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Help shape the future of Oswestry at masterplan event

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A series of workshops will begin this week to help further shape the future vision for Oswestry as part of the masterplanning process.

The online events will give people the chance to have their say on how they see the future of the town going forward.

The workshops will kick off on the theme of Better Place to Live this Thursday (10 June 2021), looking at public spaces, streets and investment.

Meanwhile, students and parents at The Marches School in the town have also been having their say, reading all the masterplan documents and filling in comment cards at school and home.

Thursday’s workshop, which is being held via MS Teams, will start at 6.30pm and run until 8pm.

Steve Charmley, Chairman of the Future Oswestry Group, said:

“The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to discuss the masterplan vision, key goals and objectives, and how these may be developed to ensure Oswestry will be an even better place to live.

“The discussion will focus on collectively creating a vision for a better place to live and the goals to achieve this, which work for Oswestry. No new material will be presented at the workshop.

“We will also focus on key locations in and around the town and how this could be achieved in these areas. All comments will be captured, shared and fed into the masterplanning process.”

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and planning, added:

“I would also like to the thank the students, parents, teachers and staff at The Marches School for hosting our display and documents this week and feeding back their thoughts and ideas for the future.

“It is absolutely vital that we capture the views of the younger generation and this has been really well supported.

“We are looking forward to these themed discussions, and there will of course be future opportunities for further engagement prior to public consultation on the Masterplan later in the year.”

Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Mark Jones, said:

“The Masterplan is an important document for the future development of the town and key to securing external investment. These workshops give an opportunity for a wide ranging discussion about Oswestry and I’d encourage local people to get involved.”

Adele Nightingale, Oswestry BID Manager, added:

“Oswestry BID encourages as many businesses and residents as possible to get involved in this process.

“The workshops are a great way to offer your thoughts, views and take part in discussions that will be then fed into the Masterplan.

“If you can’t make the workshops please review the details on the Shropshire Council website and email in your observations to the address below.

“Shaping the future of Oswestry is down to all of us and this is an opportunity to be part of that.”

The following workshops are focused on Better Place for Business on Thursday 24 June and Healthy Town on Thursday 8 July.

To book your place on the workshops, please e-mail futureoswestry@shropshire.gov.uk and a meeting invitation will be sent out to you.