29 Jan 2020

During the latter half of 2019 the Steering Group, whilst working on other aspects of the process, has being taking steps to publicise the Neighbourhood Plan within the community and also seek ‘Initial Ideas’ as to what residents and others, feel are the ‘good’ points about the area and also what aspects could be improved.

Several of the Group members ran a stall and display at the Community Garden Party in Kirkby Malzeard on July 20, 2019 where we gave out leaflets explaining the purpose of the Plan and also gathered a sizeable number of useful ideas and suggestions from those who attended.

We followed this up by producing a September update and questionnaire which was included within the catalogue at the Kirkby Malzeard and District Flower and Produce Show on September 7, 2019. Approximately 100 people received the handout, which was also published on village noticeboards, and whilst responses were limited, those we received were helpful.

Finally, a stand and display were provided for the Parish Council’s Drug Awareness meeting on December 10, 2019 where a December update was handed out. The meeting was not well attended but it did provide some further publicity and feedback, with the Update again being published on noticeboards in Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton and Dallowgill.

We also sought to involve children at the local school by asking them what they liked and didn’t like about the area where they lived when they were producing some logo designs for us at the end of summer term.

These are some of the Initial Ideas we have received, which have been used as references within the production of the Public Consultation held in Spring 2020.

‘Improved parking facilities needed on Main Street’
‘Some affordable housing for young people’
‘Better maintained footpaths in the countryside’
‘People should adhere to Speed Limits’
‘Wonderful peaceful area with nice people’
‘Lots of community events’
 'Lovely to have School, Doctors, Shop, Garage and useful tradesmen'
‘Public toilets for walkers and visitors’
‘Maintain Architectural legacy’
‘Zebra crossing near school entrance’
‘Large car park like Buckden’
‘Encourage Community spirit’
‘Improved bus service’
‘Extend 20mph limit and enforce it’
‘Upgraded sewer system needed in Kirkby’
‘Less traffic on the Back Lanes’
‘Do the street lights have to be on all night?’
‘Lucky to have all the facilities we have’
‘Better gritting needed in Laverton’
‘Bring back the Post Office’
‘More integration for cyclists’
‘Retain the village atmosphere’
‘Wonderful scenery and trees’
‘Restrict parking on narrow sections of Main Street’
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