Kington Town Council is committed to engaging as widely as possible with local residents, organisations and businesses. We recognise the importance of representing the community we have been elected to represent, and to ensure that we take account of all community interests in the decisions we take.
There is a Community Engagement Strategy - click HERE
for more information.
A key area for community engagement at present is the development of the Neighbourhood Plan
A number of consultation events have taken place over the life of the current, and previous, council on a range of key topics. These include housing provision, transport and the environment. The Neighbourhood Plan is building on the work that was undertaken for the Kington Local Area Plan
, which also identified issues which go beyond the planning focus of the Neighbourhood Plan.
A wide range of methods were used during this process, including meetings, focus groups, Planning for Real and surveys. Kington Town Council is using the results of the public consultations during the KLAP process to assist in formulating its 4 year strategy.
The Kington Centre and Library
Other consultations included a workshop on the development of the Kington Centre (AKA the Library). This is a pilot project for Herefordshire Council, extending the role of libraries to play a wider role in community well-being. (Click HERE
to read the report from a seminar of local groups and representatives held in 2015). This innovative partnership, between the Town Council and Herefordshire Council, demonstrates the Town Council’s response to widespread concerns in the town about the possible loss of the library as a result of Herefordshire Council’s budget cuts.
Kington Library - Not only books and CDs
Kington Library offers lots of other activities of which many people are unaware. There is now a Library Development Group, consisting of local library users who value the library and all its services. This group meets to plan ways in which to support the library, and, to plan extra events in the library. See more at /_VirDir/CoreContents/News/Display.aspx?id=3169