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Village Centres

The picture below shows a sensible form for our village centre to take. The picture also includes some the villages hamlets on the top left. This situation emphasises how close the hamlets house are to the village centre itself.


There must be two versions of such village centres (as discussed in the previous webpage). There must be an integrated form, which links to a "town centre" with an underground transport system. But the version I show here is an "independent form", which must run its own transport system going to local towns and cities.

            You can see the facilities for such transport in the picture above. So an outside road leads in and around the "village's centre" centre. The village's small public buses will go round this centre dropping off returning passengers and also picking new passengers who want to enjoy the variety of the outside world. ( This must occur at the dead centre so that all hamlet people will have to walk the same distance to walk to their public transport.)

            You will notice that there is a large parking area next to this road. Here the village people park their assortment of small buses, trucks etc which the village people must use frequently. But there must also be many small cars here, which all villagers can hire for various periods. These village people should still be able to use all the facilities of the modern world.


Then, around the centre's public buildings, I have put a good sporting facilities and gardens, which all villages can use and enjoy.


Then, going around the centre of the village, I have put 4 large large public buildings.They are quite large (20 m wide) so each buiding will need a central corridor with large rooms on either side. And I would imagine that each building should be 2-stories high. But there is no point in being too specific – all villages can be completely different.


But this is how I imagine these buildings might be used. I will start with the building on the top-right. And then I will go in clockwise direction around the 4 buildings:


This building will house all the learning facilities, which you would expect of a community of this size (1600 people). So this building will house: a small infants school, a small primary school, and a library.







This building will house most of the pleasant relaxing activities of the community. So the building would contain: a pub, cafes, eating-places, a small market, shops, and minor repair facilities.






This building will contain the more difficult activities of the village community. So this includes: a medical centre, a garage for mending the village vehicles, appliance repairs, and agricultural facilities to help the hamlets with their agricultural problems.




This final building will mostly be the administrative centre. This building must contain a good-sized hall. Here the 16 representatives of the hamlets, and the elected officers of the village community, will probably meet twice a week and govern the activities of the village centre. These meetings must take place in the hall, and then all village members can attend at the back and listen to what goes on. Only representatives and officers will normally speak. If a normal person wants to speak then they must go to their own representative (or the relevant officer on the subject) to obtain permission. Then their speaking time will add their representative's allocated speaking time. (I don't believe that some people have the automatic right to waste other people's time.)
            The hamlet representatives will of course elect the officers of the village at these weekly meetings. Each election should take several meetings. Also no representative can also be an officer in the village (there would be a conflict of interests).
            This building must have small rooms for all its various officers. Also this building ought to have rooms for the clubs and societies of the village to store their gear and have small meetings.
            Finally this hall must house a good village dance every Saturday night. Life without such a village dance is unthinkable for all sane sociable people.


My next normal webpage is:"Village Farming Communities" .


          You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "Green Living" (which introduces this major set of webpages),

or "Forming Green Communities", (which introduces this set of webpages).


Updated on 17/11/2016.