Stand up for your area, urges King’s Lynn forum leader

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People who live in and around the centre of Lynn are being urged to help a relaunched community forum have a greater say on local issues.

A new steering committee has been appointed to lead the St Margaret’s with St Nicholas ward forum.

And the group plans to hold a series of open meetings on a range of topics affecting the area, beginning next month.

The ward covers areas including Hextable Road and Highgate, The Walks and Guanock Terrace, The Friars and along part of the east bank of the River Great Ouse.

Although the forum has been in existence for several years, participation levels had been falling in recent years.

However, after support was expressed for continuing its work at an open meeting in the summer, officials hope they can now attract many new recruits to join them.

Group chairman Dr Julian Litten said: “Though many bodies, organisations and individuals care for King’s Lynn none cares specifically for this important central area of the town.

“Their remit extends well beyond the town centre and, though most include it in their concerns, few focus specifically on the well-being of the people who live here.

“There is no parish council and only two elected representatives on the borough council are there to advocate the needs of those in the ward and to represent their views.

“By gathering, co-ordinating and promulgating ideas on improving the local social, economic and environment in the town centre and working with our elected representatives on the borough council and other responsible bodies the forum aims to tackle issues, large and small, which affect the ward.”

The forum’s first open meeting since its relaunch will take place on Thursday November 12, at Marriott’s Warehouse, from 7.30pm.

It will include a presentation on the Townscape Heritage Initiative to regenerate shops in the St Margaret’s conservation area from project manager Steven King.

Residents are urged to email secretary, Sally Turff, at sally@smithandturff.
demon.co.uk for updates on the group’s work.