Littlebury launches parish plan
PUBLISHED: 16:09 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010
MORE than a year of hard work and dedication by a group of volunteers finally paid off when Littlebury launched their parish plan on Saturday. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP described the document - which gives a detailed account of village life and how it could
MORE than a year of hard work and dedication by a group of volunteers finally paid off when Littlebury launched their parish plan on Saturday.
Sir Alan Haselhurst MP described the document - which gives a detailed account of village life and how it could be improved - as "the foundation stone for action".
The parish plan, which was started in December 2007, was unveiled at the Queen's Head Pub, Littlebury, in the presence of Sir Alan and leader of Uttlesford District Council Jim Ketteridge.
Coordinator Lizzie Sanders said: "This has been a fantastic community project that has brought people together and the result is a parish plan that will help us to move things forward for the village in a positive way."
The plan was put together from the results of a 14-page questionnaire given to residents in Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Catmere End. Out of 303 questionnaires delivered, 245 were returned.
The findings reveal that nearly a quarter of the parish would like to keep an allotment; people would like a village shop; there is support for a 20mph speed limit through the village; and the people of Catmere End are interested in Ecology.
"The most arduous part of the project was collecting the questionnaires, but I was really impressed that 81 percent of people replied," said Ms Sanders. "Sir Alan noted that the parish council would be the envy of both district councillors and members of parliament since 76 percent of respondents said that they understood what their parish council did and who their councillors were."
The plan deals with various topics of village life including transport, traffic, housing, leisure, personal and community safety, planning and development, the environment and leisure.
The parish plan was proposed by Littlebury Parish Council as part of a national scheme by the Commission for Rural Communities. The plan was carried out by an independent group.
One of the areas highlighted in the plan was the need for a parish website. This has already been implemented and can be viewed at www.littleburyparishcouncil.org.uk