Preparing a Parish Plan has been an interesting exercise for the Parish Council. Most people that live in the parish believe that Read is an enjoyable place to live and have views about the issues that affect community life, both now and in the future.
The central part of the Parish Plan process was the preparation, distribution and analysis of a questionnaire survey. This asked what residents felt about the environment and facilities for which Read Parish Council is responsible or has legitimate concern about.
The survey covered the following areas:
- Local Transport
- Dog fouling
- Community facilities
- Lack of bridleways
- Martholme Viaduct footpath link
The survey was also designed to highlight facilities in the village – especially for newcomers. The Parish Council hopes that the survey will encourage more people to get involved in improving village life and become the councillors of the future
The survey questionnaire was distributed by hand during March 2012 to all 595 households within the parish. We asked that completed survey questionnaires were completed and returned by 1 May 2012. We received 120 completed survey questionnaires and the parish council then analysed the results and invited all residents to attend a public meeting on 4 July 2012 to discuss the results. This process enabled the Parish Council to set priorities and formulate a Parish Plan.