This is the text that was provided to the local newspapers following the successful launch event.
A Celebration of Steep took place at Steep Village Hall on Saturday 20th October.
An estimated two hundred local residents took part in this important community event, which was held to mark the publication of the Steep Parish Plan. Following three years of work and extensive consultation, the Plan describes the parish and its history, and summarises the key actions which the community would like to see over the coming years to protect and enhance the character of the parish and to manage the inevitable changes which Steep faces.
The Parish Plan Steering Group has also produced a Local Landscape Character Assessment, which celebrates the outstanding countryside in the area and defines the main priorities for its future management; a Settlement Appraisal, assessing the main features of the various groups of homes around the parish; and a Buildings & Monuments Record, listing the rich array of important buildings both ancient and modern in Steep.
The event in Steep War Memorial Village Hall displayed the new reports, as well as a range of fascinating information about past Steep censuses and historic church registers, the local newsletter, the Village Hall, wild flower photographs, special Steep DVDs, valuations and children’s activities - accompanied by refreshments for all and a village photograph. Parish Council representatives also described how the actions in the Plan would be progressed.
All four reports and some supporting information can be seen (and downloaded) from www.SteepParishPlan.org.uk. If you are interested in a printed copy of any of the reports or have questions, contact details are available on the website.
An iconic red telephone kiosk, previously located near Hays Cottages in the village, has been transferred to a new site just outside the Village Hall and has taken on a new existence as a local information point for visitors, containing a host of brochures and information about Steep and the area. This new community asset was formally opened by Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, who applauded the excellent work of the Steep team in developing the Parish Plan and the Landscape Assessment.
Questions on this press release should be addressed to: Peter Cruttenden - Secretary, Steep Parish Plan Steering Group - 01730-233241
Margaret Paren, Chair, South Downs National Park Authority and Drake Hocking, leader of the Steep Landscape Assessment team.
Some of the visitors to the Celebration of Steep on 20th October.