Over seventy people packed the Village Hall on the evening of the 19th February to hear about a proposal to set up a Steering Committee and Working Groups to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Kirk Ireton.
Jeremy Butt and Nick Delves introduced the meeting to set the scene. Jo Dugdale from Rural Action Derbyshire then gave a presentation on what it means to have a plan and what is involved in producing it. Rural Action Derbyshire has a leading role in developing Community led Plans (also known as Parish Plans) in Derbyshire and supports communities throughout the process.
This was followed by the showing of an edited version of a Countryfile programme which highlighted problems local communities are having and could have in future in the absence of a local plan.
It was overwhelmingly agreed that the village should produce a Neighbourhood Plan and people were invited to put themselves forward for the Steering Group and the Working Groups.
More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found on mycommunityrights.org The Setting Up Group will meet at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th February to appoint officers for the Steering Group and progress things further.
Posters were on display at the meeting showing their vision for the future of the village. The shool headmaster Peter Johnston explained to the meeting how the project came about as part of the normal school curriculum.