A PLAN outlining a vision for the future of Long Sutton has been launched.
The Long Sutton Community Led Plan was formally released in an event at the Market House, which attracted 70 people, and it details residents’ views on what’s good about the town and what it needs to do to improve.
The document is the result of two years’ work and shows how people in the town want to see the Bull Hotel transformed, want to keep their current market intact and are keen to come together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next summer.
The plan was put together by a steering committee headed by Father Jonathan Sibley of St Mary’s Church and can be used as evidence of public support for grant funding applications and must be looked at when things such as district planning frameworks are looked at.
Fr Sibley said people had been largely positive about Long Sutton and were keen to keep the things they enjoy about the town and add to them.
He said: “We are very pleased with how it has come together – it has been the result of fairly intensive community consultation.
“There’s a good community spirit, that’s the essence of the town, the sense of well being.
“Obviously we know we need to have some kind of development of housing and business but it needs to be in keeping with what’s already here.”
The document can be read at the library, St Mary’s Church and Market House and contains a foreword by MP John Hayes, who describes Long Sutton as a “jewel”.
He writes: “Free from the effect of the soulless, ubiquitous national retailers that have done so much damage to other small market towns, Long Sutton’s communal heartbeat is strong and healthy.”
The attentions of community plan organisers are already turning to next year’s jubilee celebrations.
Plans for the royal occasion so far include:
nan afternoon tea party event somewhere in the town
nan evening of folk, jazz, school band and rhythm and blues music in the Market Place
na community procession
na tea dance afternoon, and
na proms in the park event featuring King’s Lynn Town Band on the weekend of June 3 and 4 which will see the parish beacon lit and fireworks set off.
Anyone who wants to get involved in the Diamond Jubilee events can go along to a meeting at the Market House at 7pm on December 5.
nDownload the plan at www.longsuttonchurch.org www.longsuttonmarkethouse.org and www.longsuttoncommunity.info