The Westbury-on-Severn Parish Plan:
Your Future in Your Hands
The Westbury-on-Severn Parish Plan sets out how our community wants to develop over the coming years.The Plan aims to:
Westbury-on-Severn is a large, rural parish, bisected by the A48 and bounded by the River Severn to the south and west. Comprising over 12 separate settlements, the parish is a lively community with a tradition of strong support for a broad range of social events and sports and leisure groups. Problems faced by the parish include the traffic and litter generated by the A48, access to services (particularly for younger and older people) and communication between different parts of the community.
How was the Plan developed?
The Plan has been developed through broad consultation, including a questionnaire sent to each of the 700 or so properties in the parish, stalls at local events and public consultation meetings. Many different views have been expressed and while, inevitably, not all of these can be reflected in the final Plan, they have all contributed to a better understanding of the needs and aspirations of our community.
Designed to make a difference
We want the Plan to make a difference - to be read, remembered and acted upon. The Plan therefore focuses on the community's highest priorities for which realistic goals and actions could be identified. The result is that we have established 9 Plan Priorities (in no particular order) for Westbury-on-Severn Parish:
The 9 Plan Priorities
Some of these priorities can be achieved by the parish alone; others will require the support of partners such as the District Council and the local health authority. Most of the priorities have a cost; in particular, improving facilities for young people will require significant funding. Implementation of the priorities is therefore dependent upon the necessary funding being made available from sources such as grants, the Parish Council precept or sponsorship. The Parish Council will lead implementation of the Parish Plan, but achieving these goals will be the work of many. The Plan illustrates ways in which every parishioner can help make our community an even better place to live.
Photographs by Mark Terry-Lush, Renegadephoto.net
Supported by the Countryside Agency and the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
October 2008Page updated February 2010