Volunteers from across Laverstock and Ford parish are to help shape a long-term plan to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in the area.
The large parish stretches from the new Longhedge settlement in the North to part of Milford to the South – now the 13th largest Parish in Wiltshire by population. It includes Bishopdown Farm, Hampton Park and Riverdown Park, Longhedge/Old Sarum and Ford, Laverstock and Milford. Steeped in historical and natural heritage, the parish’s historical features include one of only two remaining First World War Airfields at Old Sarum, Iron Age Settlement at Bishopdown Farm and Old Sarum, Celtic Field Systems at Cockey Down and medieval potteries at Milford, River Bourne chalk stream and associated water meadows.
The Laverstock potteries produced Laverstock ware for Henry III and other luminaries during medieval times an early example of the light manufacturing industry still to be found in the Parish. Volunteers should contact the parish council in the next few days before the inaugural meeting of the Parish Plan team planned for August.
“We are actually the lucky seven parish because of the shape of our boundary which resembles a ‘7’. Parish Council Chair, David Burton said.
“Residents and business owners from across the parish have already volunteered their time and energy to help us formulate a shared vision for the parish. We will either revise our existing Parish Plan or embark on a Neighbourhood Plan. Whichever, we are clear priorities must be formulated through extensive consultation with all in our Parish.
To join the Laverstock and Ford Parish Planning Team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org