The Gwernymynydd Community Development Plan was conceived during 2008 when it was recognised by the Community Council that it needed to set out a vision for the future of our village. This required a fundamental change within the Community Council in developing a proactive approach to determine the future of the community. This is the first Community Development Plan in Flintshire. The plan required the additional task of having to develop the process needed to create a credible document that would be recognised by local residents and Flintshire County Council. A Community Development Plan can be influential on local government processes but the real value of a successful plan is the extent to which it energises the local community to lobby for what it wants and to achieve its needs through its own efforts.
Central to the process of developing the plan was consultation and involvement with the residents of Gwernymynydd and Cadole and a regular dialogue with Flintshire County Council Officers. The initial Development Plan Steering Group consisted of four members of the Community Council. After the launch of the plan process and questionnaire at the Showcase Gwernymynydd Festival during May 2009, many residents joined the Steering Group. Meeting regularly since then, the Steering Group has issued further questionnaires to every home within the village followed by a Key Issues Document after analysing the result of the consultation. The resulting plan is an “evidence based document” supporting the policies. The Process of developing the plan during 2010/2011 is shown in appendix 2.
The completion of the plan represents a milestone in determining our vision of Gwernymynydd in the future. It is, however, the beginning of the process to manage the development of our community. The implementation of the policies represents a considerable challenge for us and will be regularly reviewed. Flintshire County Council is to develop a Local Development Plan (LDP) for the County. The adoption of our plan as part of that LDP will be important.
The process in developing our plan has already created several local initiatives:
· Positive discussions with the North Wales Trunk Road Agency (NWTRA) to improve road safety in Gwernymynydd and Cadole that will be implemented during 2011.
· The beginning of a Carbon Saving Initiative.
· A local running club.
· Book Club.
· Welsh Classes.
· Village Pantomime.
Many people have become involved in developing our plan in a spirit of partnership within the village. The Community Council would like to thank Flintshire County Council officers, executives and members, the Village Centre Committee, local MP and AM and the residents of Gwernymynydd and Cadole who have contributed to its completion.
Chair Gwernymynydd Community Council. October 2010
The Gwernymynydd Community Development Plan can now be downloaded from here . Printed copies are available for reference or loan from Mold Library
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