Friday December 1, 2017
Murray Stewart writes:
The joint Abbots Leigh/Pill/Easton-in-Gordano Neighbourhood Plan moves slowly but steadily forward. A Progress Report was made to each Parish Council in late November and proposals agreed for further work in the coming months. A number of key issues for the Plan have emerged from local discussion – many shared across the two parishes, but some specific to one or other parish.
For Abbots Leigh, the main issues seem to be the wish to maintain the Green Belt, to prevent development sprawl from joining our village all along to Ham Green, to address overload, congestion and safety on the A369, to protect and sustain bio-diversity across woodlands and green fields, and to preserve the heritage of the many historic buildings in the parish. A number of comments reflect the aspiration expressed in the 2002 Character Statement that ‘the Parish Council take action to acquire the freehold of the village playground in perpetuity’.
The Progress Report will be updated and put on the village web-site early in December and will be discussed at the Civic Society AGM in January. In the meantime anyone willing to help in some of the background work needed should contact Murray Stewart.