Parish Councillor Geraldine Lawrence has written a letter in June’s Slate as an introduction in which she says:
There are two main purposes of the questionnaire. The first is to enable all members of the Community of Stonesfield to guide the Steering Group during the next stage of the planning process which is to rank the suggested issues and projects for Stonesfield in order of priority. These have already been identified through the previous stages of the Community Planning process ( the initial questionnaire, the well attended launch of the plan which filled the village hall and the interviews with all sections and groups within Stonesfield).The second purpose of the questionnaire is to demonstrate to funding bodies that future requests for funding projects are supported by as many people living in Stonesfield as possible. Bids from those villages achieving high questionnaire returns are more likely to be supported. While Stonesfield is able to show that people from about half of the homes in Stonesfield have participated in the identification of issues only a good return from the questionnaire will indicate the importance given by the community to each issue and the extent to which the views are shared. We hope you will complete and return the questionnaire.
As an additional incentive, there are three prizes of £50 (chosen at random, presumably) for completed returned forms online or for the paper version that has been distributed door-to-door in the village.
For further details and background see cover letter details with introduction by Sue Corrigan of the Stonesfield Community Plan Steering Group, plus a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
To take part in the village survey on behalf of your household please enter your answers by following this link....
Bob Lawrence is at the wheel in respects of communicating its work to the village, and he's initiated a section with the stonesfield.info site to do this - no doubt in other local media too.
The mini-site is within the Stonesfield Life section of the top menu, or you can visit the Stonesfield Community Plan Steering Group's mini-site by clicking this link.
At the time of writing, Bob has listed many of the suggestions of Stonesfield villagers. We look forward to more news and developments!
Headlines from its posting are also currently highlighted on this site's home page.
Aimée, shown right digesting just some of the subsequent feedback, asked the ninety or so locals that packed the Village Hall to propose what they liked about Stonesfield, what they didn’t like and what could be improved.
You can see the photo-gallery in yesterday’s post more of these responses in raw form.
According to Aimée, the point of the exercise, which this brainstorming marked the beginning, is to create a vision for Stonesfield; what Stonesfield wants of its Community and how to get it done over the next 5 to 10 years.
A quick perusal of the suggestions suggests, however, some conflicting priorities, so it looks like there'll be plenty to play for in the coming consultations.
In ORCC’s experience, using voluntary effort, these sorts of plans take 12 to 18 months to thrash out, and generally achieve around a 60% response rate in reply to the questionnaires that follow these events.
So far 70 plus community plans have been developed in Oxfordshire since 2003, while 64 are currently been worked upon. It was suggested by ORCC that such plans are valued by policy makers due to their community involvement, and can and do enhance communities in the process.
Some examples were cited in ORCC documentation handed out.
Examples of the sort of issues generally included were:
- Speeding traffic
- Community facilities.
Aimée then kicked off the consultation - and seemed impressed with the ensuing mêlée!
Keen to keep on the meeting’s good side, she concluded by describing Stonesfield as “a lovely place with a community coming together”.