The Parish Council decided early in 2007 to promote a parish plan for Alveston. They were very determined that although councillors could contribute to the process, the document should be researched, formulated, evaluated and published by the parishioners led by an independent steering committee. The Parish Council is most grateful to the Steering Committee and to the numerous other volunteers who contributed to the production of the Parish Plan.
The project was publicised, expressions of interest obtained and launched at the Annual Parish Meeting held in the Jubilee Hall 18th April 2007.
The issues, concerns, aspirations and topics that the parishioners wanted to discuss were first gathered through a leaflet distributed to every household; road show stalls at the Flower Show, St Helen’s School Fete, Open Gardens Event, Greenhill Parade, and other Parish occasions. Information was gathered about what was liked about life in the Parish, what needed to be retained and what needed to be changed. It also sought volunteers to help with the Plan.
Highest on the agenda were housing development, health services, traffic and transport, road safety, local shops and businesses, youth, leisure and sport, security, communication, education and the environment.
A Parish Questionnaire was planned and working groups formed each taking one set of topics and creating a series of questions for inclusion.
The resulting document, which allowed individual members of every household in the Parish to record their views, was distributed to every household. The answers were collated and entered into a data base for analysis.
The entries were then catalogued to permit interrogation of the opinions according to geographic distribution, age (adult or juvenile) and occupation.
The results were published in the Parish Plan in 2008 and a copy distributed to every household in the Parish.