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 town as a whole.
Latest update from the Chair of Oakham Task and Finish Group, Chris Wade:
The terms of reference and final membership of the Oakham Task and Finish Group have been agreed.
The Task and Finish group has been 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, 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.”
Everyone will have the chance to feed into this as part of a community-wide engagement strategy to be agreed and developed by the Task and Finish Group.
The next meeting of the group will take place in April. Once the date has been agreed, it will be published on our Meetings page.
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.