This public consultation document has been delivered to around 6,800 addresses – residential and business – across the seven parishes comprising the Neighbourhood Plan Area.

The document sets out the ambitious Vision and Themes that the Steering Group has developed and now asks you to say what you feel about them. There is a pull-out response form in the middle of the document with a FREEPOST reply envelope but you can also respond through the on-line survey, which has exactly the same questions, on the Neighbourhood Plan website:

Responding on-line means that all members of your household can have their say, you can save the Steering Group the cost of the return postage charged by Royal Mail and at the same time help us – all the views will be automatically added up so the results can be seen much sooner.

You can also hand in your response, sealed in the envelope, to Diss Town Council offices.

The closing date for responses is Friday 16th March but, please, don’t wait until the last minute but read the document and respond to it now – it is

Your Plan, Your Future – Your Choice, Your Voice.

Open Forum – Palgrave Community Centre – Friday 16th February

Residents of the three Mid Suffolk Parishes were invited to this event and about 50 residents from Palgrave and Stuston attended. The meeting was opened by Cllr Val Pudney, chairman of Palgrave Parish Council and its representative on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and she then handed over to Mike Bootman, permanent chairman of the Steering Group.
Mike worked through the background to the Plan and this consultation, described the content of the document and explained the purpose of the survey questionnaire. Those present asked a number of very relevant questions which were answered as far as can be at this point in time. Those present were able to see how issues that they had raised previously in parish-led meetings are being carried through into the various Themes in the Plan.
It was pleasing to see so many people from Stuston attending alongside those from Palgrave, all having a keen interest in what the future might mean. Roger Greenacre, chairman of Stuston Parish Meeting and Steve Leigh, both representatives on the Steering Group, were there too.
More information is available on the website where you can also sign up for news updates and to volunteer to help with the work. It is, after all, your Community’s Plan.