What is a Parish Plan?
"Parish Plans give an opportunity for everyone in your community
to make themselves heard. They provide a way for you to say if you want
more open spaces, more effective public transport, affordable housing,
better access to health care, a chance to buy local produce at local
shops and to choose how your community helps everyone in it to relax and
make the most of their social and leisure time.
A Parish (or Community Plan) sets out how community action can meet
local needs, can help to prioritise resources and can provide important
information to help influence the policies, decisions and actions of
others. Parish and Community Plans belong to the community, to be
delivered by that community or in partnership with other agencies."
Who has produced a Parish Plan for Hunsdon ,
The idea of asking a community to identify and prioritise its needs
is not new, and Hunsdon (and many other villages and towns) has on
previous occasions conducted surveys to gather views and gauge
opinion. Around 2004 central government recognised the benefits of
this form of community involvement and set out a framework for
preparation of Parish Plans. Over the next few years a 'best
practice' for undertaking a Parish Plan has emerged - the
AND COMMUNITY PLANNING TOOLKIT' describes the process in detail.
In 2006 Hunsdon Parish Council concluded that it should prepare a
Parish Plan, and press-ganged(!) a small Steering Group of Hunsdon
residents to prepare a Parish Plan. A grant of £1500 was given by East
Herts Council to cover costs. The Group first prepared a consultation
leaflet, based on the results of the 2004 survey, to be delivered to
every home. A special contribution was made by the Village School. The
Village Fete 2007 was again used to promote and consult on ideas for the
Plan. An analysis of responses received was used by the Group to prepare
a Draft Plan. This was summarised in a further leaflet delivered to each
house and discussions were also held with school children. The Draft
Plan was then presented to a Village public meeting on 4th December
2007. The outcome of the meeting, attended by 200 residents, was
overwhelming approval of the Draft Plan. It was later adopted by the
Parish Council in January 2008.
So what is in the Plan?
See for yourself; read the four-page, colourful summary
and / or the detailed text
* Please note the section about our community
inadvertently neglected to mention some of our village groups - Hunsdon
Ducklings, Over Three Score Club, Tennis Club and Scrabble Club to name
What happens next?
The Parish Plan is a ‘work in progress’. It is regularly
discussed and reviewed by the Steering Group and the Parish Council when
updating and appropriate revisions are made. By 2009 progress is being
made on traffic studies, a BMX track, regeneration of the Good Neighbour
Scheme & Welcome Pack, and a local housing needs survey. The Plan
has also been used as a basis for comments on the East Herts Local
Development Framework and the Review of the Regional Spatial Strategy.
All village residents are welcome to make comments or proposals at
any time by contacting any member of the Parish Council.