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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM – September 2013

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM – September 2013

Woodlands Play Area improvements

The Forum worked over the summer to bring together a partnership of the Grammar School, Groundwork, Access Selby and the National Citizen Service to undertake a programme of work with young people from the Grammar School focused around a project to improve the appearance of the play area at Woodlands – this work was done in August and very successfully too! This may be the first in a series of such projects, so any ideas for similar projects in the town or villages would be welcomed.

Riverside Park

Following objections from local residents and a local landowner, the proposed support for the Riverside Park was re-visited by the Town Council who decided to withdraw their previous commitment to the project. As a result, the Partnership Board has now written to the Town Council asking for them to come forward with alternative proposals that would meet overcome their objections and allow for a revised scheme to be developed.

Scarthingwell Festival

The Festival held over three days in June was a great success with great credit going to Councillor Richard Sweeting and Highfields Care Home for organising the event. The Festival was financially supported by the CEF and it is hoped for a repeat event to be held in 2014.

Visit-Tadcaster

As a key part of its strategy to revitalise the town, the CEF is currently developing a new website that will focus exclusively on attracting visitors to the town and surrounding villages. The website is likely to launch this Autumn and bring together information on visitor attractions, accommodation providers, shops and services and wider attractions easily accessible from Tadcaster.

A Community Interest Company for Tadcaster & Villages

Following the closure of the Tadcaster Development Trust, the Partnership Board are actively looking at the potential for setting up a new company that will enable delivery of project work for the area. The model of a ‘community interest company’ is the one most favoured at present – a Limited Company that would deliver projects on behalf of the CEF and Selby District Council that would be non-profit making.

New to the Partnership Board

The Partnership Board is always on the look out for new members! This year we have been fortunate to have been joined by two new community representatives – local resident Mrs Bea Rowntree and local Methodist minister Reverend Amy Walters. We are still on the look-out for another Parish Council representative and are also interested in recruiting a local business champion and more community reps…any offers?

Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Selby Neighbourhood Plan

The CEF is supporting Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Selby Parish Council in taking forward their aspiration to develop a new Neighbourhood Development Plan under the new powers for Town and Parish Councils set out in the Localism Act. The CEF has helped in access to funding, setting up the groups necessary to take the Plan forward and guiding them on their way in their key task of gathering evidence about how local residents and stakeholders would like to see their parish develop over the next 15 years, in line with the Selby Local Plan.

Funding Support

Need help with funding your project? Get in touch and we can help. New funds launched recently include Efficiency North’s Framework for Good which seeks to fund projects that:

– provide local employment opportunities,
– encourage self-sufficiency,
– provide long term benefits for the community.

For more information on any of the above or on the on-going work of the CEF and Partnership Board, contact David:

Davidgluck@ruralis.co.uk

07905 766831

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