Focus group meetings

St George's – engagement and consultation

I have received some concerns from constituents about their perceived lack of engagement from the Council regarding the plans for the redevelopment of the St George’s site. I believe a good relationship and understanding between the Council and the local community must be key to this project’s success, and so I asked the Council to provide me with a list of their engagement to date with local people, groups, Parish Councils, businesses, and all other parts of the community. This list may not be exhaustive, and I will keep adding to it as we go along.

30th March 2017 - Rutland County Council attended a briefing session with North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish Council’s to discuss the proposed closure of the St George’s Barracks base.

10th April 2017 - Briefing for Rutland County Council members to discuss the One Public Estate programme and the St George’s project.

17th July 2017 - All Rutland Parish Councils invited to a meeting about the One Public Estate programme and the St George’s project.

25th September 2017 - Two meetings took place to launch the St George’s project to key Stakeholders. These included Rutland County Council Members, Parish Councils, local schools, utility companies and local businesses and tenants already located on the St George’s base. The attendees were provided with a pack of information which included a FAQ document, a copy of the presentation from the event and a feedback form. The feedback form also gave attendees the opportunity to express their interest in attending Focus Group sessions which would be taking place in January 2018. The event was presented jointly by Rutland County Council and the Ministry of Defence.

October and November 2017 - Public Parish Briefings – six Councils covered at four separate public meetings. Each attendee was issued with a FAQ document and a feedback form which invited comments and questions and included the option to attend the Focus Group Sessions in January 2018. The presentation used at each of these briefings was made available to the wider public on the Council’s website via the dedicated St George’s page.

Monday 27th January - Two Focus Group sessions in the Officer’s Mess at St George’s Barracks. Each session attended by close to 75 people (150 in total) who were members of surrounding communities or the wider Rutland community. These sessions were half an hour long. Attendees were asked what they felt was important to be included in the Master Plan, and the Council are using this to inform the initial design proposals. All of the feedback gathered at these focus groups will be collated, published on the Council’s website and used to help inform master planning for the St George's site, ahead of further engagement and consultation.

5th February 2018 - Rutland County Council Members Briefing.

There will be some who will be satisfied by this list, and some who will not. For those who are not, it would be very useful for both the Council and myself to understand what type of engagement you would find helpful. I know from my meetings with the Council over the past few weeks that they are very keen to hear the views of as many people and local groups as possible, and truly work together to create a unique and innovative project. As always, do contact me directly if you need some assistance with this and I would be very happy to help.