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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 town as a whole.

Update from the Chair of Oakham Task and Finish Group, Chris Wade:

The Oakham Town Task and Finish Group met on Tuesday (March 6) for an initial scoping exercise to draft terms of reference and look at membership of the group, with recommendations going to the Council’s Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Panel on 22 March 2018.      

There was a strong willingness from all those involved to work together in looking at opportunities to improve Oakham town centre for the benefit of businesses, the wider town 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 Group. 

It was agreed to looking at expanding the membership with one additional community representative from a group which satisfies the following criteria:

  • It must have a formal constitution 
  • Meetings must be held in public
  • Evidence of nomination of a named representative put forward by that by that group
  • Effective channels of communication with members and stakeholder groups

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

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.