Newport launches its village plan

TWO years of work has come to fruition for Newport Parish Council with the launch of a community-led village plan.

Members of the community were urged to get involved with the project and a group of villagers met to write up a questionnaire that would be used to gather information and ideas from residents about how they wanted Newport to flourish in the future.

Chaired by Berenice Smith, the group – which met at The Coach and Horses – included Newport Free Grammar School pupils Matthew Yarwood and Bailey Burnett, who shared the position of secretary, and Olivia Willsher, who collated the questionnaire responses.

The plan – which was presented to the parish council last Thursday – includes views from residents on various topics such as transport, housing, leisure, the environment, services and employment.

It will be used to inform and make recommendations to the parish council and Uttlesford District Council.

Parish council chairman Andrew Yarwood said: “We would like to thank Berenice, Olivia, Matthew and Bailey for all their hard work. Additionally, we would thank all members of the community who worked on the plan, and those who took time to respond to the questionnaire for their ideas and time.”

Householders in Newport will receive a copy of the village plan over the next few days.