2027: to decide how our Parish will look in 15 years
St Mary Bourne, Stoke and the hamlets which ring the valley make up a parish with its own special character. The combination of a long historic background and constant evolution have made it a living, busy and active village, but kept the benefits of the lovely environment we live in, from the old buildings dotted along the centre of the village to the parcels of woodland which characterise the farms.
On the downside, we have not benefited as much as we might from updating of some services. Sewage, water, broadband and traffic issues are raised by many residents as areas which could well be improved.
Against this background, new legislation from parliament and a new borough plan from Basingstoke and Deane have put the emphasis on local decision-making, at the parish level, to decide how we want our village to look in 2027. This might seem a long way off, but the new legislation also means that if we do not set out our ideas and our plan, we can be vulnerable to decisions being made by others which will have a lasting impact on the village.
It was once said, by a famous author, that “for everything to stay the same, everything must change”. We are not quite at that stage, but as village we need to make a plan. As a start, a steering group has been working to gather information on how the village is now, and to investigate the framework that we must work within. Under the new rules, we should finish with a legally-binding document.
As the first step, we are holding a presentation afternoon, to show the initial findings and to allow you to have your say and put forward any questions. There will be displays covering important areas such as housing, the surgery, the school, sewage and water, the environment and many others. Please come and participate in a process that will define how St Mary Bourne looks in 15 years’ time.
Friday 20 April 2012 - Drop in from 4pm to 8pm - St Mary Bourne Village Hall
To download the current Parish Plan 2005 click here.