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Our Plan:Our Future - A Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Aluph, Eastwell and Goat Lees
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Our Plan: Our Future

A Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Aluph, Eastwell & Goat Lees

Issue 3, September 2015

Welcome

Thank you for signing up for our Neighbourhood Plan newsletter.
We are a small group of volunteers working with the Parish Council on a Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Aluph, Eastwell and Goat Lees. Over the life of the project, we will send you regular updates and invite you to take part in events and surveys and to comment on the draft Plan. Together, we will shape the future of our community.

Message of support received from Planning Minister

I am delighted that the Parish Council for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell is taking up the opportunity to create a Neighbourhood Plan and I encourage local people to participate.

The Government has put power back into the hands of local people through neighbourhood plans, giving communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
So far, over 1,500 communities have taken advantage of neighbourhood planning and over 80 referendums have taken place, with nearly 9 out of 10 voters saying yes.

Brandon Lewis MP

Housing & Planning Minister

Community consultation on Plan starts 17 September

Our community consultation events on the Neighbourhood Plan take place this month. We know that residents care about their community so we are expecting a good turnout at each of the four venues. This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard. Everyone is welcome.
Thursday 17 September, 7.00pm to 9.00pm at Goat Lees Primary School
Friday 18 September, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at Goat Lees Community Hall
Saturday 19 September, 11.00am to 2.00pm at the Iron Room, Boughton Aluph
Sunday 27 September, 11.00am to 4.00pm at Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane
As a legal document the Neighbourhood Plan will carry real weight in planning decisions made by the local planning authority and give us, the local residents, more control over what happens in our area. We will be in a stronger position to stop unsustainable and unwanted developments and to manage traffic on our already overstretched roads. 

For the project to succeed, we need your input and support. Please spare an hour of your time to call in to one of the drop in sessions to tell us what you think should be covered in our Neighbourhood Plan. We will be asking your views on potential development sites within our parish boundary. Plus the following topics:
You can also give us your views on the Neighbourhood Plan on our website, www.parishplan.uk. Or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook
Banners advertising the local consultation events have gone up around the parish.

Join our team

We urgently need volunteers to help us to produce a Neighbourhood Plan of which the whole parish can be proud. If you can help, please get in touch today. There is information on volunteering opportunities on our website. Whatever skills you have or free time you can give, we would love to have you join our team.

And finally...

One of our team has been researching the rich history of our parish which has a historic park at its heart. The 40 acre lake in Eastwell Park was created when the stream that ran through the valley was dammed in 1842. A small ship once sailed on the lake - a fully rigged miniature man of war. During rough weather it floundered by St Mary's Church. We are reliably informed that if you look carefully you can still see its rotting remains.
STOP PRESS: Earlier this week a white squirrel was seen in the grounds of the St Mary's Church. Apparently they are extremely rare - experts say there could be less than 50 in the wild in the UK at any one time - although there have been occasional sightings in Kent. Has anyone else seen it?
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