In an exciting development for Ham and Petersham, local residents and community groups have joined together to apply to the council to be designated as a neighbourhood forum.
The neighbourhood forum is a new idea for local communities to have a say in local planning for their area. We are the first in the London Borough of Richmond, although there are over 500 nationally and 70 within London. Local organisations see the forum as an opportunity to create a common vision for Ham and Petersham. Andrew Beedham from HUG (Ham United Group) has been spearheading the initiative.
The next step is to involve the voluntary and community sector and service providers in talking together, building on our ideas, to produce a neighbourhood plan. This could include big schemes but also small-scale improvements and changes that everyone can aspire to. The application to form a neighbourhood forum was signed by local residents, representatives of local schools, faith groups, health providers, community groups, businesses, youth groups and others.
This is an exciting time, with the Neighbourhood Forum giving us the perfect opportunity to make our voices heard and shape our area. We want to produce a neighbourhood plan that embodies an agreed vision of the future for Ham and Petersham, and claim money that will help make this vision into a reality.
10 December Public Meeting
There will be a third public meeting on Tuesday 10 December at 7.30 at Grey Court School to which everyone is invited.
The meeting will give an update on the Forum application, a chance to look at some of the ideas from the last meeting and to identify some ideas to turn into action. We will also have an update on the local development sites in the area. You might like to bring some questions for the Forum team as there will be a question and answer session at the end.
The ideas from the last meeting can be found here
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