The MATCH BOARD has been suspended until further notice
by the Former Project Manager
MINSTER is quite rightly an
important part of Thanet's regeneration, as it has been vital to
the history of England and Christianity. We have therefore ensured
that Minster's heritage has been enshrined in Thanet's regeneration
programme over the next few years. This has led to the formation
of MATCH (Minster Action for Tourism, Culture and Heritage), to
allow the residents and businesses of Minster to decide how Minster
should be in the future.
It was necessary to form a true working partnership, bringing together
influences from the Public and Private sectors, to work with residents
on a number of projects designed to protect our history and make
Minster's future secure for our children.
We have consulted widely, and I believe that the effort and contribution
made by a great number of local people is a wonderful example to
everyone involved in regeneration. Some marvellous ideas and suggestions
have been put together to form projects that can be delivered for
the benefit of our community. Projects are addressing issues like
the environment, our heritage and culture, sport and recreation,
all essential for quality of life. Nor are we forgetting our neighbours
and visitors who come to Minster for a variety of reasons.
We successfully applied for Market Town status, a Government initiative
operated by SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) through
the Countryside Agency, and we have worked with these Agencies to
deliver a Health Check (where we are) and an Action Plan (where
we're going). We are confident that Minster's tradition of community
spirit and involvement will ensure delivery and success.
Following publication of the Action Plan, a Delivery Plan was produced,
showing the Strategic Objectives of MATCH and the project delivery
Year 1 (April 2003 - March 2004)
Our programme is as follows:
Under Strategic Objective (SO) 2,
we have published a new Rural Thanet Transport Guide and in September
2003 we launched the village Web Site . Tourism-based and ICT-based
training will be offered in the second half of the year, with leaflets
and other marketing materials being produced in the spring.
SO3 - We are trying to encourage
take-up of the new Bed & Breakfast Grant Scheme, and looking
for office space for new businesses, as well as conducting feasibility
studies on projects that are planned for later years.
SO4 - New cycle racks and signage
have been erected throughout Minster. We have just been granted
approval to re-landscape the Prospect Inn roundabout at the top
of Tothill Street, and erect three sculpted Minster
logo signs at strategic places on the roundabout. (See
notes below from Sign Manufacturers) This is a vital landmark
for Minster and Thanet, and it will advise people that they have
arrived in a very special place - Minster-in-Thanet AD 670. Towards
the end of this year, we will make efforts to improve some of the
verges, footways, car parks, bus stops and the toilets.
SO5 - A new Wheels Park has
been constructed for our youngsters. Whilst it can now be used,
construction of a BMX track and landscaping round the Park will
take place in October and November 2003. We hope to start on the
All Weather surface and a new bowls pavilion towards the end of
this year, subject to support from Sport England and the private
sector. We are working closely with Kent County Council on the possibility
of employing a full-time community worker.
SO6 - We are committed to further
Public Meetings to allow the public to have their say and to comment
on how MATCH is delivering the Vision set by residents. These meetings
also allow MATCH the opportunity of giving feedback to residents,
advising of the successes and challenges that we encounter along
the way. We will also support community-based events, and celebrate
our successes, in an effort to promote the tourism potential of
Minster, making it a sustainable place to live, work and visit.
We continue to work in Partnership with SEEDA, The Countryside Agency,
Kent County Council, Thanet District Council, Minster Parish Council
and the Private and Voluntary sectors. Vital to the success of MATCH,
however, is the involvement of local residents. Work with us and
be part of the success.