COLEFORD PARISH PLAN
Do you remember the Coleford Village Plan?
It was put together by residents in 2009 and has guided a lot of good changes in Coleford. The plan looked ahead to 2019. So it's time to decide whether we want a new plan. Look out for the questionnaire asking you what you think. This is being delivered by parish councillors.
Please give us your views, by 30th November.
One lucky response will win £100.
Questionnaires can be returned to reply boxes at the Royal British Legion, the Eagle, the King's Head, the Co-op, and @TheHub, or left in the Vicarage post box (next to the Church). Thanks to all these organisations for helping us.
We would like people of all ages to give us your views. We hope that some of you will want to help. The big strength of the 2009 plan is that it was prepared by lots of residents working together.
If you need more copies please do ask a councillor or the parish clerk (details on the website) or take a photocopy, or download from here. You can also reply to the clerk by e mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to.
We hope to hear from you!
Coleford Parish Council
The Parish Plan for Coleford was completed in 2009, after over two years of work.
The benefit of the Plan is that many of the needs of the Parish have been identified, enabling a list of aims and projects to be drawn up. This is an evolving document, and some of the needs are already being, or have been addressed, including:
· Change to the shops in the village
· The construction of 28 Affordable houses at Mackintosh View in 2015.
· New litter bins continue to be erected in the village, plus dog waste bins
· The Hub is being improved as Community building
The Plan is recognised by Mendip District Council and adopted by the Parish Council as a document to be used and updated when required.
It will give the village the mandate to prove there is a particular 'need' and therefore provides tremendous support to any groups requesting funding to address a project highlighted within the document.
The overall aim is to enhance Coleford as a place to live, to create an environment where individuals and business can prosper, to support and encourage communities and individuals to improve their quality of life and to enjoyment.
When the Parish Council decides to update the Parish Plan it may use powers made available by the Localism Act 2011, to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood Plans are formally adopted and carry more weight than our current Village Plan, for example they can set out areas preferred for development and areas preferred for conservation. However, a Neighbourhood Plan would be more costly and time-consuming, because there would have to be widespread consultation, a public hearing and a referendum on the proposals. Therefore the Parish Council has to assess when it might be most useful to commence work on a Neighbourhood Plan.
Coleford Parish Council