February 24, 2015
Mya, 9, speaks out on town's future at Highbridge planning meeting

A nine year-old Highbridge youngster's bright ideas grabbed attention during a meeting of Highbridge's Neighbourhood Planning group this week.

Young Mya Carey, right, went along to the meeting to hear the dicussion and she made the audience sit up and take notice when spoke about what needs to be done to help Highbridge grow in the future.

"Mya said that much more should be done to promorte the town and encourage businesses into Highbridge given its excellent transport links, in particular its train station and closeness to the M5," said Cllr Helen Groves, who was present at the meeting.

"She also said more needs to be done to address air pollution and littering in the area to raise its overall profile."

"This young lady's intelligent, well considered contributions are a good demonstration as to why it's so important to engage all residents of our area from the youngest to the eldest."

The meeting, held at the town's Morland Hall, was well attended by residents of the Highbridge area and surrounds.

The group has prioritised its initial areas of work, which will include infrastucture, type, tenure, location and appearance of future development, renewal of existing housing as a policy issue, transport and greenspace and economic regeneration.

It was felt by the group there could be a benefit in establishing two sub groups which would strive to address existing policy issues relating to social housing provision and the management of addiction and crime.

These subgroups which are not planning specific will run alongside and feed into the process.

The next meeting of the Highbridge Topic group will be held on 19th March at 7pm. the meeting is open to all residents in the plan area.


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