10 years ago Ilminster Forum create the first Ilminster Community Plan following consultation with the residents of Ilminster. That document identified the services and facilities in Ilminster that people felt were lacking or needed improving. It also highlighted areas of the town that residents felt could be enhanced. The Ilminster Community Plan was subsequently used as evidence to persuade many organisations to provide support and / or give funding for numerous projects. The Forum is now in the process of producing a 2nd Community Plan based on consultation that has taken place over the last 2 years.
It is a document which identifies what residents love about their town and what they think needs improving. It covers important issues that affect residents such as getting about, leisure, working and local facilities. It sets out the needs, hopes and aspirations for the future of Ilminster, with an action plan of projects for achieving those aims.
Residents, businesses and organisations that make up the community are consulted through events and surveys to establish the local issues that are important to them. The information obtained through the consultation identifies what’s important to residents and is used to produce an action plan of projects, which will address some of their concerns. The work is carried out by a small group of volunteers, in this case the Ilminster Forum, with the support of the District Council.