HEMPSTED could one day by the new ‘gateway to Gloucester’, a new village group has said.
Village residents and businesses alike are being given a helping hand by the new Hempsted Community Forum.
It has been set up to give local people a stronger voice when it comes to planning applications and tackling key issues such as the economy, flooding and sustainable transport.
Next month the group is hoping city councillors will approve their plans to development a neighbourhood area plan for Hempsted village.
The group will not be able to make decisions on planning applications, but will be able to voice the collective feelings of residents and offer recommendations to councillors.
Chairman Steve Loughlan said: “With the Gloucester Rowing Club’s plans to build a new facility and the Barn Owl Centre’s new visito centre plans, Hempsted could become the gateway to Gloucester.
“I don’t feel just the Cathedral and the Docks is enough to get people to come off the motorway and visit, but if they came here, to the Barn Owl Centre and then took a water taxi to the Docks you then have quite a unique visitor experience.
“That is just one possible vision but a forum like this can help businesses and residents come together.”
The group has already held a workshop with residents and six more are planned. They will also be hosting an open day event in the coming weeks to encourage residents to get involved.
They have dedicated themselves to giving 2,500 hours of voluntary work and Mr Loughlan has already headed up a team of litter pickers to help clean up the area.
The group will be the first in the city to lead on the creation of a neighbourhood plan.
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