On Wednesday 21 October Cathedral and Chapter are holding the penultimate in a series of open days exploring the Cathedral’s draft Master Plan. The open day is taking place in the Chapter Office where members of staff and Chapter will be available throughout the day to answer any questions from members of the public.
In addition, from Wednesday 15 October a set of large panels outlining the key ideas raised within the draft Master Plan will be put on display in Salisbury City Library so that people can have a look at them in advance of the actual Open Day. The draft Master Plan, which is being developed with the support of Wiltshire Council, looks ahead to the next fifty years and explores how the Cathedral Close might develop during that time.
Seif El Rashidi, Salisbury Cathedral Magna Carta Manager, who is helping co-ordinate the Library display and Open Day said: “People feel very strongly about the Cathedral and the Close; both sit at the heart of the city and within the hearts of Salisbury residents and it is really important to us that local residents express their views to enable us to shape a common vision for the future of this great community resource. We strongly encourage people to have a look at the panels on display in the Library and come along to the Open Day for more information. Whether you use the Close grounds once a year, or come to the Cathedral regularly as a visitor or worshipper, these ideas are relevant to you!”
The draft Master Plan consultation was launched at the end of July and is a starting point in the development of plans to improve the experience of visiting, studying and worshipping at the Cathedral for current and future generations.
The Cathedral has invited and received feedback on the Master Plan from a wide range of individuals and organisations; talking to local statutory bodies and interest groups; and encouraging feedback from residents, visitors and worshippers as well as local businesses and schools through an online questionnaire.
Anyone who has an interest in how the Close will look and be used in the future is encouraged come along to the Chapter Office at 6 The Close between 12 noon and 7pm on Wednesday 21 October and to complete the Master Plan questionnaire (see link above).
There will be one further Open Day on 19 November and the consultation period ends on 31 December 2015.
For more information contact Marie Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01722 555148