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‘What’s next for Stromness’ — views on the town’s future sought

A series of consultation events will take place in Stromness this weekend to discuss the town’s future with the public.

Orkney Islands Council (OIC) is reminding local folk that a series of consultation events will be held in Stromness this week for local folk to come together and discuss and share ideas for the future of the town.

The events will also allow members of the public to vote on a name for the new care home in Stromness.

What’s Next for Stromness? is a joint project between OIC, Stromness Community Council and the Stromness Community Development Trust, facilitated by PAS, a charitable social enterprise which helps communities to have their say in planning matters.

The council has said the aim is to work with the local community to find out what their priorities and aspirations are and create a shared plan which contains a vision and actions for Stromness for the next five to ten years.

Public drop-in events will be held in the Warehouse Buildings on:

• Thursday May 16 from 3pm to 7pm.

• Friday May 17 from 2pm to 5pm.

• Saturday May 18 from 11am to 4pm.

All are welcome to attend, with no prior knowledge or experience required. Folk can drop in at any time, simply bringing their ideas, local knowledge and enthusiasm to help create the plan.

By the end of the Saturday session, it is hoped that the main points of the plan will be prepared, with a final version due to be presented to the community in June.

Events are being held in the run-up to the drop in sessions with local community groups, school pupils and businesses to gather their views.

Further information on the project is available on Twitter @WNFStromness and on Facebook facebook.com/StromnessOrkney.

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