During the autumn of 2002 you will remember an action plan survey was undertaken in Willingdon and Jevington. The information from 1,102 respondents contained in the 659 completed forms is incorporated into the action plan accepted by the Parish Council on 17th March 2003.
The recommendations contained in the plan are summarized here for your information. If you would like to see the full plan a copy is held at the Parish Office, 3 Gorringe Valley Road and also in the Willingdon Library, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon.
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who took time to complete the survey form and especially those members of the community who served on the steering committee, helped devise the survey and delivered the forms to your doors.
The Parish Council should explore the possibility of setting up vehicle sharing schemes. Action Sussex provides help on setting up the schemes and applying for grant aid.
The Parish Council should bring the shortcomings in the bus service to the attention of the bus companies and the County Council. Regular meetings are held with the County Council on improving local relationships and this is an ideal forum to bring the results of the survey to the attention of the County Council. (Bus timetables and routes were revised earlier this year)
The Parish Council supports the plans by the County Council to introduce traffic calming in Coppice Avenue. Also the Parish Council needs to keep the pressure on the County Council to introduce safety measures along the main road A2270 and on the Wannock to Jevington road. Pressure should be directed to the County Council to undertake the promised study of the A2270 following the completion of the Polegate by pass. Also the speed limit and weight restriction through Wannock requires enforcement action.
The Parish Council through its links with the County Council in fostering local relationships needs to explore extending the facilities for cyclists on dedicated cycle lanes away from motorized traffic.
The Parish Council needs to continue to explore an improved programme of pavement repairs and additional footpaths.
The Parish Council should continue to oppose the allocation of housing to the Mornings Mill site.
The Parish Council should continue to lobby the Police for a greater police presence in the Parish especially in Willingdon. Increasing activities for young people can best be achieved in the short term by consultation with the schools and voluntary organizations. In the long term this should be kept in mind in the event of obtaining the Hindsland Playing Fields. The ongoing programme of improving the footway lighting in the Parish should be continued. (The new Chief Constable has recently revised policing methods and to increase visible police presence.)
Sport and Leisure
The Parish Council should foster participation in sport. The Parish Council is able to give grants to sports and leisure organizations seeking to increase their membership and activities.
The list of local organizations and contacts prepared as part of the Action Plan should be made available to the public at the Willingdon Library. The Parish newsletter should encourage residents to join local organizations and should draw attention to the list of organizations in the library.
The Parish Council should work with the principle councils and agencies in seeking ways to increase worthwhile social activities for young people.
The response in respect of a Health Centre should be made known to the Health Authority and that relating to a Day Centre should be made known to the County Council Social Services Department.
The Parish Council campaign against litter has received public endorsement from the survey and should be continued. Efforts to press for more recycling and less traffic should also be continued. The works to plant bulbs around the village now appear to be complete and hopefully the bulbs will continue to appear each spring for many years.
The leaflet on local walks should be updated and reissued in conjunction with the County Council and the Ramblers' Association.
The Parish Council long running efforts to acquire Hindsland Playing Fields together with Polegate Town Council should continue as this is a prime site to develop much needed sports and other activities for young people especially facilities for the Grasshoppers youngsters football teams. Facilities for youngsters to meet safely are clearly needed. The prime facility requested is a multi purpose hard surface playing area.
The young peoples section is seen as particularly important raising many questions rather than answers and a copy of the report should be sent to the headteachers of the two local schools. The information is seen as a good basis of discussion between Councillors, School Governors and school headteachers and staff.
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