October 2015 Update

It is a little while since you have heard anything about the Neighbourhood Plan but we are now on the cusp of the next important stage so I wanted to contact everyone with an up-date. You may have read how I have taken over as Chair of the group and since then the main committee has been meeting regularly with the work stream leaders to produce the all-important questionnaire which will be distributed to all villagers in the next few months prior to the production of the plan and referendum. We have been very attentive to the detail of this survey as it will form the main basis of our plan so it is vital that we ensure that the whole community has an opportunity to participate in considering the future of Stradbroke. This is a big responsibility as all of our opinions and views could affect how the village evolves during the next 5 - 50 years. Therefore, it is important that we do not rush headlong into a slight or superficial plan but a true reflection of deep and measured thought.

Many villagers have already declared their interest in the Neighbourhood Plan which is a fantastic boost. This is a unique opportunity to debate and discuss where we are as a community and how we can improve it for all who live here. Without everyone's enthusiasm and commitment to this Stradbroke will not move forward so positively.

The questionnaire is now almost ready with some fine-tuning needed to complete it for which we have sought expert assistance. The next step is to launch it and make a splash to all inhabitants of whatever age to complete it. As such, we intend to have a further public meeting, clinics to assist with completion and essential high-profile visibility of those who are keen to push the project. This may mean something as simple as spreading the word at different clubs and organisations, standing outside Spar on a Saturday morning or helping friends and neighbours understand the importance of it. We intend the questionnaire to ignite everyone's imaginations and be both creative and innovative in their thinking about Stradbroke's future and we need you to help us stir up the same passion that we feel. If you are keen to assist in any way I would be very pleased to hear from you.

I am very grateful for the work that has already gone on in the Workstreams. We now need to step up a gear and energise our community so that we can produce a lively and dynamic report which will reap benefits for many years to come.

You can probably gather that I am totally dedicated to this project and am very excited by the fact that this can genuinely help to shape the future of Stradbroke. I do hope that you all feel the same and that we can all work together to bring this about. I shall be sending regular reports to everyone hereafter to keep you informed of progress and key actions coming up in order to co-ordinate what needs to be done and how you can help.

Thank you to those who have given time and effort to date and I do hope that others are encouraged to being part (however large or small) of this important and influential scheme. If you wish to discuss any part of it with me please do email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone me on 01379 384248 or 07730011951

Kind Regards

Gill