Parish launches environmental action plan
A major initiative to enhance and enjoy the local environment is being spearheaded by the parish council.
North Mymms Parish Council has agreed to set up a PEAP, a Parish Environmental Action Plan, to identify areas that need to be improved and to explore ways of making people more aware of their surroundings.
A steering committee is being formed which will seek the views of the public as to what needs to be done to enhance the local countryside and what facilities people would like to see made available.
It could mean improvements to the network of footpaths in North Mymms, with better way marking and printed maps.
A PEAP in nearby Brickendon resulted in tree planting expeditions, the setting up of a tree nursery, midnight nature watches, new benches for the village green and family picnic areas.
The main thrust of setting up a PEAP is to find out what residents in a parish want and to agree a plan to introduce any changes agreed.
The chair of North Mymms Parish Council, Cllr Frank Maynard, said the PEAP could provide a way of bringing the community together to do something for the benefit of all.
"We fully support the idea of setting up a Parish Environmental Action Plan. This area is fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful countryside and it is only right that we find ways of helping local residents enjoy it more fully," he said.
North Mymms has more than 50 footpaths, but some are impassable, one possible initiative for the PEAP would be to ensure all were open, accessible and well sign posted.
The plan is still at an early stage, but North Mymms Parish Council is keen to hear from anyone who has any ideas about what should be done and who would like to join the steering committee.
It is likely the committee will meet once a quarter to discuss ideas submitted and focus on achievable objectives.
If you would like to help organise the North Mymms PEAP, please contact the Clerk to North Mymms Parish Council, Mrs Jo Schettino, on 01707-268418. Alternatively you can send an e-mail to this site and the information will be forwarded to the parish council.
You can also discuss this issue and add your thoughts and suggestions about what could be done locally in a special thread on PEAPs in this site's forum.
18 July 2003
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