REFERENDUM FOR TOCKENHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Most of you will remember that, many years ago, Tockenham started the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan. Initially we worked with the other parishes from our Area Board to produce a group Plan - but, over a period of years, this proved to be impractical - so we concentrated on a Plan solely for Tockenham.
For information, the purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan is to allow a community to have a say in the development of their own area. So, several consultations, including a Housing Survey, were car ried out - thus providing the evidence base for the Plan.
The topics covered within the Plan are - Employment Development, Transport, Facilities, Environment and Development and Housing.
The last consultation was carried out in September 2019 by Wiltshire Council. There followed an Independent Examiner's Report and then W.C. issued a Decision Statement on the Plan in March 2020. Unfortunately Covid came along and has prevented the last stage of consultation - a Final Referendum.
However, I am pleased to report that this Referendum will now be held on Election Day - 6th May. As soon as the format for the Referendum has been decided, I will send round a further communication. In the meantime, you can read the Plan on the Tockenham Parish Council website (please go to News page for Referendum version)
The Tockenham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group appreciate your patience in this process - and would respectfully request that you support the Plan.
Chair of Tockenham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
TOCKENHAM NEEDS YOU.....!
I think that you will all agree that Tockenham is a wonderful place to live. And our residents are always so willing to help when needed.
Well, at the moment, we really need new members to join the Parish Council in order to maintain the way our community runs.
Councillors stand for 4 year terms - after which time they have to stand down and need to re-stand for the next term. Tockenham has a quota of 5 Councillors, but only 3 of the current members intend to re-stand this time. So, we desperately need a couple of residents - who are community minded and are prepared to be active and make decisions on behalf of the community - to step forward.
The role is not particularly onerous and there are only 7 meetings a year - but we would ideally like candidates who are prepared to get involved in outside matters/meetings as well - e.g. liaising with the Parish Steward, the Area Board, the police forum etc.
Nominations for Parish Councillors need to be registered with Wiltshire Council by 8th April.
For more information on what being a Councillor involves, please contact Diana Kirby in the first instance -
- or on 01793 853861 - or you can reply to this email address.
Chair to Tockenham Parish Council