Please be aware that the road closure for Chard Carnival will be from 6pm on Saturday 13th of October.
For more information please visit the Chard Carnival website: https://www.chardcarnival.co.uk/chard-carnival-information.
AN UPDATE FROM SOUTH SOMERSET DISTRICT COUNCIL
Over the past month, you’ve been telling us what you think about our ambitious plans to regenerate Chard.
It comes after a successful launch of our public consultation which was attended by more than 500 residents at the Guildhall in June which offered an opportunity to learn more about the Chard Regeneration Scheme.
The scheme focuses on regenerating the Boden Mill site in the centre of the town, and proposed components could include a new leisure centre and swimming pool, alongside a blend of housing and commercial developments. In addition to this, the scheme proposes a number of other measures to boost business in the town, support events and revitalise the market. You can find more details below.
The consultation will continue until September but here are five things you’ve told us about the proposals so far:
- You would love to see more green and open spaces for the community where public events could be held
- You would like to see a new leisure centre including a swimming pool provided alongside affordable attractions for young people
- You would like more places to eat and socialise
- The idea of creating a community hub is something you would welcome
- You would like to see the scheme incorporate ways of helping small, independent retailers and welcomed the idea of a covered market
Comments have also covered issues including public transport, parking spaces and the importance of preserving the character of the town. South Somerset District Council wants the community to help shape these plans and the comments it has already received, along with what you tell us in the future, will all be considered in the final proposals.
Further consultation events are planned at one of the Council’s popular Play Day events in Chard in August and another in Chard in September. You can also continue to have your say online at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/business/chard-regeneration/ – where you can also view the current proposals – or use the suggestion box at The Guildhall. Additionally, you can email chard.refresh@SouthSomerset.Gov.uk.
Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Economic Development, said, “We were thrilled to share our vision and proposals with the community and hear your feedback on the key elements you would like to see in the regeneration of the town. We want residents and businesses to be at the heart of these plans so it’s so important that you continue to let us know what you think.
“We’re determined that we will deliver on our promise to make these proposals a reality.”
Here’s a brief guide to what is proposed as part of the Chard Regeneration Scheme:
New Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool
A brand new leisure centre is suggested in the plans, on the former ACI factory site, that would include improved facilities for the local community and visitors. Proposed facilities could include a swimming pool, café and studio space. This aims to provide a high quality, modern, new development to support health and wellbeing for residents, and increased footfall from people visiting the town.
Within the proposals, the Boden Mill itself is envisioned as a cultural and public sector hub, with everything the community needs in one space. The ground floor could include a variety of services, such as the library, museum, a learning hub and a customer hub where residents can speak to their local team. It may also include residential units on the upper floors.
The Council believes that public space in the town centre could be even better so that the community can enjoy it to the full. With this in mind the proposals suggest a new, attractive, open public space in the town that the community can use for a variety of purposes and functions. This versatile space could be used by the community as a place for social gatherings, public art, family play areas, and community events. There will also be space allocated for car and coach parking.
Supporting local businesses and additional options
There is also potential to consider different elements within Boden Mill and the public space, including a medical centre, business units, a covered market and a play area. What’s more, the scheme is about more than just physical changes, and will include ongoing support for local businesses and residents. It will support local and independent businesses with special events and promotions, develop the current market, improve broadband connectivity and provide business advice.
South Somerset District Council has announced a public consultation on proposals to regenerate Chard. Following research and high level feasibility assessments, an ambitious strategy has been developed which will bring exciting changes to Chard and the community. The focus of the consultation will be an event to be held at The Guildhall on Saturday 16 June between 10am and 1pm (3 hours). Residents and businesses will also be able to view proposals on line (www.southsomerset.gov.uk).
The scheme focuses on regenerating the Boden Mill site in the centre of the town, and includes a range of uses that will be revealed as part of the consultation. In addition, the scheme proposes a number of other measures to boost business in the town, support events and revitalise the market. At the public consultation, members of the public can hear more about the scheme, explore the core elements through visual aids and give feedback on the proposed changes.
Jeb Farrah (MBA) has also been announced as Project Manager for the scheme, and will oversee the development and implementation in Chard’s town centre. Ms Farrah has a wealth of experience managing successful, large-scale projects on behalf of the public and voluntary sector, which includes housing delivery programmes and construction projects.
Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Economic Development, stated, “Our aim for the Chard regeneration scheme is to revitalise the town and encourage more people to visit, boosting the local economy and creating more opportunities for residents. It is important to us that the scheme is driven by clear and tangible benefits to the community, and the public consultation event will be an excellent opportunity for people to hear more about what this will entail and to provide feedback on some of the proposed changes.”
Alex Parmley, South Somerset District Council’s Chief Executive, said, “This redevelopment is about so much more than just the physical changes. We want to create a vibrant town centre that brings people back to Chard and benefits the whole community. The scheme has the interests of the residents at its heart and we look forward to hearing their views on these exciting new proposals.”
The public consultation event will take place between 10am-1pm on Saturday 16 June at The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard, Somerset TA20 1PP. There will be a children’s area available with resources from the library, for families who wish to attend. Those who cannot make the event can view the proposals and submit feedback via the website from Saturday 16 June, or use the suggestion box at The Guildhall.
Could your group benefit from a Council grant?
Each year Chard Town Council awards a limited number of grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in order to help meet its priorities and to benefit the residents of Chard.
The grants are awarded to organisations whose aims meet at least one of the 5 priorities set by Chard Town Council:
- To enable residents to enjoy high quality social, recreational and cultural facilities within the town and to seek the continuing improvement and development of these facilities in accordance with the desires expressed by the residents
- To encourage and promote the economic and commercial vitality of Chard in a way that encourages sustainable employment opportunities, housing and business facilities
- To preserve the unique identity of Chard and promote its heritage and its environment
- To help create a socially inclusive and caring community, which embraces all its residents equally, seeking to develop their well-being, knowledge, understanding and mutual co-operation
- To encourage the positive development of young people and provide high quality social, recreational, health and wellbeing opportunities for them
This is a great opportunity for local organisations to utilise the grant to help with their running costs or overall activities and keep on providing important services to the people of Chard.
The maximum amount available through the Annual Grant scheme is £1,000 per organisation.
We would like to invite applicants to apply, to the Town Clerk outlining the aims of the organisation, the Council priorities that they meet and what the funds will be used for.
Closing date: Please return forms to the Town Clerk by Friday 8th June 2018 12:00 Noon