Parish Council Open Meeting

Date(s) - 18 March 2013
Time - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


This will consider such items as future village development, village amenities and traffic problems as part of the proposal to revise the Edington Development Plan, published in 2005. The meeting will be of particular interest to recent newcomers to the village as well as potential Parish Councillors.

Edington Parish Council: The Way Forward

Last month, a leaflet was delivered to each house in the village explaining the strategy of the Parish Council to encourage residents to put their names forward for election to the new Parish Council which will be held on May 2nd.

The leaflet stated that a meeting, open to all villagers, would be held in the Parish Hall on 18th March commencing at 7.30pm. The objectives are to familiarise interested residents with the work and remit of the Parish Council and to discuss how the Edington Development Plan, published in 2005, can be revised and updated. This is your opportunity to come a put forward a point of view.

Rural communities such as ours are likely to face many challenges and upheavals in the next few years. In particular, the Government’s strategy for relaxing some planning regulations and encouraging development of employment opportunities in the “countryside” could well have a significant impact on rural life. The proposed wind farm near West Ashton is an example of such a change. Whilst Parish Councils have limited powers to influence such proposals, the creation of an up-to-date Development Plan strengthens any case that the Parish Council wishes to make.

On the other hand, villages which oppose all change stagnate and often lose their “spark”. Several developments over the last few years have greatly improved our facilities and the imminent opening of the Farm Shop complex will extend these. The meeting is an opportunity to put forward your view on how things should change and, hopefully, continue to improve the amenities.

When the Development Plan was created 8-9 years ago, the results of the responses to the questionnaire completed by most residents, identified a number of concerns regarding medical, social and community services here. The information was most valuable in formulating the wording of the relevant part of the Plan. Changes such as the additional services available at Bratton Surgery and the creation of the Neighbourhood Policing Team are important examples of how such initiatives can affect our village. What further changes are necessary?

March 18th at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall is your chance to “have your say”. Don’t waste it!

George Fraser, Chairman.

PS There are still copies of the 2005 Development Plan available. If you would like a copy, please contact me on 830426 or Pauline at the Post Office. Copies will be available also at the above meeting.


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