The Town and Country Planning Department was a hive of activity today, but not for the usual reasons. Instead of being inundated with individuals wanting development and planning advice or permissions, today there was a line of people waiting for health checks.
Acting Deputy Chief Town Planner George Browne explained that since tomorrow is World
Town Planning Day, today they decided to embark on a community outreach of sorts.
It involved blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checks with the Diabetes Association, which staff were encouraged to take as well as a number of members of the public, many whom today did not have business at the Town and Country Planning Department, but wanted to take the tests anyway.
While he had not had the chance to keep a close eye on what was happening, Browne said the sessions were normally popular and they tried to have them done each year.
Additionally, he explained that tomorrow they would be acknowledging the day with a seminar at the Wildey Gymnasium for sixth form students of CAPE, who are taking the environmental studies programme.
“Every year we select a topic and it normally has to do with the theme for the day. This year the theme is Water and Planning, so we select an area that fits with the theme, so
we are targeting those students who are going in for CAPE because this seminar could help them understand the matter they are dealing with,” said Browne. (LB)