Villages plane for the future

PUBLISHED: 13:09 21 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2010

GREAT and Little Chishill have seen positive results from their parish plan which was set up a year ago. Eighty per cent of villagers completed a questionnaire devised by a steering team, which oversaw the development of the plan, about the community. Sim

GREAT and Little Chishill have seen positive results from their parish plan which was set up a year ago.

Eighty per cent of villagers completed a questionnaire devised by a steering team, which oversaw the development of the plan, about the community.

Similarly, a younger generation questionnaire for 10-17-year- olds was carried out with a 50 per cent return.

Issues arising from the survey have now been acted on, making the parish plan a success before it has even been adopted by the parish council.

Chairman of the parish plan steering team Tim Scott said: "I think we have shown that with careful preparation and a dedicated team, parish plans can and do work.

"In a relatively short time-frame Great and Little Chishill have benefited from undertaking an appraisal on which to base a parish plan. The results speak for themselves."

Speeding was a hot topic with villagers and a group has been set up in the village working with the police, highways agency, and councils.

With the help of Sector Inspector Paul Ormorod and PCSOs Lee Nutbeam and Emma Garwood, the concern surrounding the lack of police presence has been lifted.

In other areas, a youth club is set to open over the summer and communication in the village will be improved with the latest newsletter currently in production.

The parish plan was set up following an initiative from Cambridgeshire Acre which is sponsoring parish plans throughout the region.

MP and Shadow Health Minister Andrew Lansley said: "I applaud the preparation of the Great and Little Chishill parish plan and the evident determination to act upon it and deliver results.

"This will be very helpful to residents."

The parish council will be meeting to adopt the plan before it is sent to Acre for approval.

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