Speeding through the village emerged as the number one problem with 37% of people responding saying that it was the single most important issue for the Council to tackle. Public transport and the lack of suitable housing for local people were also mentioned several times.
Almost three-quarters of people said speeding was an issue. The existing measures of warning signs and the introduction of the 30 mph were rated moderately effective, scoring on average 2.8 and 3.2 respectively. The scale was 1-5 (high). Despite this, almost all of the people who considered it a problem thought it serious enough to warrant additional measures. The main ideas suggested were more police enforcement, cameras, including fixed and average speed, humps and physical traffic calming.
Almost 60% of people were unhappy with the state of the local roads and pavements and many specific examples were given, including Friday Street and School Lane. Around 30% were concerned about the state of verges, ditches or hedges.
There was a high level of satisfaction with the Council’s recycling service with nearly two-thirds saying that it isn’t necessary to do more. This result may have been influenced by the recently announced extension of the items that can be recycled. This happened just before the survey. By contrast, 85% of people answered the question about more business recycling and nearly 90% were in favour of encouraging this.
The current level of youth provision was rated moderately with an average score of 2.6 based on a scale of 1 to 5. However there were relatively few suggestions for improvements with the main ones being a better evening bus service to allow young people to reach a wider range of events and activities and a club for younger children.
Perhaps surprisingly, only 59% of people responding thought cars taking children to school were causing a congestion problem. This is much lower than for other villages and may reflect the relatively small size of the local school. Nevertheless, there was strong support for more options for children to be able to use buses to get to school with around two-thirds backing the idea. The suggestion that schools should get incentives from the County Council to arrange additional transport was also popular with nearly two-thirds in favour.