Parish Plans/Action Plan

Parish Plans enable villages to define the needs of a community. The questionnaire provides the opportunity for everyone to voice their opinions. The information gathered benefits all village groups, and statutory bodies, by indicating the majority view on local issues. It highlights those topics considered important to preserving and enhancing the fabric and quality of village life.

Hutton le Hole has carried out two Parish Plans – 2004 and 2009 – and much has been achieved as a direct result.

The Parish Council has received two awards related to the Parish Plan completed in 2004 and articles have appeared in various publications highlighting its success.

In 2006 the Council received a Community Empowerment Award from the National Association of Local Councils that recognised the involvement of young  people in the Parish Plan process. The Plan was awarded 1st Place in the regional finals for North Yorkshire and Humberside and  2nd Place in the National Final. The prize of £500 has benefited young residents.

In 2007 the Council received 3rd Prize of £125 when it entered the Village Ventures Competition. The Plan was acknowledged for its production and subsequent outcomes.

In the matter of the Village Hall the responses to the questionnaire provided valuable evidence to grant funders. This has enabled the Committee to access £60,491.92 to improve the hall as a venue and provide some basic facilities on the playing field.

The Action Plan that was formulated from the reponses to the questionnaire is reviewed and updated each year at the Annual Open Meeting in May. This has served to focus attention on the wishes and concerns of the electorate. Some points noted are ongoing such as maintaining the services of the village caretaker and sheep grazing on the Common Land; others have centred on improving the Village Hall and facilities on the playing field.

All actions and outcomes, with the body responsible, are noted under Parish Council/Action Plan.