups and Local Authorities - to help to:
- Relate plan objectives with town issues
- Assist community groups to meet Plan's objectives (e.g. inputting to fund
generation and business cases)
Facilitating and Promoting Community Consultations - to reach all parts of
the Frome community
Working with Other Somerset and Mendip Community Organisations - E.G.
as member of the Somerset Market Towns Forum (SMTF), Mendip Strategic
Partnership Board Member (MSP), and Mendip Community Support – also with
Community Council for Somerset.
Update – since January 2009
Slow but steady progress
Cultivating a useful presence in the town
Concentrated on building good links and
networking
The Plan's projects a constant point of
reference
Plan Maintenance and
Development
Limited activity - “Mapping” of town groups'
objectives and activities to the Plan's
projects a necessary start
Will include new projects
Refresh around 5 years after issue
Promoting the Plan's Projects
Support other groups – funding applications (e.g.
FROGS riverside project)
Free car parks
Westway seating
Gorehedge junction – pedestrian needs
Saxonvale – some 44 of the Plan's projects could be
relevant to this development
Town tourism and marketing
NETWORKING AND LINKS (1)
Town Council
- Working Group and Forum on Town
information
- Car Park Purchase solution
- Gorehedge traffic arrangements
District Council and EMCP
- Consultation on town centres, future economy
- MSP – Sustainable Community Strategy
- Year 09/10 Budget priorities consultation
- Car park charges discussion, consultation
event and permit solution
NETWORKING AND LINKS (2)
County Council
- Transport Plan
Town Groups
- Direct liaison and assistance with CoC, cFrome,
Sustainable Frome, Civic Society, FoRF, FROGS
Somerset Market Town Forum (SMTF)
- Newsletters
- Network events
- Information feedback
Community Council for Somerset (CCS)
– Tracking and advising on Community Plan projects
NEXT STEPS
For V4F
Continue to build momentum – use our funds
to raise capacity. “Mapping” task, and
admin and website support.
Seek to strengthen cooperative links with and
between the Council, other town groups,
with town “partnership” approach in
mind.
Build membership and contacts, to raise
capacity, and to make a possible social
enterprise approach viable.
Town's Hot Issues Include
Town and Tourist information Provision
Car parking (V4F, EMCP, CoC, SF, FTC)
Cheese and Grain
Saxonvale
- Traffic
- Supermarket (Various initiatives, Blog,
media etc)
County and District Cuts - e.g:
- Arts
- Libraries
Handling Town Issues
Some Food for thought
- More and more the Town could have to address its own
needs as the cuts bite
- Localism Bill, Right to Build, and community empowerment
will call for differences in how we collectively do business.
- The Town Council will/should presumably have a lead role
in this.
- The Community Plan should continue to encompass what
the community wish to see in Frome
•
Long and short term view (to 2028), informing the
Council's Strategic Plan (3 year view) and the LDF
•
Owned by the Community (e.g via V4F or a Town
partnership) – a refresh will be needed
•
A Town coordinator should have a key role
Executive/Action
Links
How Things Could/Should? Work (1)
(Partnership Approach)
Other Somerset
Groups – MCS,
CCS, etc
Networking &/or
Cooperation
District
Council
FROME
COMMUNITY
MSP
Town Environment
and Activities
County
Council
SMTF
V4F
(Owns Plan)
CoC
Town
Council
S Frome
Community involvement
Partnership
“with Variable subgroups
according to need”
Services
cFrome
Civic Society
Project
Deliveries
The many Other
Town Groups (e.g.
FoRF, FROGS)
How Things Could/Should? Work (2)
Executive/Action
(Partnership Approach)
Links
SMTF
Networking &/or
Cooperation
District
Council
FROME
COMMUNITY
Management
Team/Trust
etc/ex-V4F
Town Environment
and Activities
County
Council
Coordinator
CoC
Town
Council
S Frome
Community involvement
Partnership
“with Variable subgroups
according to need”
Services
Other Somerset
Groups – MCS,
MSP, CCS, etc
cFrome
Civic Society
Project
Deliveries
The many Other
Town Groups (e.g.
FoRF, FROGS)
Community Plan
Owned by
Partnership
A challenging and interesting
time for the Town – with
several regeneration issues
I leave the thought with you, and the next
Town Council, on how best to work with the
Frome community So we can, collectively, be optimistic about the future
characteristics and facilities of the town

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