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Better Lives for All - consultation now open for comment

South Hams District Council has begun developing a 20-year vision for the District and now they would like to know what you think.

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On 15 July, South Hams District Council agreed to put the contents of their emerging vision document out to public consultation.  The consultation begins today 21 July 2021 and will run for 6 weeks.   

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: "There will be a survey that our residents businesses and partners can fill in, which directly relates to the contents of the document, but we also want to engage on a much wider scale.

"We know that there will be many people who, for whatever reason, will not read the whole document, but we would still like to know what they think about key topic that we have highlighted. 

"We also recognise that there will be many people in different areas, with different interests who many only be interested in certain parts of the plan."

For this reason South Hams District Council are running a number of engagement initiatives over the summer.

This will include a variety of Social Media polls on Facebook and Instagram to capture opinions of perspectives on single topics such as affordable homes and electric vehicles. These posts will be shared with community groups. 

Hard to reach groups, individual community groups, disability groups and those who might not "find" the consultation will be contacted and invited to comment and contribute. This will ensure that the final plan is representative of all of our residents.

The District Council will continue to run the residents, business and visitors opinion surveys, which began in June with face to face engagement and are now available on their website, and the photo competition last week will remain open until 20 August 2021.

South Hams would encourage all residents to send in photos of the District and their community.  Why tell the Council what is important and special about your community, when you can show them? 

Cllr Judy Pearce added: "When we present the final plan back to the District in September, we would like you all to be able to see you and your community represented in some way within the plan.

"If you are looking at this draft today and you think something is missing, then tell us, send us a photo, fill in the survey.  Although this is a high level, aspirational vision for the District, it must represent the District that you know." 

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Issued 21 July 2021


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