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Public update event, 5 September, Southern Maltings
A huge thank you to everyone who came along - especially those who took part in one of our polls or left comments on our post-it note board.
143 people took part in our survey, using tokens to indicate their support for the various goals outlined in our Draft Plan. A total 429 votes were cast, as follows:
Improving community facilities 54
An attractive town centre 76
Having a sustainable transport network 74
Supporting a vibrant economy 54
An attractive place to live - where the natural environment is valued and safeguarded 124
Valuing our heritage 47
POST-IT NOTE COMMENTS, GROUPED BY THEME
Community facilities: There were 6 comments asking for better quality of play equipment, particularly in King George’s Park and the one near Priors Wood. There was also a plea for water and power on King George’s to enable more community events to take place. 3 comments asking for more events/markets in Tudor Square, 2 complaints about Tudor Square being taken over by the restaurant.
Sustainable Transport: Lots of interest in cycling and safe route to schools. 8 parents raised concerns about children crossing the road at the bottom of Wadesmill Road (particularly from the The Bourne and crossing the roundabout at Baldock Street) to get to Chauncy and St Catherine’s Schools. 2 comments about the lack of direct buses to Lister Hospital and the QE2. 3 people wanted more trains to London. 1 complaint about people cycling on the pavement and 3 about the danger of electric scooters on the pavement in the town centre.
Vibrant economy: 8 complaints about the lack of banks in town. 2 people suggested a banking hub. 3 people asked for more workshop type spaces, easy-in/easy or hourly hire of office and meeting space with facilities such as coffee and printing.
Police Community Day, Ware Priory, 3 October
It was extremely busy from 11am right through to 3.15pm, when it started to rain. It is estimated that the whole event attracted in excess of 2000 people.
I used the same display as we had at the Malting in September, augmented by two flipcharts; one for the map and one for comments. I was positioned opposite the bouncy castle and sandwiched between the
craft tent, hair braiding and the ice cream van, which meant I was able to “nobble” a whole range of people, including lots of families, 23 member of the Youth Choir and 8 young people with special needs and their carers.
My pitch was along the lines of “have we got the right objectives” and “what’s missing”.
614 people took part in the ballot. There was a huge amount of interest in safeguarding the natural environment, sustainable transport and community facilities. I think this reflects the age range of the people at the event:
Improving community facilities 314
An attractive town centre 196
Having a sustainable transport network 411
Supporting a vibrant economy 153
An attractive place to live, where the natural environment is valued and safeguarded 688
Valuing our heritage 80