ESJF NEWSLETTER 11
Forum sends 2 proposals to City Council’s planning consultation
Exeter St James Forum has submitted two representations to Exeter City Council’s Sites Allocation and Development Management consultation. The consultation period was due to end on 14 September but has been extended to 28 September.
To strengthen our draft neighbourhood plan’s proposed policies, we have asked the planners to consider specific references to St James for:
- Queen’s Crescent garden to be designated as a local green space (DM29), in addition to the existing open space. Members of the Forum, local residents and many others have told us you would like the garden to become a community green area.
- City centre end of Longbrook Street to be designated a secondary shopping area (DM18). The opening of John Lewis and plans to regenerate the bus and coach station will bring more shoppers to this end of the city centre. The designation would add weight to our aim to support local businesses.
Let us know if you would like to see the full representations: firstname.lastname@example.org
St James neighbourhood plan consultation starts next month
Consultation on our draft plan is due to start in the first half of October and run to the end of November. This is the Forum’s consultation with you, local residents and people with an interest in the future of St James.
More about the draft plan, how it will be publicised, how to get copies, where to send your comments – all to be announced in our next News.
@SidwellStreetOnline – New Inter-Generational Digital Learning Project
An exciting and innovative project to provide inter-generational learning opportunities is now underway. Run by Exeter College with local partners including ESJF, @SidwellStreetOnline is funded by the Government's Skills Funding Agency following a successful bid to the Community Learning Innovation Fund.
There will be two phases, the first involving 19 – 24 year olds, for whom traditional educational opportunities for one reason or another have not been suitable, and members of the older generation for whom internet technology is a non-accessible mystery.
Based at St Sidwell's Centre, young adults will be invited to train as Community Learning Champions who will then help demystify aspects of computers and the internet for older learners to gain confidence in using them for their own needs and interests. The second phase will see both generations working side by side and learning from each other as they work on projects of joint interest. One idea is to produce a video recording the social history of Sidwell Street.
The post of Community Engagement Worker is being advertised. Anyone interested is encouraged to read the job description CLICK. More information about the project can be found on CLICK. The appointment will be made later this month.
Although the project is called @SidwellStreetOnline, anyone living in St James or Newtown is eligible to apply to take part if they fit either the 19-24 year old or senior citizen categories described above. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about becoming a participant, please see the call for volunteers on the Website Noticeboard, and seize this great opportunity by calling Laura on 07771386413.
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