On behalf of the Community Plan team I am very pleased to announce that the printed summary of the plan is being delivered to every household in the parish at the end of May beginning of June 2011.
The Community Plan is important for our area because it represents the wishes and aspirations of our community. The printed plan, which is being distributed with this letter, is a summary of a more comprehensive set of documents dealing in more depth with opportunities and issues facing our community. The full set of documents is available for viewing or download on the community website.
Although it took quite some time for the printed version to be completed, the plan has been active for some time and the data used in a number of decisions by the Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council. To date the plan has helped to shape decisions and plans on many issues that affect our parish. It has been used on big items such as the SITA proposal for an in-vessel composting plant and smaller issues like the identification of fly-tipping hot spots. Most recently the plan has been used to draw attention to our need for a cycle path from Pucklechurch to the Bristol to Bath cycle track.
With the publication of the Community Plan document and the Plan's adoption by the Parish Council in July 2010, the work of the existing Community Plan Steering Committee and Working Groups efforts to a close. Although it was a long and sometimes tough process, it has also been an immense accomplishment and I have to thank all the volunteers who took part for their dedication and professionalism.
The work is not complete, however. For the next phase we will need to form a project team to decide on priorities and how to get the actions implemented. It will involve some of the original committee together with parish councillors. But we also need new people, so if you feel you have skills or know-how that will be useful, please contact me.
Beyond the implementation, we need to look at new and emerging needs of our community. We also need to consider the significant and radical reforms to the planning system contained in the Localism Bill, particularly new powers for local councils in the development of neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders.
If you would like to be part of the next phase of the Community Plan, please contact me on 937 4437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Community Plan Steering Group