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Questions On Future Of Village

by Julian Dancer

Villagers are being asked to take part in a survey that could decide the future of their community.

Residents of Helmdon will be able to make their thoughts and views known by completing a questionnaire as part of their Parish Plan.

The survey will be the second stage of public consultation following a successful Future Needs Day last summer when residents attended an exhibition at the village school and were invited to identify issues that were important to them. Based on that information the Helmdon Parish Plan Steering Group put together the questionnaire, which was distributed at the weekend.

Danny Moody, chairman of the steering group, said: "Every resident of the parish should complete the questionnaire.

"We would like the results to be as representative as possible, and if we can get a more than 90% response that would be really great.

"The results of the survey will be presented to the village in a public meeting later in the year.

Parish Plans are part of the Government's Vital Villages programme, and Helmdon was awarded a £4,000 grant last year by South Northamptonshire District Council to cover the costs of drawing up its plan.

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