£20million blueprint for town investment


Emily Davies

A BLUEPRINT for the investment of £20 million in Oswestry is finally coming together today (Tuesday) following the launch of the town’s neighbourhood plan.

The Oswestry 2020 partnership is urging residents to stand up and be counted through the 20-question consultation which will help determine local priorities for multi-million pound investment after the town was selected as frontrunner in the Government scheme.

Launched today, the survey will be available online, at schools, local events, and via street surveys between now and the New Year with the aim of giving those who live and work here an opportunity to have their say. Additional information will also appear in the Advertizer.

Councillor Martin Bennett, Chairman of the Oswestry 2020 Steering Group said although dozens of steering group volunteers and community organisation have been working with Oswestry Town Council, Shropshire Council and local consultants to identify key issues facing Oswestry, it was important that the plan was community-led.

Voicing his hope that the initiative would “go viral”, he added: “There will also be a part of the Oswestry 2020 survey dedicated for trade and businesses and we hope the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce will encourage all members to complete the survey and pass on the website address to anyone else in order to promote the survey.”

Alongside the consultation, which has been assisted by Resources for Change, will be a string of local events between now and Christmas, kicking off with a street stall on Friday at the Morrisons store on Beatrice Street between 9-11am, before it moves to the Co-Op on Victoria Road between 11.30-1.30pm.

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