Feniton basked in glorious sunshine to celebrate probably the biggest event in the village calendar … the annual Fun Day, held this year on Sunday 3 July.
Despite drizzle in the morning while stall-holders were setting up, the sun burst through just as Fun Day was opened by none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
It felt as though every club and organisation in the village was represented. As well as the usual mix of plant stalls, sweet stalls, ice cream vans, coconut shy and craft stalls, there were immense bouncy castles, entertainment from Honiton majorettes, Tale Valley choir, Ben the Juggler, Otter Morris dancers, and an extraordinary display of agility and balance from Honiton Gymnasts.
It was therefore a perfect opportunity for Feniton Parish Council and members of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group to lay out their stall, to keep the village residents up to date with progress and listen to their views.
There was plenty of interest from residents and non-residents alike, and a steady stream of people came and chatted to the steering group committee throughout the afternoon.
Every adult in the village has been consulted on the future of the village and given the opportunity to complete a survey. The results of the survey have now been analysed and draft policies formulated.
An audited and approved Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document that has the same standing as both National and Local Planning Policy. It must compliment the National and Local planning documents but it will offer the people living within the area of the Neighbourhood Plan a say in how, where, what and when development takes place in their area, even down to the type and appearance of the developments that we would accept.
The steering group has been working with a planning consultant and officers at EDDC and, as a result, the full Neighbourhood Plan will soon be available for public consultation. All documentation is available on the Parish Council’s website (https://fenitonparishcouncil.wordpress.com/feniton-parish-neighbourhood-plan).
[All photographs kindly provided by Cllr Chris Gibbins.]