- Local Government
The Beech Hill Village Plan, published in March 2013 listed a number of actions identified by the responses to the questionnaire completed by all Beech Hill residents in 2012. To read the Village Plan document select 'Village Plan' under the 'Village' menu above, (or go to www.beechhillvillage.co.uk/village-plan ) and click on the picture.
Listed below are the actions together with any progress made to date in achieving these actions. This page is continually being updated, so please come back to see what progress has been made.
If you know of any progress which has been made which is not already listed then please contact webmaster [at] beechhillvillage.co.uk or any member of the Village Action Group Steering Committee.
If you can help in any way in putting any of these actions into practice then please contact any member of the Village Action Group Steering Committee.
|3||Make road crossing easier and improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.||See 1. Look at specific crossing options near church and pub.||High||VAG||BHPC, WBC, independent consultant, Police||75% of residents experience difficulty in crossing road. Chicanes and width restrictions most popular solutions.||Safer|
|4||Extend footpaths to assist safe journeys and encourage less car use.||
Desirable to extend current incomplete footpaths to Mortimer Station, and Spencers Wood (cf.
Sustrans). Discuss options with WBC and land owners.
|High||VAG||WBC, local landowners, Sustrans, Police||176 new jounreys on foot would be made each week if there were a suitable footpath.||safer, healthy, greener, accessible|
|6||Increase inclusiveness of the village||
Advertise the village clubs through e mail shot to potentially increase
membership. Start by trying to establish a new group eg Theatre group (need volunteer)
|Low||VAG||25% of survey respondents expressed an interest in the village clubs||prosperous, healthy|
|7||Increase membership of buying groups||Advertise the buying groups to increase awareness and potentially membership - Use examples to demonstrate the potential savings of groups||Medium||VAG||Buying group members||c. 50% of survey respondents expressed an interest in joining buying groups||Prosperous|
|9||Reduce incidents of premises burglary||Advertise the Neighbourhood watch scheme (s)||Low||VAG||Neighbourhood watch group(s)||
Just under 10% of respondents had experienced a premises
burglary. This coupled with the stats on Neighbourhood watch, suggest that the neighbourhood watch scheme (s), could help to reduce crime
Creat a plan for introduction of
allotments, wild area, park area and improvement to play area
|List current assets that can be used, both public and private. Design multi use areas to meet all needs.||High||VAG||BHPC, local landowners||Q14, Q20 - three biggest areas demanded.||healthy, greener, safer, prosperous|
|17||Establish what amenities are required and establish if they be delivered/improved and action accordingly||
Establish where issues are and if improvements can be made
Establish an amenities
sub committee to oversee
raising and activities to
broaden usage of local
|Low/ Medium||VAG||70%-80% ranked amenities badly, especially for younger people||community|
|20||Achieve limited growth in the village population to provide additional affordable accommodation||Commence a dialogue with interested local land owners to establish the feasibility and impact of a limited development of eight to twelve houses within the village||Medium||VAG||BHPC||Most in favour of 3 bedroom and below||prosperous, accessible|
|21||Raise awareness of local amenities and improve participation in local social and recreational activities with a particular focus on children and young people||Establish a Beech Hill 'Amenities, events and Social Activities Society' to oversee and promote the major social and recreational activities within the village. Ensure that children and young people are represented on the committee||Medium||VAG||Webmaster||Less than 50% aware of some key village amenities|
|22||To reduce fear of crime, personal harm and nuisance amongst local residents by improving community safety||Improve communitysafety activity through the appointment of a community safety volunteer, reporting to the parish council to liaise with the local police and mobilise local residents to improve awareness of community safety issues||High||VAG||BHPC||30 burglaries and 25 acts of vandalism in last 3 years||safer|