Benenden

The Parish Survey

Parish Plan Action Update - 13th Feb 2015
As part of Communications Group actions, Paul Leek attended a meeting in Cranbrook with MPs and representatives from 4 major mobile networks about poor mobile phone coverage. See the video report online here

We started preparing the Benenden Village Plan in the Spring of 2013. It sets out a vision for how the community wants to develop in the future and to identify the actions required to achieve it. Its scope can include everything that is relevant to the community, including social, economic and environmental issues, not simply planning related issues.

The beginning of our journey

Our starting point was a Parish-Wide survey which revealed eight main areas of interest, which you felt were most important in shaping Benenden, beyond the then hot topic of a new Primary School building.

2015 Parish Plan

Working party leaders led focused groups to research further and formulate recommendations, not to manage change but to reflect opinion outside the usual box.

Their conclusions and recomendations are summarised in a report which was launched on 7th February 2015, and which is available here - note that it will take a while to download as, with all the documents on this page, it is quite large. The slides are also available from the launch that give a great overview of the work undertaken and the outputs so far.

2015 Parish Plan Launch Slides

The findings are intended to inform and influence elected representatives in Parliament, and at County, Borough and Parish levels and copies will be sent to key county and borough cabinet members and their officials. The report records the opinions and aspirations of many, and will be key to influencing minds when re-examination of policy in a number of areas is requested.

Moving forward into action

2015 Parish Plan Data

The Steering Committee and working parties are not automatic implementers of change. In fact the steering committee consisted only of non-councillors so have focused on your collective opinions. The relatively small but key amount of money given by the Parish Council to facilitate this process has been offered without asking the teams to reflect any council views. Where councillors have subsequently become involved there has been lively discussion on all sides. If you agree (or disagree) with suggestions please bring your skills to play in the groups which we hope will form to carry forward the momentum achieved to date. This is not a revolution but if it is to work effectively don't let us stop now; if it needs retuning lend us your tuning forks. The time has come to translate words into action.

The raw facts

You can see the source of the data by clicking on the summary document shown above. This is the raw information that was used in the analysis. Some data has been removed to ensure that it remains anonymous.

Please address any queries to benendenparishplan@gmail.com.

The Parish Plan Steering Group

Copyright Tim Dwyer 2013 - timdwyer@benenden.org.uk