GALLERY: Knock down or preserve? What should be done to the area around the Acre Attic? Have your say as part of a public consultation on the future of March

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Oliver Cromwell March. Left: Mandy Noakes from M

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Oliver Cromwell March. Left: Mandy Noakes from MTP,Derek McKenzie MTP director, Cllr Jan French, Cllr Rob Skoulding, Cllr Kit Owen and Cllr Bernard Keane. Picture; Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Have your say on how March should look in the future with a massive public view-gathering exercise.

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Oliver Cromwell March. Left: Eileen Russell, Mar

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Oliver Cromwell March. Left: Eileen Russell, Maria Whittlesea, Cllr Rob Skoulding and Cllr Jan French. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The areas around the Acre Attic and the former March Freezer Centre come under the spotlight as well as Estover Playing Field.

People are being asked for their views on how to make sure natures reserves like Gault Wood are preserved and how to move into the future with new roads, housing estates and schools.

Today and tomorrow (Saturday 21) people can fill in questionnaires and quiz town councillors in a public exhibition at Audmoor House at the front of the Oliver Cromwell Hotel.

After that questionnaires can be picked up from the library or town hall or can be downloaded form the March Town Council web site.

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Oliver Cromwell March.

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Oliver Cromwell March. - Credit: Archant


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Mayor councillor Kit Owen said: “We want people to say how they want March to look not what we inflict on them.

“In the case of the indoor market and Acre area we want to see what can be preserved and what can be knocked down. It is quirky and that needs preserving, but what do people want to see?”

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Councillor Bernard Keane said: “I have seen many changes to the town over the years. Massive changes. This exercise is about looking forwards to plan with foresight to make sure any changes that are made are what the people want.”

Councillor Jan French said it is important as many as people as possible have their say on shaping March for the future.”

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan.Cottages,Picture: Steve Williams.

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan.Cottages,Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The two-day public exhibition marks the beginning of a six-week consultation around March Town Council’s draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Helping at the event was Derek Mckenzie of Mckenzie Town Planning and associate Amanda Noakes, a community engagement specialist who was in the town visiting family and friends.

The exhibition is on today (Friday) from 10am-7pm on Friday and from 10am-2pm on Saturday. The consultation period will end at 5pm on May 1.

Copies of the draft plan can be downloaded from www.marchtowncouncil.gov.uk along with a copy of the comments form. All comments must be made on the proper comments form within the specified deadline.

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan.Old March indoor market.Picture: Steve Williams.

Proposed March Neighbourhood Plan.Old March indoor market.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

For more information, contact March Town Council at 01354 653709 or e-mail marchtowncouncil@btconnect.com

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