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Needs_youEGM Tuesday 16th June, 7.30pm Grey Court School
- Introduction to the Neighbourhood Forum
- Changes to the constitution and election of officers
- Update on local issues
- Neighbourhood plan update

All residents, businesses, schools and organisations in Ham and Petersham are welcome.

Your Neighbourhood Forum Needs You
Are you interested in Ham & Petersham and want to make it a better place?
If so, and you can spare a few hours each month, then please apply to become a committee member. No experience needed, just a passion for our local area and a willingness to help out
To apply, just tell us why in less than 100 words and email it to: contact us telling us where you live and how you would like to help. All applications will be voted on by all attendees at the EGM – see above – where you will be asked to introduce yourself and read out your statement.

PART-TIME JOB – PROJECT COORDINATOR
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ham and Petersham. Duties are variable and include convening and minuting meetings of both the Forum and the Drafting Team, which each meet once a month in the evening, as well as providing assistance to the Chairs of the Forum and the Drafting Team.
The post will be paid at £15 an hour and you will work on a freelance basis invoicing the Forum monthly.
Please apply with a short CV and/or a letter saying why you are interested to: Brian Willman via brianwillman@me.com.

HAM FAIR – Saturday 13th June, 11:00am and 4:30pm, Ham Common
We will be holding a stall at the fair, where you can meet your committee members and see our suggestions for improvements to Ham and Petersham to include in the Neighbourhood Plan we’re drafting.

The Forum Mission Statement
“Bring our community together to have a strong say in deciding the future shape of our area. It will preserve and enhance its special semi rural character and history”

What is the Neighbourhood Forum?
The Ham & Petersham Neighbourhood Forum represents everyone who lives or works in Ham and Petersham. The forum brings together service providers, businesses and community groups in the forum committee.

What the Forum Will Do
The key task for the forum is to write the Neighbourhood Plan which is designed to give local people the power of planning their local area. The Neighbourhood Plan must, by law, be accepted by the council and be included in its planning process after the community has voted for it at a referendum. The plan will set the framework for changes to the area for the next ten years. The Neighbourhood plan can not be anti-development in Ham & Petersham.

How the Local Community Can Be Involved?
The Ham & Petersham Forum is for everyone in the area. You are represented on the committee by community groups and local service providers. There are also four local resident representatives on the committee. The Forum holds regular public meetings where there are workshops on some of the possible future developments.

Funding for the Neighbourhood Forum
There is some government grant money and a small contribution promised by the council to help set up the forum and develop the plan. There may be some future funding from developers in the form of a share of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Find out more about the CIL

If you would like to get in touch please email the Forum at info@hamandpetershamforum.org

How will my opinions be used?
The Plan produced by the Forum will reflect the views and long term aspirations of local residents. It will also set out long term policies for Ham & Petersham’s future.

How will this translate into real action?
Once the community votes for the Plan, it joins other local, regional and national plans that the Council must ensure are followed when considering local planning matters.