Just a quick reminder to anyone who’s seen this Colchester Gazette story on the ideas for Colchester Town Centre. The plans, and other Town Centre issues, are being discussed at tonight’s meeting of the Council’s Policy Review and Development Panel, which starts at 6pm in the Grand Jury Room of the Town Hall.

I’ll try and post a report about the meeting tonight, if there are interesting details to report.

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Those of you with an interest in Colchester Town Centre may be interested to know that it will be the main topic of discussion at the next Policy Review and Development Panel meeting on Wednesday 23rd September. We’ll be discussing the Council’s public realm strategy, a draft lighting strategy for the town centre, and some of the interim findings of the Task and Finish Group looking at the night time economy.

Remember that any member of the public can have their say on an item of the agenda, but you’ll need to be at the meeting at the start to register. It’s at 6pm in the Grand Jury room of the Town Hall, so will be straight after the Castle NAP meeting…which means I’ll have to hot-foot it from one to the other, as I’m a member of both.

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Had a Policy Review and Development Panel meeting tonight, which is a Council committee I quite like being on as it tends to achieve things – even if they are small – and the meetings don’t drag on for hours. More information on everything we discussed here, if you’re interested, including our rather lengthy Tree Policy. Yes, you are allowed to question how many trees were sacrificed to print copies of the policy.

But, the most important thing coming out of there is that it looks as though November will be a busy month, especially for me, as not only is the waste consultation – and I might write a long blog post about that sometime- now scheduled to happen then, but we should also be having another consultation about town centre developments, including the whole question of St Botolph’s and the bus station. Should be interesting, just a question of making sure we have proper consultations, not the usual ‘Do you agree with all our suggestions? Yes/Hell Yes’ type of one, or the Essex County Council-style one, where you consult, get 4,000 responses that disagree with you and then ignore them in favour of the ‘silent majority’.

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