Have your say on the future of Yate with new masterplan
PEOPLE who live or work in Yate are being asked how they would like to see the town improved.
South Gloucestershire Council is launching a masterplan for the town – and wants to give residents and businesses a chance to help shape its future.
Launching a dedicated website to get the public involved in its "long-term vision and ideas for improving Yate", the council said: "We want the local community to tell us what they would like to see featured in the forthcoming masterplan which will be developed using the feedback received."
The town council and Yate Shopping Centre are also involved in the project, called the Yate Town Improvement Masterplan, which aims to "build on and enhance the town’s existing strengths to ensure it remains a great place to live, work and visit".
The council's "public engagement exercise" runs until November 16.
People can look at the council's ideas and make comments on a dedicated website, Yatefuture.com, which has been set up to enable the local community to view the vision and potential opportunities for Yate and have their say through an interactive map and feedback form.
The plan has been split into six areas: community, movement, economy, town centre, healthy happy people and environment.
Among the ideas in the community section are: "Promoting a strong sense of identity, community and belonging for both young and old people," and "introducing opportunities for arts and culture."
The movement section includes "promoting more active ways of travelling, such as cycling and walking," reducing CO2 emissions and "making space on existing roads for pedestrians".
The economy section aims at achieving "sustainable growth" and includes new training opportunities and "creating attractive places to live and work to attract the best talent".
The council says public responses will "help refine emerging ideas and identify new opportunities to be included in the masterplan", before it is put to public consultation next year.
Council cabinet member for planning, transport and the strategic environment Steve Reade said: “We are encouraging local people and business in the area to view our ideas for Yate and to provide their feedback through the dedicated website Yatefuture.com.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to have their say and play a part in shaping the future of the town and to help ensure Yate continues to be a great place to live, work, shop and socialise for all ages.”
Yate town councillor John Gawn said: “This is an opportunity for all residents, businesses, voluntary groups and visitors to have their say on what you would like us to focus our efforts on over the coming years to make Yate an even greater place to live and work.
"We urge everyone to please take some time out to read the proposals and let us know your views.”
Shopping centre manager Andrew Lowrey said: “To help our shops and the economy of Yate thrive in what will be challenging times ahead, we need to consider what will further enhance our offer so people continue to shop and work local.
"We ask all visitors to the town centre to respond and local businesses to consider what would help them and their employees before responding to this engagement on the future of Yate.”
The council says the masterplan will be developed alongside the new South Gloucestershire Local Plan and "reflect"national, regional and local strategies and plans.