Community Plan and it’s history…
At a Councillor “Away” Day in 2008 the Parish Council agreed to facilitate the drawing up of a Community Plan for Downend & Bromley Heath and, with its support, an independent group of local people who care about our community started its work in 2009 under the leadership of the late Graeme Riley. They conducted a survey of all residents and the responses formed the basis of the Community Plan which was presented to the Parish Council at the Annual Parish Meeting on 28 April 2011.
The Plan looked ahead and presented an agenda which members of the community could work on together, in collaboration with other partners such as the Unitary Authority, the Police, the Parish Council and voluntary organisations.
The Action Plan focused on various aspects of the area – Community, Children and Young People, Parks, Open Spaces and Environment and Traffic, Highways and Transport listing individual issues, actions and potential partners to achieve an outcome. Some of the issues were successfully addressed early in the life of the Plan. Others took more time and indeed over the years some were amended or dropped in light of changing circumstances.
In April 2015, the Community Plan was formally handed over to the Parish Council who would take over its objectives and the ensuing work, with the Steering Group taking on a monitoring role.
Early in 2018, the Steering Group agreed that the time had come for the whole operation to be wound up. Under the Constitution the Group had to be formally dissolved at a public meeting, also agreeing on how to dispose of any remaining funds held.
The proposal of the Steering Group of the Community Plan was “That the Community Plan Group be formally wound up and any remaining funds handed over to the Parish Council to be put towards the provision of a Defibrillator.” This proposal was put to residents attending the Annual Assembly on 26 April 2018 and agreed unanimously. The funds have been handed over to Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council and the Group has now been formally disbanded. The donation received has been put towards the purchase of a defibrillator at Cleeve Wood shops.