Have Your Say
Batheaston Parish Council are taking the first steps in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan
A brightly coloured container, which has been called the Think Tank, has been appearing at various locations around the Village with an invitation to "Have Your Say" by completing a short anonymous questionnaire (click here to complete and submit an online questionnaire).
The Think Tank
The first location for the Think Tank was at Batheaston Primary School where the children were encouraged to say what they liked and disliked about living in Batheaston.
From the School, the Think Tank made a visit to the Medical Centre, then onto the Fat Friar, the George and Dragon and the Wednesday morning Coffee Shop.
On Sundays 17th and 24th August, the Think Tank made a Church appearance at St John The Baptist and on Sunday Aug 31st, it will be at the Church of the Good Shepherd and will stay there for the Neighbourhood Group monthly luncheon on Monday 1st September. Throughout September it will be moving around the Village.
Two banners have been set up along the High Street and "mini Think Tanks" have been placed in Maurdens Newsagents, The Post Office and The White Lion all encouraging residents to "Have their Say".
The questionnaire (online version - click here), anonymous unless you provide contact details, will provide an opportunity for residents to say what is important to them, make suggestions and register an interest in being involved in the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan.
(If contact details are supplied, they will only be used in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Plan process)
What is Neighbourhood Planning
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
Batheaston Parish Council, committed last year, to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan which will seek to establish how residents wish to see the village evolve, what and where development should take place and not least what should be enhanced and protected.
The whole process, being managed through the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, could take 18 months to complete, will need volunteers from within the community and briefly will include
- Public Consultation using the Think Tank, Meetings, Events, Face to Face sessions etc
- Formulating a survey questionnaire with the help of the Community
- Provide an opportunity to respond to the survey from all Parishioners
- Formulate proposals for the Neighbourhood Plan
- Consultation on draft proposal
- Preparation of a final Neighbourhood Plan proposal
- Conduct a referendum of all Parishoners
- Formally submit the Neighbourhood Plan for Local Planning Authority and Inspector approval
- Formal adoption by the Local Planning Authority
More details will be provided over the coming weeks so please keep an eye on this page.
Last Updated:30th August 2014