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Great Addington
Parish Plan 2008




Section 6: Role of the Parish Council



6.1

The parish council can raise money via council tax. Are you satisfied with the way this money is spent?





Totally satisfied
16



Quite satisfied
39



Dissatisfied
12



No opinion
9



Don't know how its spent
44





6.2

Which of these statements do you agree with most strongly?





The parish councils first priority should be to minimise its spending and its charge on council tax

18



The parish councils first priority is to provide services which the community wants

102



Don't know
6





6.3

How well does the parish council publicise its decisions and activities?




Well
14



Reasonably
56



Poorly
32



No opinion
18





6.4

Parish council meetings are generally open to the public. Do you know there is a short open forum at the start of every meeting for the public to address the council on agenda items?





Yes
67



No
50





6.4a
If you have answered yes, do you use it?
Yes
16



No
45





6.4b

If you have answered no, now that you are aware of it, would you use it?

Yes
32



No
17





6.5

Do you have any other suggestions about ways in which the council can involve local people to a greater extent?





Village website with e-mail communication to residents when anything updated or added to site




Circulation of parish council meetings minutes




invite guest speakers to make meetings less dull.




Distribute via village newspaper the council meeting minutes




suggestion box at village hall




organise more village events on playing fields




regular publication of items to be discussed & decisions made




I would like to know when the meetings are




talk




open evenings.




Social evening to encourage participation




Be more open




Increase awareness of pc activities






6.6

Each year there is an annual parish meeting. Have you attended an annual meeting within the last 3 years?

Yes
36



No
81





6.7
If no what would make you attend?





Good notice of event & agenda
8



Babysitter
2



Public opinions being acted upon not just shelved in favour of personal views/opinions

2



a major local issue or proposal
7



to oppose the enlargement of the village




free cheese + wine - a social occasion
2



Item of personal interest
3



A Dire planning application




don't want to be seen as interfeering by being there




To try to stop the council making wrong decisions like building a school outside village





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