Published 28th June 2011
Wirral Council today announced the launch of a major new initiative designed to give local communities the power to design how Council resources are allocated in their neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood Plans are being launched with a series of presentations by Council Leader, Cllr Steve Foulkes, during the current schedule of Area Forum meetings throughout the borough.
Cllr Foulkes said: “We understand that Wirral is an extremely diverse place, and communities have different needs, aspirations and expectations.
“That is why we need to ensure that we become more local, and more in tune with what our local communities and neighbourhoods actually need-almost on a street-by-street basis. That is why we are launching Neighbourhood Plans.
“A Neighbourhood Plan is a vision for a community. We will set out on a major programme of consultation throughout all Wirral communities, asking people to give us their vision for their neighbourhood-what it should look like, what it`s best features are, and what they would change, given the chance”.
Cllr Jean Stapleton, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, continued: “For Neighbourhood Plans to be a success, and to be a true reflection of what local people want, it is absolutely vital that communities get involved with this process.
“We will be out in communities, talking to residents, and will ensure that every one of our communities has the opportunity to get involved. I’d urge all of our residents to take that opportunity, and to help shape the future of a Wirral we can all be proud of”.
The consultation programme for Neighbourhood Plans will run throughout the summer, and will consist of a series of events, presentations and focus groups in every community throughout the borough. Further details will be posted on the Council website, and in the local press, in the coming weeks.
For further information contact Kathryn Green, Press and PR Manager, Wirral Council, 0151 691 8088.