A Public Consultation Event was held on 22 October 2012 at RiversMeet, the town's leisure centre, attended by invitees representing statutory bodies such as the Police and Fire Services, businesses, landlords, developers, local organisations and local parish councils. Two workshops took place during the morning. In the first, aims for Gillingham's future were established; at the second, delegates discussed ways in which these aims could be delivered. During the afternoon the public were invited to drop in to see the results of the morning's workshops, to see the responses to the Town Plan questionnaire, to ask questions about the Neighbourhood Plan and to make comments.
The next step is to come back to the community with ways in which the many suggestions that have been made might actually be realised. We have to bear in mind that any proposals must be practicable, realistic projects with adequate funding and a sustainable future.