Priorities

WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE AND HOW WE REPORT ON OUR ACTIVITIES

In 2006 the Council produced a Parish Plan, following a lengthy consultation process involving the whole community. The period covered by the plan was from 2006 to 2016. The Plan identified over forty targets for development, based on responses from the community.

The Council then established the Easton-in-Gordano, Pill and Ham Green Community Forum, now an autonomous organisation consisting of a large number of community representatives, to follow up these targets and other related matters arising from them.

The Parish Council makes an annual grant to the Forum, and receives regular reports on progress. It is expected that the Neighbourhood Plan being drawn up between this Council and Abbots Leigh Parish Council will identify new targets for the next 10 year period.

In addition to the targets identified in the Parish Plan, the Council has a limited number of statutory duties, mainly relating to street lighting. It also has a statutory right to be consulted on planning matters and applications. In addition it acts as a lobbying body in order to ensure the interests, safety and well-being of our community are served by North Somerset Council, particularly in terms of commitments being met over highways and maintenance issues.

The Parish Council continues to involve itself in much more than its statutory duties. It is committed to improving community life and facilities as far as financial constraints allow, and has given financial support to the Community Centre, the Resource Centre, the Youth Club and the Christmas Lights, as well as making small donations on request to other community organisations.

Recently it has been instrumental in the provision of additional facilities for young people, and has future plans for similar improvements for other sections of the community e.g. improved play facilities for younger children.