There has been a lot of activity going on behind the scenes lately, with members of the Neighbourhood Plan team having meetings with New Forest District Council, Hampshire Highways, and Totton and Eling Town Council.

One of the biggest takeaways from September's Neighbourhood Plan meeting was the sense that the work of the Neighbourhood Plan group is proving more and more valuable to Council officers, and they know to talk to us if they want to consult residents. You can find the full minutes/transcript of the meeting here.

As of the time of writing this blog, we have another presentation to give to the Full Council of Totton and Eling Town Council. Any residents who are interested in hearing our full presentation can go to the Palm Room of Totton and Eling Community Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 29th September. As well as giving an update to our town councillors there will also be a discussion about the future of the Neighbourhood Plan group, and the support we need to continue. You can view the Agenda/minutes of the Full Council meeting here when they become available.

New Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Group

Our last announcement is that our current chair Caroline Rackham will be stepping down. Caroline has done a fantastic job at steering the Neighbourhood Plan group over the last 2 and a half years, and we're very pleased that while she has decided it's the right time for her to step down as chair that she will remain an active member of the committee.

Are you interested in standing for Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan group? If you have any questions please get in touch with Caroline who will be happy to speak with you. The position is open to any interested residents. Candidates will be invited to speak to the group at the next Neighbourhood plan meeting, before the committee votes in the new chair.

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On the 31st July we held our first in-person consultation event since the start of the pandemic. The event was a big success, with more than 40 people coming to speak with us and join in our activities to get people thinking about the future of Totton. Special thanks to Richard Lewis for designing the consultation poster for us, and to all the committee members who helped to spread the word.

Collecting your views makes a huge difference to our work, often providing us with new ideas or giving us a better sense of what people like or feel about various options and proposals. This is all data that we can collate and present as part of the Neighbourhood Plan, and also information that we can feed to the Town Council, District Council and County Council.

Thanks to everyone that came along in July. We'll be running more in-person events over the next year. If you'd like to be the first to know when the next event will be do join the Neighbourhood Plan mailing list by getting in contact with us.

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This website has now been up and running for almost a year, and we hope that many residents have had the opportunity to take a look through some of the information here. This website is intended to be a holding place of key information, including what a neighbourhood plan is, and some overviews of what the plan looks like so far.

We’re keen to increase our accessibility and outreach going forward, and we hope that this blog can provide some easily digestible information and key updates that can be shared online easily.

We’re racking up a good few years of work on this project now, and things are really starting to come together. We started with general consultations to gather information, drafted our initial plan, and are consulting on that initial plan and making amendments. As things are now fleshing out, we are bringing in more stakeholders and looking at more ways that we can present our findings in an accessible way (such as making our meeting minutes available).

Check-in with our blog for more updates in the future. And as always, if you want the full scoop then please come to a future Neighbourhood Plan meeting (open to all residents of Totton and Eling).