Environment

In the survey, which led to the publication of our 2006 Little Dewchurch Parish Plan, it was highlighted that the environment is the most important issue to parishioners.
We are indeed fortunate to live in the beautiful countryside which surrounds us: 95% of parishioners professed to "enjoy the rich patchwork provided by the rolling countryside and mosaic of woodlands, orchards, hedgerows and farmland".
Conservation is of great importance, as are habitat, diversity and making the village attractive, both for people and for wildlife.
The survey also highlighted areas of concern, which are now being addressed: 
  • Improving access for enjoyment of the local countryside. Philip is our current Parish Footpaths Officer.
  • Litter and dog mess - a wonderful Dog Exercise Zone was created in 2017 in a previously disused, overgrown section of the playing fields.
  • Storm water and poor drainage and Roadside verges. Paul Wright is now contracted as Lengthsman for the Parish.

These points obviously concentrate on our immediate environment, but we also consider the bigger picture. Since the survey, Climate Change has entered the public consciousness and become an increasingly pressing issue. Unless we make dramatic reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, we are likely to experience catastrophic and irreversible Climate Change within this century. Our Neighbourhood Development Plan requires that any new buildings be constructed to the highest levels of energy efficiency - buildings account for significant proportion of our national energy consumption, both during construction and particularly in running them.