Survey on town future asks people what they want for Faversham
SAY what you like about Faversham – that was the spirit of the first Faversham 2020 meeting on Saturday.
From benches to buses, car parks to community spirit, everything was on the agenda as hundreds of townspeople piled into the Alexander Centre to have their say.
Charity Action for Market Towns was commissioned by Faversham Town Council to put the survey together.
Organiser Alison Eardley said: "As a charity we try to support the town centres.
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"Shops today suffer from competition, particularly from the internet.
"We hear a lot of complaints about the big supermarkets damaging towns but it is not that clear-cut. We have to find ways to preserve our market towns.
"We want to raise the profile and ask people what they like and don't like and how they would like to improve their town.
"Housing is a massive issue. The government is very pro-development at the moment and while towns may not necessarily have a say on whether houses are built they may have a greater say on where they are built and what they look like."
Over the coming months the 2020 project will compile views about the town using an online survey to create a Town Action Plan for the autumn.
It will focus on the economy, community, transport and environment.
Laurence Young of Faversham Enterprise Partnership aid: "We had a great turnout. I am already seeing comments I didn't expect.
"Lots of people have said they want more public benches and cycling has been a hot topic, with people saying they don't know about any routes but that they want to leave their cars at home.
"The best thing is that we had new faces through the door, which was fantastic."
To get involved with Faversham 2020 visit www.faversham.org or e-mail Alison Eardley at Alison.Eardley@towns.org.uk