Setback for town plan

EXCITING moves to put together a blueprint to help shape the future development of Nailsea have received a huge blow. Nailsea Town Council learnt this month

EXCITING moves to put together a blueprint to help shape the future development of Nailsea have received a huge blow.Nailsea Town Council learnt this month its bid to the Market and Coastal Towns Association for £20,000 to develop a parish plan had been turned down.The cash windfall would have covered the costs of putting together the plan and now councillors are having to look at alternative ways of funding the project.Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: "We are very disappointed to have our funding application turned down."However, I understand there were 32 towns bidding for 10 lots of £20,000 to develop plans, so the competition was tough."Councillors are now meeting to discuss other ways of finding the money to cover the costs of developing a parish plan and are looking into what other grants may be available."We are also considering if the costs can be met from town council funds and whether the money needs to be allocated over a couple of years."The parish plan will collect information about life currently in the town and set out aims and objectives about how it should develop in the future.Local people will also be consulted about what they want to see in the town over the next 20 to 30 years.Mr Morrell added: "The plan will identify people's aspirations for the future."It will also act as a guide when councillors are making decisions as they will have to do so in context with the blueprint."The issue of funding the plan is due to be discussed by councillors this month.


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