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Community Plan Update

Updated June 2018

In 2013 Frome Town Council ran two consultation activities within the Frome community, "Participate Frome", which was community wide, and a "Frome Youth Consultation".  The information produced on what Frome and its young people then wanted to see happen in the town was a good basis for V4F to look at the content of the Frome Community plan 2008 - 20028, to gauge whether it was still current or if it needed a bit of a refresh.

We therefore joined with the Town Council to have a consultant review the details and reports from these two consultations, and identfiy where, if actually needed, the Community Plan should be amended. This work, in 2014, showed that the Plan was still very current.  Only three new objectives were required, and an additional 15 projects to add to the existing 130; some projects were complete or were no longer applicable.  

Subseqent work was to be considered based on the many other such consultations in focused areas that have been done since the May 2009 Plan delivery date.  It was also to be assessed if any further new and open community consultation was needed.  One thing we didn't want to do was spend money and people's time to go through similar consultations as were done previously to get the same result and add to general "consultation fatigue".

However, this work was put on hold pending better visibility on what the newly elected Town Council intended to do, in setting out its strategy for its four year programme.  It was understood that some Council document or plan was likely to emerge dealing with both the short and longer term needs within the town.

The means by which the Council aimed to do its business also changed quite radically, with a focus on Panels where specific subject areas were addressed (e.g. Wellbeing & the Town Centre).  The task of the Panels was to provide recommendatins for a monthly full Town Council meeting to deal with.  V4F looked forward to taking a full part in these Panels, using the Community Plan as it is as a point of reference, and assessing where the results of the panels might need to be assimilated into an updated Community Plan.

Although now 2018, the results and principles outlined above are still quite current.The Town Council now has custodianship of the plan, and V4F has passed over its residual funds of some £6000 plus to be ring fenced to fund any updates seen to be needed. A number of Council run community connection methods are either in place or are contemplated as a further Frome Community consultation, all of which will offer current community aspirations or views to help in any such update.

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