Bosham Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan

Update from Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Plan (BPNP) Project Team: September 2013

Two specialist teams have been busy over the summer. A team looking at Bosham as a tourist destination has been surveying visitors, and you can see their findings at www.boshamvillage.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan (hover over associated documents). A second team has been looking at ideas on how to deal with the challenge of traffic and parking.
We are presenting the findings of both teams at an exhibition on the first weekend in November at Bosham Village Hall. Please come and tell us what you think:

BPNP Exhibition Number 3 Friday 1st November 5pm - 7pm, and Saturday 2nd November 10am – 12 noon. Bosham Village Hall, Walton lane.

Initial estimates suggest that Bosham can expect 150,000 -200,000 visitors a year, and up to 2,200 on a sunny bank holiday. Clearly, Bosham provides enormous enjoyment to a vast number of people, not only the day visitors but also those coming for activities such as football, cricket, sailing, canoeing or other forms of boating. They provide trade to our cafes, pubs and hotels, and the whole district benefits from car park revenue. However, with increasing numbers, a management plan is required to ensure that what people enjoy most is not spoilt.

Amongst other things, our exhibition will cover:

· use of the car park, perhaps improving pedestrian access
· potential for information boards about the history of Bosham
· use of Quay Meadow, and how to improve our recreational space
· what to do about narrow footpaths
· creating safe routes for children
· how to reduce traffic speeds
· the problem of people parking thoughtlessly
· removal of unnecessary traffic signs that clutter the place up

We would like to know what you think attracts our visitors? We would also be delighted to receive any photos you’ve taken of parts of the village that you think draw the visitors. Please send them one at a time to rcj.pratt@tiscali.co.uk (or else you will gum up my inbox!) We’ll display the best ones received before 15th October in our exhibition on 1/2 November.

If you think that you can help out with the plan preparation, please do get in touch. Otherwise, see you at the exhibition!

Dick Pratt

For BPNP Project Team rcj.pratt@tiscali.co.uk

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