The original Parish Plan included two main areas of concern; the provision of affordable housing and the inadequacy of the current Play Area on the village green.
Even though the Parish Council does not own any land and any building would be either a private venture by a local landowner, a generous donation of land from the same or some form of compulsory purchase, a questionaire was sent out to every household in the village requesting information as to future housing requirements and whether this should be owned, rented or some form of joint-venture scheme. Unfortunately, from the small response (only 12 returns!) to this questionaire, only one houehold recorded the potential need for housing within the next five years.
Regarding the request for play equipment, the Parish Council is pleased to announce that the existing two swings have been augmented by the addition of a climbing tower with steps, slide, firemans pole, extension scramble net, climbing rope and picnic table below, springboard, "spring whale" seat, toadstool seats and new Phoenix seats. A new safety surface throughout has been installed.
Supplementary to this, and thanks to the money raised previously by the village, there are two new 5-a-side goalposts and net for the adjacent football pitch and a netball/basketball hoop located between the Millenium Beacon and the play area.
The following picture shows the centrepiece of equipment now installed.
Full funding of this project has now been finalised and our grateful thanks go to Awards for All, Adnams Brewery, together with some generous donations from village residents, all of which have made this addition to the village achievable.
The Village Plan was re-visited in March 2010, but as the circumstances of the Village have not changed since the original Plan was conceived, i.e. no likelyhood of businesses moving into he area and no suitable land available for building affordable housing, it was decided not to persue a second survey.
This decision is always under reveiw.