We had the first formal meeting for the new Launceston Community Network last night and agreed the formal set up of the new panel which I will chair for the next year.
The Network is the local face of Cornwall Council. It includes representatives from the 16 parishes and the town council as well as the Launceston Forum. The Police and the Health Service are also standing members and we will be inviting lots of other groups to come along to chat about issues that matter to them. But the panel is not a closed shop. The aim is to reach out to as many people as possible and have large attendances and good debate at meetings.
The panel will meet every quarter and will theme its meetings to issues of local concern. The next meeting will be on 15th April in Boyton and will be discussing two key issues:
- the TRAC project which aims to create a trail linking the Devon border (and the Granite Trail) with the existing Camel Trail, and
- play areas across the whole of the Launceston network area.
We'll be issuing invitations to lots of local groups in due course. But if you area interested in either of these subjects, please put the date in your diary and come along.
As well as these themed meetings, a lot of work will continue behind the scenes. The Network has a local manager - Mark O'Brien - and support assistant - Rosemary Stone - who will do a lot of the hard work. And we are supporting the Launceston Forum to refresh their excellent Launceston 20/20 plan as the outline for how our area can develop. Part of this work will include public consultation and themed meetings - more on this when the details are decided.