Letter accompanying the VDS
Welcome to your copy of Langham’s Village
Design Statement. It is the product of much work by many people
over a long period of time, not least by those who have
delivered it to your door with the Parish Newsletter. I would
like to thank all who have contributed and I hope that you enjoy
reading it – after all, it reflects the views of the village,
even if you yourself do not agree with every word!
As I am sure you know by now, Langham is the
Essex Village of the Year. This is not because we are the
prettiest or the most historical, but because we have a great
sense of community. That too is the product of the energy and
enthusiasm of an even greater number of people over a very long
period of time. Our challenge now, as we prepare for English
Village of the Year competition in 2009, is to continue to build
on what has already been done and to show the next set of judges
that we are not resting on our laurels.
How we do that is, of course, down to you,
but the Parish Council want to help and we have therefore set up
a Village Development Committee. Its purpose is not to
decide what can be done, but rather to facilitate what you
want to do, whether as individuals or members of an
organisation. We don’t see this process ending when the
competition is over, but continuing indefinitely to make Langham
a better place for all of us to live.
The people who drove the Village Design
Statement are also keen to move on to the next stage – the
production of a Parish Plan. This is an even more ambitious
undertaking than the VDS. The latter is about the physical shape
of the village, but the former is about all the other things
that go on here. Employment, housing, transport, the
environment, recreation and the services provided by local and
central government are all possible components. As with the VDS,
we want to involve as many people as possible and gather views
through questionnaires. However, one significant difference will
be the conclusion – an action plan to guide us over the next
few years. It’s a big job, but a very worthwhile one.
So on 8 October at 7.30 pm, come to the
Community Centre to find out how you can contribute to the
Parish Plan. Refreshments will be served. At the same time
the VDS Association will be wound up and its assets transferred
to the new Parish Plan Association.
With our new structures in place and looking
to the future, we shall be in a strong position to win the prize
of English Village of the Year.
I look forward to seeing you on
Wednesday 8 October.
Chairman Langham Parish Council
P.S There are two small changes to the VDS:
Recommendation 2 should read “New developments (whether housing
or commercial/industrial)should make provision for sufficient
parking off street or in designated parking bays”
Recommendation 2 add “chosen” after “Materials should be”