The Forum has been designated by the City Council. This means that the Knighton Neighbourhood Forum is recognised by Leicester City Council as the designated Neighbourhood Forum for the Knighton Neighbourhood Area. This took longer than we expected. We have set up working groups on Transport and on Open Spaces, Sports and Leisure to work on the topics for the Neighbourhood Plan. We are now setting up the next on Housing and Planning, following on from the work on the Baseline Study of Knighton. The next Annual General Meeting will be on 15th February 2018.
A consultant has been working on a profile of Knighton using data from the Census and other public sources to understand our Neighbourhood and help us think about what is needed in the area for the Neighbourhood Plan. This Baseline Study of Knighton has been published and was the subject of the last public meeting in November.
A launch meeting with elections of officers was held on 26th January 2016. Sir Peter Soulsby spoke at the meeting and welcomed the creation of the Knighton Neighbourhood Forum.
Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or is a councillor for the Designated Area, which was approved by the City Council, following a six-week consultation held in September and October 2015. Minor changes to the area that was publicised were made following the consultation.
Following the meeting on 26th January, the Steering Committee organised a series of meetings around Knighton to talk about issues and understand what people think is good and not so good about Knighton.
The Steering Committee is now making links with other local organisations and bodies such as schools in the area, developing ideas for policies to discuss with residents and planning for a more detailed consultation exercise.
Two working groups have been established, and a third is about to be launched, to look at topics that willl be part of the Neighbourhood Plan. These are on Transport, Open Spaces Sports and Leisure and Housing and Planning.