“I would like to make a difference ...” “I would like to make a difference ...” Application form to join an Otford Parish Plan Action Team The results of the Parish Plan questionnaire have revealed certain concerns that residents of Otford would like resolved. They are listed in the sections below, together with ideas for improving things. The purpose of a Parish Plan is to find ways to improve the quality of life for all who live in the parish and tackle problems which are perceived to exist. As a volunteer, you can join one (or more) of the ‘action groups’ involved with this work. Please complete the attached form, highlighting the headings you are particularly interested in. Then add your contact details etc. at the end of this form and we will get in touch with you. A SAFE COMMUNITY – Otford’s roads and pathways Focussing on: the speed of vehicles on all Otford roads; wide vehicles in the High Street; uneven pavements; additional pedestrian crossings; issues concerning the village car park. A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT Focussing on: developing a cycle path to Sevenoaks; improving off-road facilities for cyclists & pedestrians. A CARING COMMUNITY Focussing on: involving more young people in village affairs; making better provision for the disabled; improving Hale Lane recreation ground for young people. DEVELOPING A GREENER ENVIRONMENT Focussing on: reducing our carbon footprint within the parish; examining ways for alternative green power generation within the parish. RETAINING A GREENER VILLAGE Focussing on: improving the look of the village centre; making Bubblestone Parade more attractive and safer for pedestrians; developing Palace Field as an important historic site; signposting the Conservation area; maintaining footpaths to a higher standard. A DYNAMIC AND SUSTAINABLE VILLAGE ECONOMY Focussing on: reviewing options for maintaining an appropriate bus service; examining options for introducing a regular Farmers’ Market in Otford; setting up a directory of local trades and skills available within the parish. HELPING OTFORD’S OLDER RESIDENTS Focussing on: opportunities for independent self-contained accommodation for older residents within the parish; examining options for easier home deliveries; setting up neighbour response teams; making better provision on footpaths/footways for the elderly; transport options. FACING THE FUTURE Focussing on: responding to the effects on Rye Lane of the extensive Dunton Green development; the effects upon the community of the Thames Gateway plans; addressing the requirements for a community response to a major incident. Thank you. Rod Shelton, Chairman, Otford Parish Plan Committee.