A holistic view of the needs of the community in and around Glastonbury
A holistic view of the needs of the community in and around Glastonbury is sought by Mendip's new cabinet, as council leader sets out ambition to ensure that all sections of the local community can live harmoniously and feel welcome.
In a statement following the first cabinet meeting since Cllr Ros Wyke became Leader of Mendip District Council, Cllr Wyke made clear her thoughts on the increasing concerns in Glastonbury about the lack of appropriate living spaces. Setting out plans to move the issue forward, Cllr Ros Wyke was clear that the needs and interest of any one particular community group would not be looked at in isolation.
"I have been considering the options for Morlands and concluded that as a new Cabinet we must take a wider view of the challenges for appropriate living spaces in Glastonbury. Glastonbury has unique characteristics and different needs for living space.
"The landscape, history, myth and legend of Glastonbury brings many people to the area. Some are just visiting, others are seeking to make a home here. For others, this area has always been their home. This brings many opportunities but also challenges in ensuring everyone has access to the range of appropriate living spaces that they need to suit their circumstances and life choices.
"I don't believe it makes sense to look at the interests of any particular community group in isolation. As a new administration we will take a holistic view of the needs of the community in and around Glastonbury, doing this in a way that also supports other residents and businesses.
"My ambition is that we will develop and deliver solutions that ensure that all sections of the local community can live harmoniously and feel welcome."
Cllr Wyke has also taken the decision to replace the Morlands Panel with a new Glastonbury Living Spaces Panel. The panel will be made up of the following councillors: Cllr Steve Henderson, Cllr Nick Cottle, Cllr Peter Goater, Cllr Heather Shearer and Cllr Liz Leyshon together with Cllr Ros Wyke.
Cllr Wyke said "I very much hope that Glastonbury Town Council will work collaboratively with us on this initiative - appreciating the challenges we face, whilst acting as a critical friend for our thoughts.
"The panel will retain the delegations from the previous administration and will consider next steps in relation to the people currently living without consent on the Morlands site.
"However, our remit will be much wider and our first step will be to develop a strategic view of the potential of public and private sector land and assets in the area, engaging with the County Council and others, with the objectives of supporting economic development, protecting the environment and securing the provision of much needed accommodation."
The work of the panel is to be one the key priorities for the new administration at Mendip District Council and the members of the panel will now work with officers, with the intention of reporting back to Cabinet at the August meeting.
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