Tatenhill & Rangemore Community Group

Establishing the Group

Tatenhill & Rangemore  Community Group began in 2009 as a group of people with the idea of preparing a Parish Plan. The concept of a Parish Plan was discussed by the Parish Council as early as October 2007, following which the requirements and potential benefits were investigated and examples of good practice sought out. In May 2008, it was decided that if there was to be “ownership” of the parish plan, it should be led by a community group without parish council domination, but that the Parish Council should facilitate and support the exercise

The process started with a public meeting on 24th June of that year, attended by almost 40 people. The meeting continued as a “workshop” to identify the broad issues which were important locally. There was a strong will to address some of the issues and those attending were invited to form a Parish Plan Steering Committee.

So as not to lose momentum, the first meeting of the Steering Group was held on 8th July, when a officer of Staffordshire Community Council attended and advised about the process of developing a parish plan.

At the next meeting on 30th July, it was decided to form a permanent parish Community Group so that the purpose could be widened beyond the Parish Plan. If grant funding was to be obtained, the Group would need to open a Bank account and appoint officers such as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Major Nick Beach was elected as the first Chairman and continued in either this role or as Vice Chairman until he left the Parish, almost 6 years later.

A first constitution was developed, which has had minor amendments over the years. A copy of the current one is included on the Website.

Stated Purpose

a. Parish Plan

  1. Investigate and identify support for a Parish Plan at appropriate intervals.
  2. Identify sources of funding.
  3. Take responsibility for planning, budgeting and monitoring expenditure on the plan.
  4. Liaise with the relevant authorities and organisations to make the plan as effective as possible.
  5. Identify ways of involving the whole community and gather the views and opinions of as many groups and organisations in the community as possible.
  6. Determine the types of survey and information gathering to be used.
  7. To be responsible for the analysis of the survey, the production and distribution of the final report.
  8. Identify priorities and timescales for local action in the project plan including lead organisations and potential sources of project funding.
  9. To report back to the community on progress, issues arising and outcomes from the exercise.

b. Local community engagement

  1. The Community Group will be an association of individuals and organisations committed to working together in order to improve the quality of life for Tatenhill Parish residents and encourage continued prosperity for local businesses.
  2. It will provide the interface at Parish level for private, public and the third (voluntary and community) sectors and act to support the neighbourhood working of the principal local authorities.
  3. It will aim to facilitate an active, engaged, empowered and cohesive community
  4. It will lead the implementation of a number of projects from the Parish Plan.
  5. It will aim to become a Neighbourhood Partnership and develop a Neighbourhood Plan if the Localism Bill becomes law.
  6. It will lobby for the good of the Parish and respond to consultations which may affect it.

Whilst the Tatenhill & Rangemore Community Group has no legal status and is not a registered charity, it does allow wider involvement than is afforded by the Parish Council and can at times access grants that a local council is not eligible to apply for.

Why develop a Parish Plan

The Parish Plan would establish a shared vision for the Parish, by giving an opportunity for everyone to have a say about what are the important local issues and what they would like to see done about them. It would celebrate the individuality of different areas of our Parish and recognise that some communities within it may have different issues to other areas.

It was decided not to engage consultants to prepare the Plan, as it was believed that the Community Group had enough expertise amongst its membership to undertake the tasks and East Staffordshire Borough Council offered help with analysis of data and printing questionnaires. Local volunteers would work in partnership to consult on all aspects of local life including social, economic and environmental issues. The Plan would establish a set of actions which meet local needs, would help prioritise resources and provide important information and consistent arguments to help influence the policies, decisions and actions of others, particularly the principal Councils.

The Plan would belong to the community, to be delivered by it or in partnership with other agencies. The Parish Council agreed set its priorities based on its role in implementing the Plan.

The plan would be compatible with the statutory planning process and it would be an aim to have it adopted by the Borough Council as a supplementary planning document which would then have to be taken into account in planning decisions.

The Parish Plan would:-

  • Identify the main issues for the community
  • Integrate residents into the Parish Community, enhancing community spirit and cohesion
  • Provide the evidence base on which to make local decisions
  • Provide an action plan to resolve issues
  • Secure resource and facilitate successful funding bid

The Parish Plan was published in April 2011 and a copy is included on this Website.

Membership

  • The Community Group will include up to 18 members.
  • Membership will be open to residents, representatives of businesses and other organisations in the Parish or directly supporting it.
  • There will never be a majority vote from members who are also members of the Parish Council.
  • The committee may co-opt additional members at its discretion, so long as the total number of co-opted members does not exceed the number of elected members.
  • A person shall cease to be a member of the committee having notified the chairman or secretary in writing of his or her wish to resign.
  • If any Member does not attend a meeting for a period of 6 months or more, without good reason and has not been otherwise active within the role of the Group, they would cease to be members until such time as they were able to contribute to the work of the Group.

In practice no one is ever turned away. There is always an opportunity as an associate member or as a member of a working group.

Work of the Group

By September 2009, it was realised there was a deficit of both current and historical information about the Parish and an exercise was commenced, led by John Fawn, to pull together as much background information as possible. A “baseline” report was produced and used as a starting point. This information has subsequently informed a number of parts of this Website and is continuously being developed.

Overtime the format of a questionnaire was determined and grant funding obtained from Awards for All and Tatenhill Parish Council. East Staffordshire District Council contributed considerably by providing facilities and offer time. Further public focus groups and information displays were held through to the end of the year.

A first draft of a questionnaire was developed, following a Parish Plan Focus Group at Rangemore Social Club in December 2009. After going through a couple more versions the questionnaire was piloted on a few lucky parishioners at a Tatenhill Village Hall event in March 2010, to obtain views on the relevance of the questions, ascertain how user friendly the questionnaire was and whether any important issues had been missed out.

With the help of a number of young people (11-19 years), a separate short questionnaire of issues identified by them as important was developed to be available on the Web site only.

Considerable pre-publicity was given via the Web site and newsletter and residents were given the option of receiving a questionnaire by email. A paper copy of the questionnaire was delivered in late May to all homes, business premises without accommodation and community organisations along with guidance for completion unless they had opted to have it sent by e-mail. The person delivering the questionnaire attempted to hand it to the occupier, to answer any questions they might have and to arrange collection of the completed questionnaire. The distributor had identification with them, verified by both Tatenhill Parish Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council. The Questionnaire was only left at premises, if contact could not be made on three successive visits. In this case a note was left about collection and contact details should anyone wish to make a more convenient arrangement. A free post envelope was also given as an alternative to collection.

We received back a massive 67% of the 325 questionnaires which went out. All of the questionnaires were analysed using computer software at East Staffordshire Borough Council. Responses were confidential and no response was attributed to a particular person or premises. Providing name and address was completely optional. This care and the provision of alternatives are believed to have been a major factor in achieving such a high response rate. A summary of the headline results was provided to everyone in the Parish through the Newsletter and Web site in September 2010.

The Parish Plan contained a Project Plan which has been periodically updated and reported back to residents. The latest Project Plan is available separately on this part of the Website.

Other Projects

  • Commissioned Tatenhill Parish Design Statement
  • Formed a joint working group with Tatenhill Parish Council to develop Tatenhill Parish Broadband Plan
  • Sought funding and gave grants to households towards the cost of installing the Wireless Broadband Network.
  • Worked to publicise the options for the Aggregates Restoration at Dunstall Road, Tatenhill.
  • Established Community Speedwatch Scheme for the Parish.
  • Supported Parish Council in campaign for reduced speed limit in Rangemore.
  • Established Traffic Group to consider speed and volume of traffic.
  • Worked with Parish Council on Tatenhill Crossroads project.
  • Supported Parish Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council on the review of Tatenhill and Rangemore Conservation Area.
  • Made observations on East Staffordshire Local Plan at each stage of its development and lobbied against the scale of development at Lawns Farm.
  • Supported Police and the Parish Council with the rollout of Smartwater
  • Support the cost of Parish Newsletter.
  • Formed a joint Working Group with the Parish Council to develop the Tatenhill Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • Supported the Parish Council and East Staffordshire Borough Council on the project to surface Tatenhill Village Hall car park.
  • Supported the Parish Council in re-development of green area and provision of parking at land near School Bridge, Tatenhill (in front of Brookside Cottages).
  • Lobbied to prevent the closure of Tatenhill Church.
  • Sought grant aid to provide Community Speedwatch notices
  • Commenced work with the Parish Council on preparing an Emergency Plan for the Parish.

Current Officers & Contact Details

Chairman: John Fawn
Vice Chairman: vacant
Treasurer: Helena Pointer
Secretary: Pete Cooper, Mill Cottage, Main Street, Tatenhill, Burton on Trent, DE13 9SD

01283 538182

pete48gan@btinternet.com