Help shape Manea

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VILLAGERS are being asked to help shape their village for the next 10 years.

A special survey is about to be distributed to every home in Manea by the parish council and it is hoped everyone aged eight and over will help complete the questionnaire.

Manea’s Action Group (MAG), formed last year, has drawn up the survey which carries the strapline “Mapping the future for Manea”.

Dianne Rowe, MAG’s communication secretary, explained the survey asks questions on everything from public transport to education.

The parish council carries out a survey every 10 years to help create an Action Plan to develop Manea in a way that meets the desires of residents.

The questionnaire will be printed this week and will be delivered next month. Households will have the option of completing it either by pen and paper or on-line. There will be drop boxes for paper copies - in the Rose and Crown, Londis, Rumours Cafe and the doctor’s surgery plus one on Charlemont Drive.

Banners will be displayed reminding people of the deadline - although a date has yet to be set - in a bid to encourage a high return.

“Obviously the more returns we get the better reflection it gives of people’s opinions. The questionnaire is completely anonymous and confidential so we want people to be honest with their answers and tell us exactly what they think. The resulting data will be collated and analysed from which a report (Manea’s Action Plan) will be produced and handed over to Manea Parish Council and other relevant parties to take the appropriate actions,” explained Dianne.

“The message I have tried to get across in Manea Matters (the village newsletter) is that we want everyone’s opinion so that they are part of the process, which will have an impact on where they live.”