The Government’s November 2000 Rural White Paper stated that Parish Plans should “identify key facilities and services, set out the problems that need to be tackled and demonstrate how distinctive character and features can be preserved”. They should set out a vision for the community in the future and identify the action needed to tackle issues of concern in addition to including everything that is relevant to the people who live and work in the community, from employment needs to playgrounds. The Parish Plan should consult everyone and give them a chance to say what they think about the social, economic and environmental issues affecting them and how they’d like to see their community improved during the next 5, 10 or even 15 years. The whole community has to be involved, not just those who come along to Parish Council meetings.
We would wish to thank all those people who have contributed their time, effort and expertise in the production of this Plan. This not only includes the Parish Plan Steering Group, but the many other people and organisations mentioned within it and of course the large number of residents who responded so positively with ideas and suggestions to the questionnaire and exhibition. This Plan is the culmination of a significant amount of work by a large number of people. It is however only the first stage in the process.
The purpose of this Plan is to improve our Village based on the views and ideas proposed by residents. Many of the actions could be implemented in the short term. Many present a more long term vision of how the Village could develop. If we are to attain these improvements the support of the Village and the efforts of many individuals and groups will continue to be needed. This Plan presents an opportunity to significantly enhance our Village and realise the potential that Wyre Piddle possesses for residents and visitors. It also hopefully provides a useful record of the Village and its amenities as it is now, with some limited historical insights.
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