Leiston: Town appraisal results set to be unveiled

RESIDENTS will soon be able to learn more about the results of a survey that could help shape the future of their community.

The results of the Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Appraisal will be unveiled on Monday.

The meeting, at the community centre in King George’s Avenue at 7pm, is open to all.

Pauline Burrell-Saward, chairman of the town appraisal committee, encouraged as many people to go as possible.

Although she would not reveal specifics she said people had been very honest in their answers. “We had a very good response - 47% of the 2,400 households filled in the questionnaires,” she said. “There were questions about pretty much everything you could think of.

“I don’t want to give too much away but people have been very forthright in their views, which is great because otherwise there wouldn’t have been much point in doing it.”

The town appraisal committee was set up 18 months ago at the request of the town council but has since been completely independent from the authority. Monday night’s meeting will also be a chance to thank the 50 or so volunteers who helped complete the project.

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Mrs Burrell-Saward said they had also complied an action plan to present to the town council.

As well as every household in Leiston-cum-Sizewell the questionnaires were also sent to local businesses and youngsters at the high school.

It focused on issues including housing, traffic, crime, shopping, the possibility of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell and the future development of the town.

It was funded by the town council, county councillor Richard Smith’s locality budget and Leiston and District Community Partnership, with support from Suffolk Acre.

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