The process of getting involved in parish politics needs to be much more appealing!
Sitting in a village hall and putting our hand up when we want to be heard is not the way to get people involved any more. We need help from a younger generation to change this but they are the ones who are least likely to get involved.
I am trying some new ways of provoking a reaction to local issues. One experiment has been to make a short video about my village and posting it on YouTube. Using my impending move to this new parish I used Google Streetview to take a look around, noticing things missed on my physical visits.
Made without the knowledge of the community it was an outsiders view of their place.
This film observes some of the issues in Hemyock and if it provokes a reaction may help highlight topics which can form part of the parish questionnaire.
This could equally be of a district in a town or city. I hope this is the first of many experiments which will evolve into some new tools to help parishes use Localism in a productive and positive way that involves the whole community.