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Donnington Parish Plan Progress


In the recent Parish Newsletter, there was an expectation that a questionnaire would be made available in the near future so that residents could say how they felt about the Parish of Donnington in order for that information to be included in a Parish Plan update. Since that intention was announced, new information regarding the government's attitude toward County, District and Parish Councils has begun to trickle through.

It is becoming clear that the coalition government are keen that much more responsibility for local decisions rests with local people. What this means in practice, however, is not at all clear. Because of this, it does not make any sense for the Parish Plan committee to go to a lot of trouble to create a questionnaire and for residents to go to a lot of trouble to complete it when there is so much uncertainty as to how useful it will be.

It has, therefore, been decided to delay the questionnaire until 2011. By that time, there should be more guidance available and it should be possible to produce an updated Parish Plan suitable for the following 4 to 5 years.

In the meantime, the Parish Council intend to publish a report on how well the actions emanating from the previous Parish Plan have been achieved. The hope is to publish this by the end of 2010.

Donnington Parish

September 2010