Willaston volunteers create community plan

More than 100 residents gather to see result of two years' work by villagers

Chris Hampshire, chairman of the Willaston Residents and Countryside Society receives a copy from Paul Janvier, chairman of the community plan steering group

Two years’ work by a team of village volunteers has led to the publication of a community plan.

To mark the launch of the plan for Willaston district, a public meeting was held in Willaston Church of England Primary School.

The event provided Willaston residents and businesses with an opportunity to discuss the 72-page plan and to give their views on which of the community actions identified had greatest priority.

More than 100 residents turned out to learn more about the proposals for the future of the village and to see some of the schoolchildren’s work from their community plan support project.

At the meeting Paul Janvier, chairman of the community plan steering group, formally handed over the document to Chris Hampshire, chairman of the Willaston Residents’ and Countryside Society.

The society has already started work to carry through some of the priorities which have been identified, particularly raising funds for improvements to the village’s children’s play area.

It intends to launch further action plan projects over the coming months.

The plan includes an introduction to community plans, a profile of the Willaston district and a commentary on the findings of surveys carried out during the plan’s preparation.

Also included are the primary school’s community plan drawn up from a project last year, the proposed ongoing action plan and appendices detailing the results of questionnaires and surveys which have been carried out.

Copies of the plan have been made available to ‘plan partners,’ including Cheshire West and Cheshire Council which provided the initial funding for producing the plan and Cheshire Community Action which supported and guided the volunteers on the project.

A short 10-page summary report and action plan has been delivered to every household and business within the district.

Copies of the plan are available on line on the Willaston Residents’ and Countryside Society website at www.willastoninwirralresidents.org .

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