Have your say on town’s future growth

Steering group members Nigel Cheetham, mayor Alan Dunn and Cllr Pam Whiting.
Steering group members Nigel Cheetham, mayor Alan Dunn and Cllr Pam Whiting.

Town officials have encouraged residents to have their say on the future of Higham Ferrers at a consultation this weekend.

The event, taking place on Saturday, September 28 at the town hall, will let members of the public have their say on how they want the town to grow over the next 20 years.

Warning that no development is not viable, the plans outline three different options which could see as many as 1,000 new homes built by 2031. Higher level plans mean a minimum of 590 homes must be built.

Chairman of the steering group, Nigel Cheetham, said anybody who wanted to get more fully involved with the process should get in touch.

He said: “What we are trying to do is respond to the concerns people have about living in Higham. We have also been looking for volunteers to give it as much credibility as possible.”

A particular appeal for community representatives with an interest in joining the communications, community facilities and economy, education and tourism project teams.

“It’s to involve the community, rather than just being the town council,” added town clerk Sandra Mitcham.