19th Dec, 2018

Volunteers swell ranks as major Map project starts to be implemented

Ross Crawford 26th May, 2018

THE Studley on the Map project took another step closer to reality on Thursday evening when more than 30 volunteers met with the steering group to discuss the way forward.

On the agenda were the results of a snapshot survey of what local people think of Studley, its good and bad points, the benefits of living there and how the village and the Map project should develop.

“Everyone has been really positive although many of the great things we know about Studley – its strong sense of community and co-operation – might prove hard to portray,” said District Councillor Justin Kerridge.

“However other aspects, like its green open spaces, leisure offering, its history, Studley Castle, the walks and cultural events, should prove more manageable.”

The aim to to erect signposts for both pedestrians and drivers telling them what a great village they are passing through and what events are happening locally.

With free parking available, it’s hoped people will be persuaded to stop in the village and enjoy its many attractions, like the Artists Workhouse, the nature reserve, the walk across the park to the church or some of its pubs and shops.

“We have a year to come up with the programme and the next step will be to set some deadlines,” said Coun Kerridge.

“One of the great things is that we have more than 30 volunteers all interested in different aspects of the project and that is really positive.”

The hope is to have a ‘soft launch’ for the website in two to three months before it goes live with a rough timescale of six months pencilled in for all the work to be completed.

The Studley on the Map project is the result of a massive crowdfunding drive through Warwickshire County Council which has seen the village smash its target of raising £36,000 by bringing in more than £38,000.

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