The concept of a Parish Plan or Village Plan was first mentioned by Central Government back in 2000. The purpose of these parish plans was to set a framework around which communities could plan their own futures. Parish Plans should “identify key facilities and services, set out the problems that need to be tackled and demonstrate how distinctive character and features can be preserved.” (Our Countryside the Future: A Government White Paper 2000). They should be “holistic or comprehensive in scope…. and should set out a vision for how the community wants to develop, and identify the action needed to achieve it.” (Parish Plans: Guidance for Parish & Town Councils. The Countryside Agency 2003).
Marston Moreteyne Parish Plan
The Parish Council were keen for a plan to be prepared for Marston Moreteyne and that it should be prepared from the bottom up by members of the community. To this end a small committee was formed with the intention of getting other interested people from the village to come forward and take part. Unfortunately despite several attempts at raising interest the initial group has not grown sufficiently to undertake all the necessary tasks required to make the plan truly representative of the whole community.
Despite this lack of interest both the Parish Council and the Parish Plan Committee are still keen to see a Parish Plan for Marston that, when complete, will influence and inform the future development of the village. Given this desire it has been decided to use what information has been gathered to write a Parish plan that will then be made available for comment - see below for further information.