A SERIES of ‘consultation cafe’ events are being held in the Preston Seton Gosford council ward to give residents the chance to have their say on the area’s future.

The gatherings will consider key issues, from health and wellbeing to climate change, to find out what the priorities for activities, services and funding should be.

The information will be used to shape the Preston Seton Gosford Area Plan for 2024-2029.

One of the consultation cafes will focus on what is needed to improve outcomes for children and young people in the ward.

The events have been organised by PSG Area Partnership and bring together a wide range of council services and local organisations.

They feature a short presentation, before informal round table discussions over refreshments. The organisers are keen to have a wide variety of views represented.

Information boards are currently in community centre receptions, while an online survey is available to give residents a number of different ways to share their views.

Ben Morse, chair of Preston Seton Gosford Area Partnership, said: “Capturing the feedback from our communities is essential to developing a new area plan which will help to focus the work of the area partnership and available funding.

“The review of our last five-year plan has shown how this helped us work collaboratively to improve outcomes for our communities.

“We hope residents, organisations and community groups will be able to attend events and feed back in their local community centres and libraries.”

The first event took place on October 2 and focused on health and wellbeing.

The remaining events are:

  • October 24, 7pm, Prestonpans Community Centre: Climate Change Consultation Cafe;
  • October 30, 7pm, Prestonpans Community Centre: Children and Young Person Consultation Cafe;
  • November 14, 7pm, Prestonpans Town Hall: Heritage Consultation Cafe.