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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROCESS FOR WORTH MATRAVERS PARISH PLAN
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROCESS FOR WORTH MATRAVERS PARISH PLAN 2004 - 2007 Stages Process PDC Officer Comments The idea Information on Parish Plans sent to all Parish Councils during April and In 2002 Dorset Community Action contacted all parishes in the August 2003. District and offered a presentation on the Parish Plan. Presentations were given by DCA and PDC to a public meeting on 5th April 2006 Parish Council agreed to support the idea and registration of intent sent to the Countryside Agency, Letters of support obtained from organisations including PDC, Successful application made for funding Establishing the Interest in forming a steering group Worth Matravers Parish Plan Steering Open invitation made to the Parish to make the process of setting Steering Group group was established April 2006 up a steering committee as inclusive as possible. & Two events were organised to communicate the idea a) a Coffee on the A good cross section of residents from both communities of Worth methods of Green morning in Worth Matravers on the Bank Holiday, 29th May, and a Matravers and Harmans Cross was recruited to the steering group. communication stand at a Harmans Cross Coffee Morning at Harmans Cross Village Hall. Invitations to join the steering group were sent to Harmans Cross with community Steering Group formed late 2006 Village Hall, Worth Matravers Village Hall, Harmans Cross W.I., Harmans Cross Afternoon Club, Worth Matravers Afternoon Club, The National Trust (as substantial property owners in the Parish) and The Swanage Railway The Consultation Methods of consultation and involving the community in the Parish Plan A variety of methods were used to ensure maximum involvement by process process included: open meetings, parish survey both quantitative and the community. Considerable time and effort was given to this part qualitative, ongoing dialogue between the steering group and parishioners. of the process by the steering group. The group conducted a detailed household survey (2007 Community An extremely high return rate for the survey was achieved by Survey) which was delivered to every household. The completed surveys delivering and collecting the survey by the hand. were subsequently analysed by an independent agency which ensured Due to the large number of second homes in the Parish (i.e. 45% of the results were unbiased. the total dwelling in Worth Matravers) concerted efforts were made Second Home owners were consulted as part of the Community Survey to consult with second home owners To ensure that their views A separate Housing Needs Survey had already been undertaken by The were taken into consideration and to help promote community Rural Housing Enabler and Worth Community Land Trust had been cohesion established The Steering Group sought feedback on the final draft of the plan The steering group consulted with PDC Officers and sought feedback on the final draft of the plan Additional The plan demonstrates extensive research into the geographical, Excellent background as a context to the findings of the community Research economic and historic context of the area. consultation. The Action Plan A detailed action plan to address the needs identified through The Parish Plan group produced detailed action points within the consultation body of the plan which identified the lead agency responsible for taking the action forward and a recommended timescale for each (PCPB – 16.07.08) action. APPENDIX 5 Endorsement & The Parish Plan was adopted by Worth Parish Council in March 2008 The Final Plan was published in March 2008 and copies delivered Publishing to every household, PDC, DCC
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