This Parish Plan is to supersede the previous Plan of 2012. This plan will set out a vision of what is important, how to preserve valued local features and to map out the facilities which the community needs to safeguard for the future. The plan 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.
Although the Parish council has undertaken to write the Parish Plan, it is a document by and for the people of Burghfield. For the Parish Plan to have any impact it must outline how “the community as a whole” wants to see itself develop over at least the next decade. It aims to identify local problems and opportunities and long-term vision for the future. An Action Plan sets out the steps needed to achieve this vision. This document will be produced from the survey scheduled for distribution early 2019 with a public open meeting to be scheduled for residents to view the draft document.
The Parish Council is in a unique position to collate the Parish Plan: as an executive body elected by parishioners, it represents and leads the parish; it is bound by a Code of Conduct which governs its actions; it was elected to act on any problems and issues that arise, to ensure that the best interests of the parish as a whole is upheld; it has access to information on local issues and resources and is a conduit for information, policies and decisions coming from the District Council.
The Parish Plan will be of significant value in making any future funding bids for enhanced facilities in the parish. It will help to show links between service providers and where there may be overlaps or gaps in provision. It should also stimulate us all to be active in improving our local environment and, by bringing people together within the parish and the surrounding area, to help us get the services we need, to share our thoughts and enjoy being part of this community.