A Parish Plan is a community led project, produced at a very local level with a high degree of community involvement. It identifies the needs of the whole community with clear priorities, and provides an Action Plan to achieve them. There is also an opportunity for all parishioners to have a say in how the local area and services are managed. Lastly, a Parish Plan puts us on the agenda with the district and county councils, giving us a much-needed voice.
Barking Parish Plan Implementation Action Group Report
for the Annual Parish Meeting April 2014
The Parish Plan Steering Group produced the Final Report three years ago.
Copies of the Report, together with the Action Plan, were given to key stakeholders and decision makers as well as each Parish Group and Organisation. Key Stakeholders such as the Police, Suffolk County Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, the Parish Council, Suffolk Primary Care Trust and the local Doctors' surgeries all received copies, and a copy of the Business Report was given to local businesses.
The Final Report and Action Plan are available on the Parish website, and paper copies are available on request. It is still hoped that the Parish Plan will be a useful document which will guide decision making.
An ‘Implementation Action Group' was subsequently set up, which oversees the Action Plan. The current members are still Sue Marsh, Sue Bailey and Rosemary Cochrane.
47% of those residents who responded to the questionnaire expressed an interest in the Good Neighbour Scheme, so we invited Robert Horn, from Community Action Suffolk to speak to the Parish Meeting last year to provide us with further information so we could make an informed decision whether to take it any further. It was the decision of the meeting that such a formal scheme was not needed here in Barking.
No response was ever received from National Grid following the group's enquiry about a Gas connection to Barking.
The Action Plan was updated in February of this year and the next actions identified for attention are related to Energy Cost Savings. These actions will be looked at over the coming months, and the progress of the Action Plan will be reported on annually at this meeting.
Oil Buying Group A very disappointing response has been received to last month's request for all those Barking & Darmsden residents who wish to join an oil buying group to get in touch. Those that have come forward have their application forms. Please contact the Parish Plan Implementation Action Group (Sue Marsh, Sue Baily or Rosemary Cochrane) if you wish to join the Oil Buying Group by 30th April 2012
Bulk Purchase of Water Butts Responses to Question 15 of the General Questionnaire of the Barking Parish Plan revealed that a high percentage of residents collect and recycle rainwater. However, this was still less than half the households, so the there is an Action Point to consider the bulk purchase of water butts. The Implementation Action Group has secured a very good deal with Clarkes of Walsham for good quality Harcoster water butts (3 different sizes). Anyone interested should contact the IAG via Rosemary Cochrane asap (01473 657009) to take advantage of this excellent deal. East Anglia is one of the driest counties and it looks like 2012 is going to be yet another very dry summer.
An update from the Implementation Action Group 10/2/2012
Flooding When completing the Parish Plan Questionnaire, one person identified ‘flooding' as a problem. Please would that one person make contact with a member of the Implementation Action Group so that the problem can be addressed, if possible.
Updated Map of Barking Our thanks to Bob Merrifield for updating his original Map of Barking. A copy is enclosed with the March issue of the Four Parishes Magazine for all Barking residents. It was originally intended to include a copy with the Final Report of the Parish Plan, but as limited copies of the Final Report have been printed, it was felt better to include copies of the Map with an issue of this newsletter. This we are now doing.
Spare maps are available via the Parish Clerk or you can download a copy by clicking onto the following link: House Map of Barking 2009
Implementation Action Group Members :
Sue Marsh (01473 658583), Sue Bailey (01473 658525), Rosemary Cochrane (01473 657009)
- Want to save money on the cost of your heating oil?
The Barking Parish Plan Implementation Steering Group would like to hear from anyone who would like to join a new community based, countrywide oil buying syndicate. Over 60 people indicated in the Parish Plan questionnaire that they wold be interested in becoming part of a Parish buying group, so we are expecting a big response to this request. Responses to Implementation Steering Group members (Sue Marsh, Sue Bailey or Rosemary Cochrane) or via this link Parish Plan Implementation Steering Group
The Parish Plan Steering Group has now produced the Final Report. A copy is being given to key stakeholders and decision makers as well as each Parish group and organisation. We had originally planned to provide one to every household, but the cost of this is prohibitive. The Final Report is available on the Parish website and paper copies are available on request. Click onto the following link to view the Final Report -
Barking Parish Plan Final Report April 2011
The Action Plan is a separate document which is being distributed to all relavent groups and organisations. All key actions are contained within the Final Report, but a full copy of the Action Plan is available on request.
The Parish Council fully supports this very important project and will annually monitor the Action Plan to ensure key actions are followed up. The Parish Plan will be a very useful document which will guide decisions in the future. It should influence key stakeholders and decision makers on the future of Barking and Darmsden and the services we receive.
The next stage is to implement the Action Plan. An ‘Implementation Action Group' will need to be formed as soon as possible to take forward the Actions identified by the parish. Actions such as setting up a parish buying group for heating oil, setting up a Good Neighbour Scheme, looking into the feasibility of starting up a Community Shop, promoting the footpaths in the parish, and generally overseeing the Action Plan. Most actions are for the parish groups and organisations and most are very quick and easy to achieve, but the Action Plan will need to be managed. If you are interested in being a member of this Action Group, please get in touch with Rosemary Cochrane as soon as possible. The Steering Group has worked really hard on this project and it would be great to see some other volunteers come forward to implement this final stage of the Project.
Barking Parish Plan Steering Group
Contact: Rosemary Cochrane 01473 657009
THE PARISH PLAN PROCESS
Why are we bothering to go through this long Parish Plan exercise?
We are all familiar with the generally held view that “nobody listens to what we say”! Decisions about what happens in any community always seem to be taken by unknown officials. The findings from this questionnaire will enable the Parish Plan Steering Group to put on record what the people of this Parish think about a wide range of matters. It will then be possible for the Parish Council and others to influence future plans for the Parish of Barking.
What will happen to the questionnaire?
The Parish Plan Steering Group will analyse the answers to the questions and write a report on the findings to be distributed to every house. The findings will be used by organisations and Village Groups such as the Village Hall Management committee to review their work and possibly make changes for the better. With a bit of luck new groups will arise to carry some new projects forward. The report will also provide evidence for the Parish Council to make representations to the District and County/Unitary Council and government agencies for grant support for changes or improvements in local provision.
Why is there a separate questionnaire for young people?
Because they have very particular interests which are not represented on the main questionnaire. It is important to give them a voice.
Who are the Steering Group?
Some volunteers came forward at the initial Public Meeting in April 2006, and others expressed an interest subsequently. They are a very good mix of age, sex and occupation and between them have knowledge of the different organisations in Barking and the different housing areas of the Parish. Input has also been sought from representatives of Darmsden.
Who thought up the questions?
The Steering Group used a huge bank of sample questions to start this exercise. Questions were chosen and worded to deal with issues thought to be of interest. In the full knowledge that the subjects of the questions will not cover everything, an open question is included at the end.
How is this all being funded?
A Parish and Town Plans Grant was provided by DEFRA via Suffolk ACRE, Barking Parish Council has made a small contribution - 5% of the budget, Mid Suffolk District Council has provided a Community Projects Minor Grant, County Councillor Julia Truelove has allocated a grant from the Suffolk County Council Locality Budget and Barking Community Council has pledged financial support if needed. The Parish Council has backed what is being done as the councillors can see it will be enormously helpful to their future planning. The whole project is only possible because Steering Group members have been prepared to give many hours of their own time to do the preparatory work, attend training courses, organise Public meetings, draw up the questionnaires and eventually, write the report.
Will I be identified?
NO! Great lengths are being taken to preserve confidentiality. You do not write your name anywhere. When your questionnaire is completed you will seal it in a plain envelope before handing it back to the distributor/collector. The envelopes will be handed in to one person who will keep them securely until they are opened to enter the data. By that time there will be over 200 envelopes and no way of telling which came from where.