“My Cheddar” community group
|One of the group’s roles is to help in the development of Cheddar’s Neighbourhood Plan. Whilst it’s impossible to stop all development, residents can have a say about the type of development they would like, and try and make sure it goes in the right places. Whilst as individuals we may have our own views on development proposals, My Cheddar is not particularly a pro- or anti-development pressure group, but focused on looking at a wider range of quick wins and longer term plans that local residents and businesses could support.There are also a number of small task groups looking at projects to improve the way the community functions, such as local shopping and markets, environmental considerations, sports facilities, transport, and developing a community hub. These can help to reduce the need for external investment in the community and make it more resilient and self-sufficient. A strong community network is also perceived to improve property values.||
There are also plenty of opportunities for local businesses to get involved and help out with providing staff, equipment or services, and there is a partners page which lists organisations who have contributed to My Cheddar projects. The group is separate from business networks, local pressure groups, churches, clubs, charities, councils and so on, although the facilities and expertise of these kinds of local organisations may well be suited to taking forward particular projects. So you may also find people from Cheddar Traders, Lions, Scouts and Guides, Community Church, Parish Council, local business owners, and Cheddar Baptists (to name a few) working alongside one another on individual projects.