Published: 16/01/2017 11:20 - Updated: 16/01/2017 11:35

Forres 2020 Vision out in near future

THE RESULTS of the Forres 2020 Vision consultation events will be released early in 2017.

The final Forres 2020 Vision map consultation was at Forres Academy in December.
The final Forres 2020 Vision map consultation was at Forres Academy in December.

Following four public sessions in the Town Hall with a 3D model of Forres, the working group ran a final session in Forres Academy in December with pupils from S4 to S6.

In total, over 300 members of the local community attended the model building phase of the project and another 400 took part in the consultations. The placed small flags on the map highlighting how issues, needs and solutions related to green spaces, public land and buildings in the area could be addressed.

Representatives from groups including Forres Business Association, Forres Sports Hub and Forres Community Council took part in the consultation.

Moray Council community support officer Sylvia Jamieson confirmed the model was also displayed in windows along Forres High Street in the lead up to it.  

She said: “Following consultations at the Town Hall and with youth clubs, an analysis was done of age groups of those who attended. 

“There was a good spread across most age groups apart from late teens and early 20s; we had a good turn out from primary aged children via the youth clubs. 

“Therefore the upper classes at Forres academy were targeted to make sure we had good representation across all ages. 

“Representatives from groups including Forres Business Association, Forres Sports Hub and Forres Community Council took part in the consultation.

“The results are being entered into a database by Moray Council to make them easier to analyse.” 

A report is to be prepared by a local authority research and information officer before being presented to the Forres 2020 Vision working group. 

This will identify the top themes ahead of a public privatisation event.

Ms Jamieson explained: “Partners and themes will depend on what the analysed data shows.  

“The event will be facilitated with themed sessions; folk will be able to choose if they want to attend all themes or just the one that interests them. 

“For example, if crime and safety issues are a top themes, the police will be the community planning partner invited. 

“Likewise, if community facilities is a top theme, representatives from the relevant Moray Council department such as lands and parks will attend.”

Attendees will prioritise actions into high, medium and low priority, looking at how they can be practically achieved and by.

The resulting action plan will show the main issues in the different areas around town and the most popular new ideas. 

Ms Jamieson added: “The Action Plan will identify the priorities in order and identify practical ideas.

“A group or agency, or both, will take ownership of the project and make it happen but no one organisation will be responsible for all actions as everyone is involved.”

The priorisitation event will take place in January or February and the results will inform the action plan for Forres to be launched in the Spring.

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