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15.09.03
Parish Skills Exchange

The Bodmin Moor and Camelford Partnership Team, are organising a Parish Plans Skills Exchange event in conjunction with Community Projects Trust and Cornwall Rural Community Council, which will take place on Thursday 9 October 2003, at St Tudy Village Hall, 10am – 3pm.

The aim of the event is to bring together parishes who are still unsure about what a parish plan is, how it can benefit their community, and how to get started.

The aim of producing a parish plan is to determine what your community feels it needs and identify the action required to tackle the issues of concern. Through community involvement and consultation, parish plans can outline how the community wants to see itself developing over the coming years, and what it needs to do to achieve these targets. It gives communities more control over their future. The Countryside Agency is offering up to £5,000 to each parish in order to carry out this process.

The Skills Exchange event will be quite informal, giving the opportunity to speak to different agencies, ask questions about what parish plans are, why they are a good idea, and who can help. There will also be the opportunity to speak to parishes who have already completed and produced a parish plan, and exchange ideas and learn from the experiences of others.

The event is completely free of charge. All we ask is that you let us know if you would like to attend, by 1 October.

For anyone with any queries regarding the event, you can find out more by contacting:

Jacqui Orange or Gemma Shields
Telephone: 01208 79822
e-mail: bmac@cornwall.gov.uk

You can also keep up-to-date on developments by visiting the BMAC website at www.bodmin-moor.org.uk

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Editor's notes:

The Bodmin Moor and Camelford Partnership is one of 11 Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) that have been developed in consultation with local people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. If you have an enquiry regarding IAPs in other areas or general questions about Objective One please contact the Objective One Partnership Office on the following freephone number 0800 028 0120.

The Bodmin Moor and Camelford IAP is managed by Cornwall County Council, in partnership with the local community and Caradon and North Cornwall District Councils.

Parish Plans are part of the 'Vital Villages' scheme run by the Countryside Agency, which offers grants and advice to rural communities to help them take action on many issues. Advice and grants of up to £5,000 to cover the costs incurred in producing a plan are available to parish and town councils in rural areas.

For further information about this press release, please contact the team at:

Bodmin Moor and Camelford Partnership
Unit 8 Bodmin Business Centre, Harleigh Road, Bodmin, PL31 1AH
Tel: 01208 79822
Fax: 01208 79823
Email: bmac@cornwall.gov.uk

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk