Residents asked to look into future
By Julian Dancer
Hundreds of residents have taken part in a survey to establish
the future needs of their village.
Helmdon School was packed on Saturday, as villagers joined
a community wide consultation on youth needs, transport,
amenities, housing and development, environment, and culture.
Every visitor was asked to place a coloured pin on an enlarged
map of the parish to show where they lived - and encouraged
to ask questions.
Their thoughts will form the basis of a parish plan and
ongoing discussions on village needs.
Helmdon, the three-times winner and current holder of the
Northamptonshire Village of the Year title, has recently
been granted funding for the survey from the Countryside
Agency's Vital Villages Programme, which is sponsored by
South Northamptonshire Council and Northamptonshire ACRE.
The parish plan will set out the future needs of the village
- and all residents were encouraged to share their views,
thoughts, concerns, and ideas.
Danny Moody, a parish councillor and chairman of the Helmdon
parish plan steering group, was delighted with all the interest
shown, and said the day had been very successful.
He said: "The event has produced many favourable comments.
Several thought provoking ideas we received today will form
the basis of a new village survey in September, which will
give everyone a further chance to air their views on the
future of Helmdon."
He added: "A village-wide questionnaire will be distributed,
to give everyone the opportunity to comment on a whole range
of issues that affect a rural community in the 21st century."
A further accolade for Helmdon was announced in April this
year, when its website www.helmdon.com was voted the UK
Village Web Site of the Year 2003.
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