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LINDALE & NEWTON IN CARTMEL COMMUNITY PLAN
Formerly Allithwaite Upper Parish Council
Our current Community Plan was published in May 2008, shortly after the opening of the High and Low Newton bypass which was, arguably, the last significant benefit to be provided for our community.
Since then we have mainly lost community facilities – one of Lindale’s two pubs, the Lindale Inn, has closed, Lindale Post Office has been forced to reduce opening hours to remain in business, Lindale Sports Club folded due to lack of volunteers, and we now face the prospect of the closure of Lindale Church in the immediate future.
The Parish Council is required to review the Community Plan periodically, and to this end an eighteen point questionnaire was delivered to households in the Parish earlier this year. There has been a very good response to the questionnaire, and we hope that the replies will help the Parish Council to determine policies and priorities for the coming years.
In the questionnaire we largely used a 1 to 5 rating to record respondents’ views, 5 indicating greatest importance/concern and 1 the lowest. For the following summary we have grouped responses 4 with 5, and 1 with 2, assuming 3 to be a neutral response. For simplicity non- responses to particular questions have been assumed to be neutral.
The logical follow up to the Community Plan would be a Neighbourhood Development Plan. That would give your Parish Council significantly greater influence when considering planning matters. Like the Community Plan it would need a working party of residents to bring it to fruition. If you would like to get involved, just let us know – the Parish Council would be delighted to provide guidance and support.
And finally, why not consider joining the Parish Council? There are currently two vacancies for the Lindale ward and no particular experience is needed – just an interest in local affairs.
Mike Squire, Chairman, Lindale and Newton-in-Cartmel Parish Council
Formerly Allithwaite Upper Parish Council
Community Plan 2008
The Development of the Parish’s Community Plan commenced with a public meeting held on Wednesday 27 September 2006 in Lindale Village Hall. The meeting was attended by 40 residents of the Parish. It was subsequently completed in May 2008 and adopted as a planning document by the Parish Council in July 2008.
What is a Community Plan?
Essentially an Action Plan developed by the local community setting out a vision of what is important, how new development can best be fitted in, the design and quality standards it should meet, how to preserve valued local features and to map out the facilities that the community needs to safeguard the future of the Parish
So – Why do a Community Plan?
- To reflect the views and feelings of local people. It’s a chance for local people and organisations to get involved in making a difference in their own area.
- The development of a Community Plan is an opportunity for the issues and concerns to be written down and discussed.
- Community Plans can be used to make sure local concerns and characteristics are taken into account before any planning decisions are made. The Plan is also an important document that can be fed into other plans and strategies.
- To provide and articulate to South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council and other stakeholders a better understanding and appreciation of the issues that are causing our community the most concern as well as drawing together our aspirations of how we envisage things should be in the future.
- To give our community an opportunity to have a say in how our area and services are managed.
- To raise awareness of environmental and social issues that affect our community and to provide us with the opportunity to convey our views to the principal authorities and service providers.
- To identify and address local concerns.
- To improve relationships with principal authorities and service providers.
Who decides what the plan contains?
All members of the local community (youngest to eldest) through: the development of the Community Plan in partnership with local groups, businesses and residents in our community.
By consulting and gaining the views of all. The final plan should identify key facilities and services, set out the problems that need to be tackled and show how the distinctive character and features of the Parish can be conserved. The success or otherwise of the Plan lies in the communities involvement.
- Provides the evidence and a mechanism for us as a community to influence our local authority, service providers and planners.
- Enables and encourages the community to take responsibility for their area and to take a lead in what happens now and in the future through the identification and discussion of the key issues facing us.
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