A major step towards the creation of Surrey Heath’s first Neighbourhood Forum was taken last night (26th April) when residents and businesses from Deepcut approved the constitution for the new Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum.
Part of David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’, Neighbourhood Forums are part of the Localism Act, assented in November 2011, which empowers local people and communities to prepare their own neighbourhood plans.
It is chaired by Angela Michell, one of the driving forces in the Deepcut Liaison Group which has worked tirelessly to ensure that the planned development on the Princess Royal Barracks is sympathetic to the rural village of Deepcut.
“We felt it was imperative that we expand the work that we have done to protect our rural community. With Government and Council cutbacks on the way it is the best way of protecting both our area and our way of life. It provides a voice for the community to tackle issues that really matter, such as parking, crime, policing and schools.
“With the proposed development of Princess Royal Barracks, planning is a major issue for our community and we want to ensure that our concerns are not only heard but listened to by all the relevant parties. This new Neighbourhood Forum will ensure this happens,” says Angela.