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Oakham Town Centre

Oakham Town Centre

Following the unanimous approval of a motion at Full Council on Monday 15th January, a task and finish group has been established to consider the future of Oakham.

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Terms of Reference and outcome of the group

The Task and Finish group was set up with community-wide representation by Rutland County Council’s Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Panel to look at ideas for improving the town.   

At the Scrutiny Panel meeting on Thursday 22nd March 2018, Oakham Residents’ Group were the final group to be co-opted to the Task and Finish Group.   

Terms of reference were also agreed with work to focus on “improving Oakham town centre for the benefit of residents, businesses, the wider town, villages and visitors.”  

The community fed into the process as part of a community-wide engagement strategy, which was developed by the Task and Finish Group and culminated in the presentation of recommendations to Rutland County Council Full Council on 17th December 2018.

View the Terms of Reference

The recommendation reports and minutes of the 17th December Full Council meeting can be found here

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View our Meetings page to see the date of the next Oakham Task and Finish Group Meeting.

Independent Chair Person

Chris Wade is the independent Chair of the Oakham Task and Finish Group. 

Chris has over 20 years’ experience of running place-making businesses at a local and national level including 12 years as Chief Executive of the charity, Towns Alive. 

Previously, Chris served as a member of the UK Government’s Future High Street Forum and has held leading roles in town centre regeneration networks in Scotland and Wales. 

In 2014 Chris formed the People & Places Partnership Ltd. to provide ‘hands-on’ research, guidance and project management on community-led town centre regeneration, including practical parking solutions. 

Chris has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for his national contribution to the regeneration of small towns and has recently been appointed by the Local Government Association to develop national guidance for members on town centre regeneration.