Dorstone Parish Plan Questionnaire Results Highlights Responses One word – brilliant! Thanks to you all and the volunteers who delivered and collected the questionnaires 85% of households which is 136 Considerably higher than is normally achieved certainly in Herefordshire possibly nationally Solid basis for preparing the Plan itself Responses 227 Adults – 45 Young people 0 to 5 years 10 30 to 44 years 28 5 to 10 years 14 45 to 59 years 61 11 to 17 years 20 60 to 74 years 44 18 to 24 years 13 75 to 84 years 19 25 to 29 years 7 85 years plus 15 Good News “How satisfied are you with your parish as a place to live?” 63% - very satisfied 36% - fairly satisfied 1% - fairly dissatisfied Importance of Issues All issues covered were rated as either very important or important by a clear majority – demonstrates our prior consultations were effective. Issues ranked as very important (important) Planning & Conservation 56% (38%) Traffic 54% (34%) Environment 52% (38%) Importance of Issues very imp (imp) Housing 43% (45%) Communications 26% (56%) Transport 25% (53%) Parish Facilities & Leisure 22% (55%) Parish Services 14% (53%) Planning and Conservation 52% not aware of conservation area conditions 30% satisfied/fairly with those conditions 10% not satisfied. 93% very important/important that new buildings matched existing styles Building materials – stone 98% slate roofing 92% wooden window frames 89%. Opposition strongest against aluminium window frames 72% brick 51% and UPVC windows 47% Long list of constructive comments on these issues Traffic Road Conditions 64% poor/very poor - 36% good Long list of locations identifying poor/very poor spots – most frequently mentioned B4348 particularly the stretch to the Bage Dorstone Hill Scar Lane Mynydd Brith road Common Bach road Traffic 65% - Yes to traffic problems/safety issues and 131 comments received. Speeding - 84 Problems at specific locations - 21 Speed of tractors - 12 Problems with HGVs/Buses - 10 Dorstone Bends - 9 Also important concern in Youth Questionnaire Traffic Solutions 90% improve maintenance of ditches & drains 80% 30mph speed limit within village area 81% safe crossing to playing fields 73% against speed humps 50% against more pavements 46% against signs requesting more care Long list of detailed comments and suggested improvements to road safety. Environment Protection and Enhancement ideas In favour 82% Extended recycling collections throughout Parish 76% Bottle Bank within Parish 70% Minimal Carbon emissions for new buildings 62% Litter Bins 61% Solar lighting Schemes Environment Protection and Enhancement Ideas Limited Support/Opposition 75% against more street lights 62% against Tree on Village Green 40% against - 36% in favour Wind Turbines Other Environmental Issues Positive view of local footpaths and bridleways Majority support for development of cycle & walking paths in GV 20% opposed “Quiet Lanes Initiative” 26% opposed Some of the list of other ideas for improvement Leave things as they are More flowers and planters No bonfires in summer Other Environmental Issues New village signs – ‘Welcome to Dorstone’ Provision of skips for removal of larger rubbish 15% (34 houses) affected by flooding – mainly in garden/outhouse/cellar More sunshine!! Housing 109 owner occupiers - 10 rented Future housing needs -132 responses 12 - yes 30 - possibly Support was greater than opposition for all types of new housing privately owned/rented/low cost/housing association 20-30% had no opinion New homes built 73% in favour of small infill 72% - no to developments of more than 6 homes Building outside conservation area 42% yes - 43% no 43 businesses are run from homes within Parish Communications Amount of information available 81% good or reasonable - 10% poor. 71% word of mouth 51% Link / GVN 50% Post Office Notice Boards 65% in favour of Parish Council newsletter Of 55 newcomers 28 not received welcome pack 82% of those that had found it to be useful Communications 80% receive internet at home 78% broadband - 50% said speed was sufficient Only 22% had visited the Dorstone Community website There was widespread support for using the website for all information needs e.g. Parish Council Newsletter/Minutes, Events, News of Parish Groups, Planning Applications, Tourist Information Yes No No opinion Information suitable for Dorstone Community Website Current Events within the Parish Details of the work of the Parish Council Parish Council meeting minutes Parish Council Newsletter Newcomers' Welcome Pack Planning applications details Village Hall news / minutes PCC news / minutes Church Services Playing fields news / minutes Parish services information Tourist information about the Parish Parish groups Future events calendar Parish Plan progress reports Advertisements of items for sale Ads for recycling of unwanted items Adverts for businesses 0% 20% 40% 60% % of responses 80% 100% Transport Car is the dominant mode of transport Bus services were important for a minority going to School or College and 67% of those thought the services were efficient. 54% never used the bus service and 28% had used it within the last year Reasons for not using it were inconvenient times, cost and the convenience of using own car. Demand for better bus shelter provision Car parking facilities within village 35% good - 56% reasonable - 9% poor Parish Facilities and Leisure Village Hall 65% used the Village Hall at least a few times a year – 11% never used it. Facilities 43% good - 49% reasonable - 9% poor Many ideas for refurbishment e.g. better kitchen, heating, new chairs, sound proofing, late usage and redecoration 52% would use it more if there were more local events 40% would use it more if there were more clubs or regular activities Parish Facilities and Leisure Playing Fields 49% use Playing fields at least a few times a year 29% never use them. Main uses 61% specific events 24% walk or exercise 22% playground 47% of users rated playground facilities as poor Ideas – improved facilities for Children’s playground (12) tennis court (18) Suggested Activities Keep Fit Dancing - Salsa / Ballroom / Latin / Modern Gardening Club Tennis Art Classes Badminton Yoga Computing Classes Photography Natural History Society Boules (Petanque) Choir Language Classes Music Society Rambling Club Volunteers' group to visit housebound residents Whist Drives Drama Bridge 63 50 44 44 42 42 40 37 36 35 30 29 26 23 23 20 13 12 5 Parish Facilities and Leisure Church/Chapel 66% St Faith’s important as historical building 57% as a focal point for the community 37% important for worship 45% thought it should be more of a community facility - 22% did not - 33% no opinion 39 people suggested using for concerts and music. Widespread view that Church would need toilet facilities, kitchen and flexible seating if it were to become more of a communal facility Dorstone Chapel 24% important as an historical building - 66% did not see its importance Parish Facilities and Leisure Co-ordination Need for more co-ordination between the various village groups to avoid overlap and duplication Lots of ideas have been put forward to improve facilities and leisure activities Existing groups or even new ones could pursue many of these suggestions Parish Services 59% use Post Office at least once a month 21% never use it. 134 made comments on how closure would affect them – of these 42 said there would be no effect – the remainder referred to adverse effects on themselves and the community. 130 were prepared to support community oil purchase scheme with various other suggestions for community purchase – gardening supplies, firewood, LPG, potatoes, rice and pulses, office supplies – all these being picked up by the Dorstone Front Room (See Oil form here) Parish Services Views on local services Police Fire Ambulance Herefordshire Council Parish Council Good / very good Average Mobile Library Poor / very poor 0% 20% 40% 60% % of responses 80% 100% Highlights of Youth Questionnaire Excellent response 45 out of 66 of 17 years and under. Best things about Dorstone 84% friendly - 58% safe - 49% neighbourly Like least – lack of activities, isolated & traffic Problems/worries – speeding traffic, dog mess, having nothing to do & being bored 66% knew about Youth Club 60% say they will use it Highlights of Youth Questionnaire Activities wanted on Playing fields e.g. tennis, mountain bike circuit, cricket and better playground facilities Wider choice of things to do More activities for young people at Village Hall More say for young people in community decisions e.g. Parish Plan & Parish Council Next Steps Full report will be available on Web Site and a paper copy will be left in the Front Room, Church and Pandy Inn. Once you have read the report, any additional comments are very welcome. Email copies on request - leave email with us Copies of sections relating to various groups e.g. Village Hall, Church, Playing Fields, Parish Council & Dorstone Front Room will be passed to each of them to consider and report back with their own action plan Next Steps Discussions will commence with service providers, including Parish Council, on issues raised and action required. This may involve open meetings with: Herefordshire Planning Department - planning, conservation, housing Herefordshire Highways and Police – Traffic, speeding & road safety issues Herefordshire Council/Parish Council (lengthsman scheme) - Highways maintenance Herefordshire Environmental Services - Environmental Issues Parish Council - Website development Next Steps As some of the possible improvements involve expenditure, we have to look at all methods of raising money, including grants. Report back to parishioners on progress as we go By mid-summer - produce the Parish Plan to be adopted by Parish Council and Herefordshire Council. Aim is to produce a short, concise document setting out improvements with an action plan to achieve them. There is no reason to wait for the Parish Plan we can make a start today!