Thank you for taking an interest in the Parish Plan for the villages of Granby and Sutton. The Village Plan document is the result of the hard work and enthusiasm of residents of both villages. It is the product of a democratic process in which all residents had the opportunity to have their say.
The Plan outlines the hopes and aspirations of residents over the next few years and marks the beginning of the next stage of the process to continue to improve the quality of life for the local community. Judged on the efforts so far, we are confident that many of the goals identified in the plan will be realised.
The process has also brought people together and contributed to a stronger sense of community. We look forward to continuing our work together and will keep you informed of our progress.
The initial impetus for a Plan for Granby and Sutton came from the Parish Council who wished to seek the views of all villagers and involve as many of them as possible in forming a vision for the future of the villages.
In December 2007 an open meeting was arranged at the Village Hall and over 50 villagers attended. There was much interest and enthusiasm for working together in order to improve and preserve the character of both villages and to help draw up an agenda for the next few years.
Twenty volunteers offered to join a Steering Group in order to facilitate the planning process. The Group held regular meetings and managed the consultation process. It also raised funds to write and produce the final document. The consultation process took 12 months to complete and the Plan was finally published in March 2009. The process of discussion, social interchange and involvement in the community proved a very worthwhile experience for many residents.
For more information, you can contact Shirley Taylor (Chair of Village Plan Steering Group)