Every Stamford resident will, over the coming weeks, be given a unique chance to have their say on how the town is developed in the future in a major consultation exercise (see Video)
Stamford FIRST (The Stamford Neighbourhood Planning Forum) is in the process of developing the Stamford Plan and has already held a number of launch events with the public to get early feedback.
Next week every household in the town will receive an in-depth survey asking for their views on a range of topics. As well as housing development, topics include sports and leisure facilities, education, heritage and the environment and highways, transport and parking.
The deadline for completing the questionnaires (either the printed or ONLINE versions) is October 7th chairman chairman of Stamford First David Taylor (a member of Stamford Town Council) is keen for people to get involved and have their say today.
As an added incentive, there are five £100 vouchers for a Stamford restaurant to be won for participants.
Coun Taylor said: “It is inevitable that Stamford will be required to grow in the future but we need to ensure that development occurs without loss of Stamford’s special and distinctive character.
“It is critical that Stamford’s defining assets as an historic and vibrant rural market town and tourist destination, are retained and enhanced, and that Stamford’s important heritage assets and precious green spaces are protected.
“Importantly also, where development occurs, our plan must ensure appropriate improvements to infrastructure and services to enable all sections of the community to enjoy a sustainable way of life.”
He urged people to respond to the plan as soon as possible. Coun Taylor added: “The creation of Stamford’s Neighbourhood Plan will enable the town’s residents to shape the development of Stamford over the next two decades and represents a genuine opportunity for Stamfordians to claw back lost influence over the towns future.”