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Martin Parish Plan 2006

The concept of a "Parish Plan" was introduced by the Government as a means of enabling local communities to: "take more control of their own lives; to say what they want doing in their own neighbourhood and to engage with others to get it done".

Following a decision by the Parish Council (PC) to develop a Martin Parish Plan, a preliminary village meeting was held in July 2004 where an overview of what a Parish Plan was and how it could positively affect Martin was presented. Based on the results of that meeting, it was decided to develop a Parish Plan for Martin and its satellite communities.

A "Martin Parish Plan Steering Committee" was formed and held its first meeting on 12th August 2004. An early decision was the need to secure adequate funding for this project and approaches were made to "Awards for All" (Lottery grants for Local Groups) and the NFDC. In December 2004 notification was received of a £5000 grant from Awards for All and later on a £500 grant from NFDC. This funding enabled the committee to engage Bournemouth University Business School (BUBS) to undertake an independent survey of village views and concerns, which was conducted during April/May 2005, culminating in a village "Open Evening" on May 27th.

These findings were then incorporated into a questionnaire that in September 2005 was delivered to all villagers aged 11 years and older. Data from the questionnaire returns was then fed into a specialist computer program by BUBS, which enabled detailed analysis and the development of various graphs and tables that have been used in the final report. A presentation of some interim facts and figures was made at a village "Open Evening" held on November 25th 2005.

The Committee, in liaison with the Community Planning Officer and other local authority bodies, developed an "Action List" of those issues arising from the conclusions reached from each section of the Plan. This was then incorporated into the plan as a whole and submitted to the PC for their approval.

The final version of the plan was presented at a "Village Evening" at Martin Club on Wednesday 22nd March where approximately 60 parishioners were present. Copies were distributed to households not present.

Following this, the action points are now being addressed by village volunteers and the Parish Council.