How you can help shape Yate's future
PEOPLE who live, work or shop in Yate are being urged to give their views on a plan being developed to help shape the future of the town.
South Gloucestershire Council is carrying out a public consultation on the Yate Masterplan, which runs until September 13.
The council says the Masterplan will set out a long-term vision for the town over the next 15 to 20 years, and consider how changes in the ways that we live, work and travel will impact on its future.
It covers six 'key themes' - community, movement, economy, town centre, "healthy, happy people" and the environment.
Four areas are in particular focus: the town centre, the railway station and surrounding area, the industrial estates and Station Road.
It also includes a ‘movement vision’, to support alternative forms of travel and transport.
The Masterplan intends to involve the community, residents and businesses in making the most of what Yate has to offer, and looking at what needs to be improved, for the benefit of future generations.
Issues include reducing congestion, creating opportunities for young people, maintaining economic prosperity, creating new wildlife habitats, making nature more accessible, and supporting an ageing population.
After an initial public engagement exercise when the plan was launched last year, the consultation is the next opportunity for people to give their feedback.
A series of online workshops with residents, businesses, councillors and community groups is being held throughout July.
They include sessions for Station Road residents and businesses on July 7, industrial estate businesses on July 14, a public session on July 21, one for councillors on July 22 and one for community groups on July 28. All of the sessions run from 7pm until 8.30pm.
South Gloucestershire Council cabinet member Steve Reade said: “Yate is our largest town, and the Masterplan is an opportunity for us to work closely and constructively with our partners, and most importantly the local community, to help it achieve its fullest potential over the next 15-20 years.
"There have been so many changes to the ways we live, work and travel over the past 18 months, of course, but the trends towards more sustainable travel, to improving our climate and protecting our environment were already key priorities for us all. I am keen to hear what more ideas local people have to help us build on what we know and adapt as we plan for a town that will flourish and thrive into the future."
Chris Willmore, a Yate Town Council representative on the Masterplan steering group, said: "There’s been too little major investment in the town for years and to get the money people want for new facilities. This plan offers a chance of getting that investment.
"We think there are some really good ideas here. But, like all proposals for major change, there will be bits people like, and bits people don’t like.
"At this stage nothing is set in concrete, so we really want residents to have a look and let us know their vision for the future of our town."
For more information on the Masterplan visit yatefuture.com online.
Comments can be made via the South Gloucestershire Council consultations page, consultations.southglos.gov.uk/YateMasterplan.
Hard copies of the consultation are available from Yate One Stop Shops on Kennedy Way and Wellington Road, and at Yate Library.
To sign up for an online workshop, email email@example.com for a link and joining instructions.
Anyone who is not online and wants more details about the consultation can call 01454 868154.