Five experts will give their views on how they see the future of the Whitehill & Bordon Healthy New Town at the next Community Forum to be held in the town on Tuesday 7 February.

A panel drawing on in-depth knowledge of health provision, council powers and town development will be giving their own distinct take on what the project will mean for the area.

Healthy New Town status was conferred on the town in February 2016 and will promote healthy and independent living for the residents of Whitehill & Bordon and will help provide better local care.

The Community Forum, arranged by East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), will use a Question Time format to give residents the chance to hear the experts’ views and then ask questions of their own.

Taking part will be EHDC leader Cllr Ferris Cowper, Sara Tiller, Chief Development Officer for NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, James Child, of the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company, local GP Dr Anthony Leung and Kate Hillerby, Whitehill & Bordon Healthy New Town programme lead at EHDC.

Chairman of the Forum, Cllr Yvonne Parker Smith, said:

“This is a great opportunity to hear what being a Healthy New Town will mean for residents.

“Each of the panellists are right at the centre of plans to bring this to Whitehill & Bordon and each will have a fascinating take on the Healthy New Town project from their own perspective.

“Come along to the meeting and hear what they have to say and then take the chance to ask some questions of your own. It will be an interesting and informative evening.”

Whitehill & Bordon was selected as one of ten NHS England Healthy New Towns last February.

The NHS, public sector and voluntary organisations are working to transform Whitehill & Bordon into a town where it is easy to live healthy and independent lives and has improved local care when needed.

Among other advantages, the project will look to create active open spaces, develop healthy homes, promote healthy and active lifestyles and deliver a new care model and associated health campus.

Before the meeting, at 5.45pm, residents will be able to take a look around the town’s Market Place – a collection of stalls and stands from many of the organisations in the area providing opportunities for healthy living.

The forum will also see a discussion on the proposed boundary changes in the district.

The review, conducted by the Boundary Commission, will look at the district council’s internal ward boundaries and will include a public consultation.

The Community Forum will be held, for the first time, at the Havannah’s Officer Mess, on Station Road, GU35 0LG at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7 February.

Five experts, five views on Whitehill & Bordon’s Healthy New Town