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There are 4 main channels in which the village communicates;
Communication channels are constantly changing and methods can
always be improved. Different age groups use different methods
and the main concerns are:
The Parish Council has its main meeting and its committees and
sub-committees but is anxious to build on the task and finish
groups and more permanent single-issue groups that it has
started to spawn. Groups exist covering the annual village fete;
the traffic and safety group; the village broadband group; the
multi-games area users committee and of course the Neighbourhood
Plan Steering Group. The emphasis will be to support groups and
drawn in volunteers who can act as a pool for other groups and
societies to draw upon and to tap the huge resources and skills
that exist within the community.
The Parish Council supports the publication of a quarterly
Village Bulletin which is delivered to all households. A brief,
more up to date "Village Newsletter" is produced periodically
when there is no Bulletin and displayed on the notice boards and
available at other sites around the village. Feedback from the
surveys suggested that the Bulletin is a much-loved publication
which even with all the electronic mediums available people want
to see continue. The main issues to combat are modernising the
content, introducing more "newsy" material to dovetail with the
retrospective nature of the reporting. The emphasis will be to
supplement the current editor with an editorial team and some
The Parish Council also maintains a number of notice boards
which are kept up to date regularly. In addition, the Church and
School have their own newsletters. There is always a call for
more noticeboards but although these
can be considered the immediate need is to better manage the
ad-hoc posters and informal notices pinned to most telegraph
poles in the village. Here it is proposed to better utilise
purpose-built sign hangars at strategic locations to affix
event-type community news items.
– the website page for the village provides a calendar of
events, electronic copies of the bulletin, minutes of the
council & committees, village updates and details of the
parish councillors. Its strengths lie in its dedicated webmaster
who posts news stories and relays smaller snippets of the same
items to Facebook and Twitter. The website will continue to be
updated and used for an increasing number of uses such as
village surveys and parish polls for example. One initiative
from the past is being resurrected both electronically and in
paper form, that of the Information Pack for new householders.
There are a number of active sites for West Bergholt and the
clubs that exist in the parish. The majority of the sites have a
good number of followers. The issue here is how organisations
can follow up comments many of which can be utilised to better
effect by providing clarification on popular items such as
planning issues, broadband updates and crime activity.
Broadband services in the village are a mixed provision of
wireless technology provided by County Broadband; fibre provided
by Virgin; small areas fibred by BT, whilst most streets also
allow connection through BT copper wiring. The result is unsatisfactory with many unmade
roads not benefiting from Fibre at all and the wireless
technology not providing speeds of superfast or ultrafast
The NPPF considers advanced, high quality communications
infrastructure is essential for sustainable growth. The
development of high-speed broadband technology and other
communications networks also plays a vital role in enhancing the
provision of local community facilities and services.
We believe the various methods of communication we have in the
village put us in a strong position for the future. The
explosion of the internet and social media is growing year on
year and our current platforms give us a great advantage to
reach out to more locals. One critical point to reference is
ensuring we have the right broadband capability and to ensure
this is sustained and all areas covered.
As the objectives relate in part to the use and development of
land and wider community aspirations both Planning Policies and
Community Ambitions have been developed.
Communication Planning Policies
Development of new, high-speed broadband
infrastructure to serve the Parish will be supported.
Proposals for new developments must demonstrate how
they will contribute to and be compatible with, local
fibre optic networks or high-speed internet
connectivity. This could be demonstrated through a
"Connectivity Statement" accompanying a planning
application. Such statements should consider land use
and the anticipated connectivity requirements, known
public broadband infrastructure and their speed (fixed
copper, 3G, 4G, fibre, satellite etc.) and a realistic
assessment of connection potential or contribution to
the expansion of any such networks.
Where no high-speed internet connectivity is
available, as a minimum and subject to viability,
suitable ducting that can accept low-cost upgrade for
Fibre to the Home or other cabling should be provided to
the public highway, a community led local access network
or another suitable location.
Where possible additional ducting should be provided
that contributes to a local access network for the wider
community. The costs associated with this can be
considered alongside any other requirements and be
subject to viability testing.
Communication Community Ambitions
A West Bergholt communications forum will be
established consisting of a mixture of age groups and
skills to help ensure all groups within the community
The Village Bulletin publication will continue to be
reviewed, and improvements made.
Communications will be consistent, and opportunities
made available for residents to feed their thoughts back
to other organisations.
The website will be developed as the principal means
of day to day communication and information although
printed information will be maintained via the Village
Bulletin, periodic newsletters and traditional
noticeboards as demand requires.
All new householders will receive an Information Pack
to introduce them to the facilities and organisations
available in the village.