From the introduction:
At a meeting in the summer of 2011 Stonesfield Parish Council decided to initiate a Community Plan in partnership with the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, (OCC) and West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC). An important part of the planning process involved various stages of consultation culminating in a report guided through a questionnaire, which enabled all members of the Community of Stonesfield to give their views on what features of the village were important to them, and their thoughts on what could be improved. The questionnaire also allowed them to identify the priority they gave to each issue. This report was to provide important information to assist the completion of the Stonesfield Community Plan.The report was commissioned in December 2011. It was to be conducted by Peter Clifton devising the questionnaire on both paper and online. The questions posed were to be created by consultation with villagers, and three focus groups conducted with working mothers of young children, working males and teenagers. All the leaders of village groups and institutions were to be approached for input.
Street interviews were conducted with travellers at bus stops at 7 am in winter and with people walking in the dark on a weekday evening between 6.30 and 8.30 pm.
The questionnaire was delivered to every home in Stonesfield and that everyone in the village was given the opportunity to complete it and express their views on the many issues identified.
A group of eight volunteers inputted the results of 432 questionnaires during August and September.
The results can now be seen by downloading the final report by clicking on the image of the from cover or from here.
According to Bob Lawrence:
The Stonesfield Village Community Led Plan will be an evolving document. It will outline how the Community of Stonesfield sees itself, what our aspirations are and how we hope to make Stonesfield live up to our vision.
The Plan is not just a statement of what Stonesfield is like now, nor is it a simple wish list of things we want (or indeed things we don’t want).
Rather it forms a strategy for developing the village.
This initial plan will covers the 5 years from 2012 – 2017. Many things will change in this time and it’s important that the Plan is reviewed regularly at least every year to keep it up to date and review progress against the objectives.