I am delighted to introduce this first Parish Plan for our community. It is an important milestone for us in shaping our future. We are justifiably proud of our parish and the plan will help us preserve and improve our facilities and the activities that bring life to them.
It has taken a long while to prepare because of the time needed for wide consultation. A great deal of effort has gone into preparing the plan. It has stimulated discussion and involvement from all sections of our community. We owe our thanks to the steering group, everyone who has contributed and the agencies who have supported the work. All the proposals are validated by evidence and over 500 of our 700 residents have contributed their views.
The plan includes actions we can take as individuals and actions we can take together. Some we can do quickly and others will take more time. All of them are achievable. They will help ensure that we keep and improve the activities and amenities which make Longparish such a good place to live.
The Parish Council adopted the plan in May 2005. I urge everyone in our village to help put it into action.