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Village Plan - Actions

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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. 

Actions

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  Objective Actions Priority Project Manager/ Team Leader Other Partners Justification/ Comments Sustainable Communities Strategy Theme

Traffic

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1 Examine whether speeding an issue and propose solutions Develop traffic management policy: discuss possible options with WBC and traffic consultant. High VAG BHPC, WBC, independent
consultant, Police
Top concern raised in survey safer, greener

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2 Examine whether traffic volume an issue and propose solutions See 1. High VAG BHPC, WBC, independent consultant, Police Changes in signs outside village have increased volume. Sat navs send large vehicles down narrow lanes. safer, greener

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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

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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

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5 Improve public transport Discuss with local bus companies and WBC how to extend local services through Beech Hill, especially to Mortimer Station and Reading Medium VAG WBC, BHPC, Bus Companies 20 new journeys a week likely prosperous, safer, greener

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Community and Social

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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

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Plans are in hand to produce a Welcome Pack for new residents giving lotss of useful information. There are also plans to produce a quarterly newsletter which will be delivered to all households in the village. Other events such as the Beech Hill Festival aimed to bring villagers together. Other actions listed below should also contribute to inclusiveness.

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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

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A few residents are members of an oil buying group. It would be good to increase the membership. If you would like to join the group, or have suggestions for other buying groups, please email bhplan [at] bhvillage.co.uk

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8 Increase membership of Neighbourhood watch groups Advertise the Neighbourhood watch scheme (s) Medium VAG Neighbourhood watch group(s) Just under 50% of survey respondents indicated that they would join a neighbourhood watch scheme safer

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All residents are now members of the village-wide Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Signs have gone up around the village indicating that the village is a Neighbourhood Watch Area, and stickers will shortly be available for residents to put on their doors. Contact Peter or Laura at nhw [at] beechhillvillage.co.uk for further details.

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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
safer

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Action 6 and Action 8 should help to achieve this. There is also now a regular ‘Have Your Say’ event by Thames Valley Police in St Mary’s Church where you can talk to our local PCSOs about any concerns.

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10 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

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Improvements to the play area has already taken place but we are open to other suggestions. There has been no progress in the provision of allotments, wild areas or park areas. If you have any ideas, or would like to become involved in setting up any of these, please email villageplan [at] beechhillvillage.co.uk

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11 Create more circular footpahs Produce ideas for all possible linkups and discuss with council and local landowners. High VAG BHPC, local landowners About 70% considered this high priority. healthy, greener, safer, prosperous

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The Steering Committee started on the production of a map of existing footpaths before it was taken over by the Parish Council. If you would like to help us in looking into the development of new footpaths or the reopening of old footpaths, please email villageplan [at] beechhillvillage.co.uk

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12 Reduce litter List all litter related issues (including fly tipping, litter, dog fouling) and draw up a plan to reduce. High VAG BHPC Q17, concern with three areas reaches 90%. healthy, greener, safer, prosperous

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A 'Take Pride in Your Village' day is being planned for Spring 2015 (postponed from August 2014). It is hoped that this will be a regular event which will bring villagers together to keep the village clean, tidy and a place to be proud to live in.

Planning and Environment

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13 Ensure assets are listed/protected List all assets.
Establish protection
mechanism/systems
Medium VAG PCC,BHPC Key village assets enjoy 60%-70% support green, prosperous

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14 Increase awareness of village committees and organisations List & publish clubs/committees on website High VAG Webmaster Knowledge of village organisations varies from 45%-90% healthy

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Click to Edit A list of some of the village organizations was uploaded to the website on 30 March 2014. The list needs expanding and updating. Please email webmaster [at] beechhillvillage.co.uk with any additions or corrections. Peter Simpson - Webmaster

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15 Establish whether village services can be improved and action accordingly Establish where issues are and if improvements can be made Medium VAG   Several key services ranked as poor or very poor prosperous

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16 Successful establishment of a community/village shop Liaise with shop committee to identify support needed and action as appropriate. High VAG Shop Committee 67% consider shop important or higher healthy, prosperous

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A very successful Community Shop has been operating in the church for two years but more volunteers are always needed to work in the shop in order to ensure its continued success. If you would like to volunteer please email sam [at] thevillageshopatbeechhill.co.uk or call in at the shop for a chat with the Managers – Sam or Jude.

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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
improvement, awareness
raising and activities to
broaden usage of local
amenities
Low/ Medium VAG   70%-80% ranked amenities badly, especially for younger people community

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18 Ensure position on new housing is clearly communicated Define for plan document as possibly too contentious for website Medium VAG Webmaster, BHPC More than 50% agree some development is needed prosperous

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19 Ensure detail of any potential new housing clearly communicated Define for plan document as possibly too contentious for website Medium VAG Webmaster, BHPC More than 50% agree some development is needed prosperous

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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

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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  

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The proposed Welcome Pack and quarterly Newsletter will go some way to achieving action 21 and action 14, but more could be achieved. If you have any suggestions, or would like to become involved, please give your name and contact details below. There is also the Beech Hill Village Website at www.beechhillvillage.co.uk which is updated regularly with local news and events. It also lists some (though not all) village organizations. To make sure you are kept informed please register on the website by clicking the ‘Register/Login’ link at the top of any page. If you would like to be involved in providing website content then please contact webmaster [at] beechhillvillage.co.uk

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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

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The Neighbourhood Watch scheme will go some way towards achieving action 22

 

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