Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green Parish Council
The Parish of Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green comprises Bishops Green and Sydmonton to the north, Brocks Green and Ecchinswell in the middle, and Sydmonton and Ashley Warren to the south. It is a long and narrow parish, bordered by Berkshire at the northern end and the parish of Whitchurch at the southern end.
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Neighbourhood Plan Update
ES&BG Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result
Following the referendum on 4th May, we are pleased to inform residents that the Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green 2022-2039 was ‘made’ by the B&D BC Full Council on the 18 May 2023. The Plan forms part of the Development Plan and will be used to guide planning decision in the parish. All detail and a copy of the final version of the Neighbourhood Plan and Decision Statement can be viewed on the B&D BC webpage for our plan which can be seen here.
We have been advised by B&D BC that the plan has full weight in the determination of planning applications and that National Planning Policy Framework para 14 protection is now active. The latter is important in fending off unwanted development.
The Parish Council would like to thank all the volunteers who worked on the development of the plan and all the residents who contributed their thoughts and opinions.
Chair, Ecchinswell, Sydmonton & Bishops Green Parish Council
Hampshire County Council Cost of Living Briefing
In October, Hampshire County Council launched the Keep Warm Keep Well web pages, which bring together a variety of help and information, such as advice for keeping homes warm and coping with debt, details about meals on wheels and school meals, as well as advice for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing during challenging times. Please see the link below if you would like further information:
Cost of Living Support Available from BDBC
Full details of the support available from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is on their website through the following link: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/costofliving but please spread the word to ensure the people who need it are made aware. The Parish Council can assist with access to the information if you have problems. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our local team and become a Parish Councillor
There is a vacancy for a new Parish Councillor. No special qualification is required to be a councillor; indeed, it is important that all sorts of people serve as councillors to give good representation of the community. Training for new councillors is also available to help assist with understanding the responsibilities of the role.
If you would like to put yourself forward as a Parish Councillor, please either get in touch with the clerk (email@example.com) or come along to the next virtual meeting of the Parish Council to introduce yourself.
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The Parish & the wider community
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A group of residents in the parish have investigated a scheme with the potential to improve broadband speeds for local properties. However, with all the change in grants at DCMS and despite the intest of more than 70 residents, there does not seem to be a near-term opportunity for improvement at a cost that people will want to pay. More information on the news page.