Village unveils its vision of future

Bestwood Village
Bestwood Village

A MAJOR step has been taken towards laying down a blueprint to guide the development of Bestwood Village over the next decade.

The Village Vision group was formed 18 months ago with the ambition of creating a parish plan.

The document is seen as crucial in helping to preserve Bestwood’s identity, to pinpoint targets for improvement and to attract funding for future projects.

A questionnaire was sent to every household to ask residents how they would like to see the village develop.

Now a public meeting has been held to analyse the findings and create the backbone of the plan around five main priorities.

Jack Ashworth, who is chairman of the Village Vision group, said: “The meeting went very well. I never know what response you are going to get because apathy reigns generally.

“But more than 30 villagers attended and worked with us for two hours.”

It is hoped that the plan can be published in the New Year and a copy sent to every household in the village. An electronic copy will also be available on the Internet.

The five priorities around which the plan will be built are: transport and roads, services, social scene, communications and ‘our surroundings’, which includes the local environment.

Invited guests at the meeting at Bestwood Village Social Club on Park Road included Coun Chris Barnfather, who is a Conservative member of Notts County Council and the lead member for planning at County Hall.

Also on hand was Samantha Walters, head of the Nottingham North and East Practice-Based Commissioning Consortium, to advise on health services.

Key subjects discussed included fears that the village could be swallowed up by housing developments and become part of Nottingham, Bulwell or Hucknall.

Disgruntled residents are still not happy with road humps on Moor Road, and there were calls for some sort of health provision in the village.

Support for the scheme has come from Bestwood Parish Council, the county council and the Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) organisation.

Mr Ashworth added: “We want this plan to be very professional and an essential tool in attracting funding. We have gone to great lengths to consult residents, and the volunteers involved have been fantastic.”