The ‘Our Sneinton’ Project has helped spread the word about Neighbourhood
Planning in support of Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum. The energy and enthusiasm
among local people to have their say on improving quality of life in Sneinton
have really shone out.
There is a real appetite for community activism in
Sneinton, however fighting immediate problems absorbs much of the energy, and
forward planning takes a lower priority. In common with many urban areas we
have to recognize that people have less capacity for direct involvement in
developing a Neighbourhood Plan compared to a ‘leafy suburb’ or village.
Ironically of course, we need to plan ahead to tackle
the big challenges we face: isolation, community cohesion, health, economic
prospects and wellbeing can all be improved by better community ownership of
the neighbourhood, improved buildings and better public spaces. A Neighbourhood
Plan is really needed.
Tom Hughes, Steering Group member of the Forum said: “Our
Sneinton has helped identify the community’s diversity, and multitude of
differing needs. We now have a clearer picture of the geographical and
political patchwork of Sneinton, which naturally makes it difficult for people
to think in terms of ‘area wide’ solutions.
“That said, a lot of work on building cohesion has
already been done, the foundations of a Neighbourhood Plan have been laid, and
a clear roadmap has been produced for our future work. Thank you Our Sneinton!”
Above: Sneinton patchwork, by Laura Alvarez