Date Published: 04 March 2020
A new partnership board will soon be taking forward the recommendations presented by the Oakham Task and Finish Group in 2018.
The six-person board is called ‘4Oakham’, and its formation has been supported by Rutland County Council. It is made up of members of Oakham’s business and residential community.
The Oakham Task and Finish Group was set up by Rutland County Council’s Growth and Infrastructure Resources Scrutiny Panel in January 2018 to identify improvements to Oakham town centre to benefit all those who use the town – residents, businesses and visitors alike.
The Group’s improvement options and recommendations were presented in December 2018. Since then, members of the Task and Finish Group have been working to establish a community-led mechanism to ensure they are appropriately reviewed and achieved, with the aim of pulling together stakeholders and volunteers to drive the initiatives forward.
"The Oakham Task and Finish Group provided some excellent insight into what is needed to rejuvenate the town. We wanted to ensure these recommendations were taken forward by the community in a sustainable way and are delighted 4Oakham has been established to do this.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
Rutland County Council has provided 4Oakham with seed funding and the potential to bid for further funds to develop and implement plans to revitalise Oakham.
“We may have a long journey ahead of us, but this is an exciting time for Oakham and we will be looking at a range of opportunities to rejuvenate the town including marketing and bringing the town’s businesses together, looking for innovative uses of our vacant units and potential improvement works to our streets and spaces. To achieve this, we will be bidding for funding from a range of sources, including Rutland County Council. This will be a Community initiative, and local businesses and residents will be key to our success so that their aspirations can be realised.”
Thomas Cooper, Chair of 4Oakham
A meeting was held on 3rd March when 4Oakham invited key stakeholder groups from the community to meet with them to agree terms of reference and identify initial priorities to carry Oakham forward.