Upham: Our Village, Our Voice
Here is our Parish Plan. It is a summary of the responses you all made to the questionnaires sent out at the end of 2013.
We hope you find it interesting and informative.
At the end of the report is an Action Plan covering issues which were raised by your responses. So, now is the time to get involved! Is there something in that list that really gets you going? Are there things there that you would really like to see happen, for example new village signposts, better communication, more local food or improved broadband speed? If so, make it happen by joining a working group!
OVOV Steering Group
Roads & Transport
Roy Kimble on 01489 860327 firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadband and Mobile
David Ashe on 01489 860396 email@example.com)
Cyn Kimble on 01489 860327 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Staples-Rolfe on 01489 895338 email@example.com
What is a Parish Plan?
It aims to find out what features, local characteristics, facilities and services are valued by people in the village. It also aims to identify local problems and issues which need to be tackled. This information will then enable us to create a document which makes clear how we want our community to develop in the future and to create an action plan to achieve this vision.
Why are we doing it?
Our Plan will influence decisions by service providers, help inform the Parish Council’s strategy, influence the planning of actions by people in the parish and – hopefully – win funds for local initiatives.
The Story so far
Early in 2012 the Parish Council decided to investigate the possibility of creating a Parish Plan for Upham.
In March 2012 a Public Meeting was held in the Village Hall to promote awareness and interest in the idea and volunteers were requested to form a steering group.
October 2012 saw the first meeting of the volunteer steering group and the formation of Upham: Our Village, Our Voice.
In February 2013 members of the Steering Group visited every household in the parish chatting to people whenever possible to find their views and identify any issues. They left details of….
The Launch Meeting on 9th March 2013 in the Village Hall. This was a great success with 60 – 70 attendees. Doug Jones from Buriton village gave an inspirational talk on the positive effect of the Parish Plan on their village after which tea and coffee were served and we broke up into interest groups to discuss issues which had been identified. These groups have continued to meet through April and May to further tease out issues and to begin to formulate questions for the Village Questionnaire. New members have joined both the Steering Group and the interest groups and questions are now being worked on by a market research professional.
The Village Questionnaire was made available. The questionnaires were filled in either on paper, or online.
November, December 2013. The returned questionnaires were analysed, there was further discussion by the interest groups and an action plan was developed.
Autumn 2014 A beautiful document was produced which celebrates the unique nature of our village. Within it is an action plan to enable the community to tackle issues raised and so achieve their vision of Upham in the future.
These actions will only be achieved if lots of people contribute and share the tasks, so please do get in touch.