The group offers a forum for discussion and debate to citizens concerned with the future of Sidmouth town, coast and valley. It is an arm of the VGS with its own Chair and Secretary, it also had ( until May 2019) its own Blog
The Group’s Aims
Futures Forum aims to gather and disseminate information and ideas, to complement the work of local government and promote social inclusion in the area.
The group has been involved in working in such diverse areas as –
- the East Devon Local Plan, which emerged from the Local Development Framework
- the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan, the VGS having compiled an initial Report in 2006 and a basis for a Town Plan in 2008
- the Beach Management Plan, to protect Pennington Point from coastal erosion
- development at Eastern Town and Port Royal
- protecting the Valley’s medical facilities, notably the Hospital and the Medical Centre
- the District Council’s relocation project: moving from the Knowle to Honiton, and the future of the Knowle site
- recycling: waste and plastic pollution
- repair cafe: reducing and reusing in the community
- cycling in Sidmouth, working with Otter Links
It organises meetings on varied subjects from groups, and professionals in the field, these meetings are open to the public and aim to encourage informed debate.