You need to consider what the information you have gathered tells you in the light of these questions: Write your answers here. Base them on the information you have gathered: Conclusion
KEY: F = It's a fact, S = strength, W = weakness, O = opportunity, T = threat, M = need more info
How easily can local people gain access to local government officials or members? Plenty of access via internet, parish council in town and Borough Council at Kings Hill.
How well is the community represented in, or consulted by, local government? Local government offers the chance to participate in consultations – the town has no focus for a community voice. W
How well are local issues fully considered in local strategies and community planning? There is no focus on local issues in what is mainly a well-off and successful area. O
How active and influential is the community in local decision-making? The local community participates in elections, but projects are developed piecemeal rather than as part of a coherent local action plan – people do not have a focus for working together T
How well is the community encouraged and supported to become involved in decision-making/development issues? There are open opportunities to participate but these rely on local people being proactive in finding out what decisions/development issues are due to be considered. W