Communities everywhere are constantly changing and the government wants communities like ours to take more control of our own lives, to say what we want done in our own neighbourhood and to engage with other organisations to get it done. We cannot and should not prevent change, but we can influence the way it happens and is managed, preserving all that is good and serving the future needs of the residents. It is an opportunity for all in our community to express their views.
A Parish Plan should:
- be comprehensive, considering all aspects of local life including social, economic and environmental issues of concern to our community.
- involve the whole community; everyone should have a chance to have their say and get involved in the Parish Plan.
- be based on information provided by the community participation, surveys and research. involve Local Authorities with the process.
- be focused on creating an action plan with a clear statement of Who? What? Why? and How?
Our Parish Plan consultation process was started in 2007 by asking people attending church fêtes and school fun days what issues within the Parish concerned them most. Based on this feedback and with the help of five focus groups, under the headings Environment, Transport, Recreation, Community Services and Youth, a questionnaire was produced and delivered to every household in the Parish.