Tuesday 17 October

The Town Healthcheck

The first task of Petersfield Tomorrow was to conduct a 'healthcheck' of the Town using the advice from what was then called the Countryside Agency. The survey booklet was distributed both residents and businesses and the results are used to influence our work. The survey was dated 15 May 2006.

1 Introduction

This is the analysis of the specific questions asked by the Petersfield Tomorrow Community Initiative in their survey of Petersfield residents and businesses.  The survey was done to find out what people’s views are on a variety of issues, opportunities and potential projects on the following areas:

 

587 questionnaires have been returned.  If all 8,000 that were printed are distributed, this gives a response rate of 7%.

Some respondents did not answer some questions, said that they didn’t know or did not have enough information to be able to answer.  These respondents have been categorised in the analysis as ‘no answer’.

Percentages may not always add up to 100 due to rounding.

2 Work and Business

2.1 We should make more business property available

 

Over half of the respondents (56%) strongly agreed or agreed that more business property should be made available.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

48

8

284

48

159

27

37

6

59

10

 

2.2 Local products should be more widely available in Petersfield

 

The majority of respondents (94%) strongly agreed or agreed that local products should be more widely available.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

278

47

274

47

9

2

3

1

23

4

 

2.3 There should be more opportunities for young people in trade and technical jobs

 

The majority of respondents (90%) strongly agreed or agreed that there should be more opportunities for young people.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

211

36

316

54

16

3

4

1

40

7

 

2.4 There is a need for better hotel and conference facilities

 

83% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there is a need for better hotel and conference facilities.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

272

46

215

37

61

10

20

3

19

3

 

2.5 The congestion from delivery vehicles should be reduced by co-ordinating delivery times

 

86% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there should be co-ordinated delivery times.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

301

51

208

35

44

7

14

2

20

3

 

3 Our Surroundings

3.1        We should improve signage in and at the entrances to the town   

67% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that signage should be improved, however over a quarter of respondents (26%) disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

132

22

263

45

137

23

20

3

35

6

 

3.2        We should preserve the special character and attraction of Petersfield by developing a town design statement to guide future development.

 

90% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that a town design statement should be developed for Petersfield.

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

329

56

201

34

18

3

12

2

27

5

 

3.3 We need to experiment with a pedestrianisation scheme for the High Street

 

74% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there should be an experimental pedestrianisation scheme for the High Street, however a quarter (25%) disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

291

50

140

24

82

14

65

11

9

2

 

3.4 We should be preserving the natural environment in Petersfield with a local conservation plan, to protect sites such as the Heath

 

The majority of respondents (97%) strongly agreed or agreed that there should be a local conservation plan for Petersfield to help preserve the natural environment

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

430

73

140

24

4

1

3

1

10

2

 

3.5 Petersfield would benefit from a town centre management plan to co-ordinate activities in Petersfield e.g. Carnival, Christmas Lights

 

85% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that Petersfield would benefit from a town centre management plan.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

230

39

270

46

42

7

12

2

33

6

 

3.6 There should be a better business waste collection scheme including extending the recycling programme to include businesses

 

93% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there needs to be a better business waste collection scheme.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

309

53

235

40

8

1

6

1

29

5

 

4 Getting About

 

4.1 We should provide a better bus service, particularly at evenings and weekends

 

81% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there needs to be a better bus service.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

181

31

296

50

44

7

6

1

60

10

 

4.2 We should increase availability of transport information and provide timetables at all bus shelters and bus stops

 

89% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there should be an increase in the availability of public transport information

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

230

39

296

50

20

3

5

1

36

6

 

4.3 We should improve the co-ordination of transport provision i.e. improve the links between rail and bus

 

88% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the co-ordination of transport needs to be improved.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

226

39

289

49

26

4

4

1

42

7

 

4.4 We should provide more public transport to key facilities e.g. hospitals, schools, entertainment

 

87% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there need to be more public transport to key facilities.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

245

42

262

45

28

5

3

1

49

8

 

4.5 We should increase the provision of accessible public transport i.e. provide more accessible buses and taxi’s for people with a disability

 

85% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the provision of accessible public transport should be increased

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

211

36

286

49

36

6

6

1

48

8

 

4.6        We should review public car parking in Petersfield and discourage use of cars in the town centre.

71% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that we should review car parking, however a quarter disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

264

45

150

26

101

17

50

9

22

4

 

4.7 We should improve pedestrian and cycling routes into and around the town centre

 

79% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that pedestrian and cycle routes should be improved.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

268

46

194

33

66

11

21

4

38

6

 

5            Providing for our Community

 

5.1 More affordable housing is required in Petersfield

 

67% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that more affordable housing is required however over a quarter (26%) disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

177

30

218

37

117

20

37

6

38

6

 

5.2 There is insufficient information provided about community events and activities

 

Opinion is fairly evenly split on this issue with 47% strongly agreeing or agreeing and 45% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

74

13

202

34

242

41

21

4

48

8

 

5.3There are not enough rooms to hire in the town for community activities

 

47% strongly agreed or agreed and 39% disagreed or strongly disagreed.  This is the question that had the highest amount of no answers at 15%.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

66

11

209

36

204

35

21

4

87

15

 

5.4There should be a centre for children and young people in Petersfield

 

75% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there should be a centre for children and young people.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

151

26

287

49

72

12

15

3

62

11

 

5.5 There should be more film showings in the community venues in Petersfield

 

78% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that there should be more film showings.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

182

31

274

47

63

11

9

2

59

10

 

5.6        We should increase the range of activities held in the Town Square

80% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the range of activities held in the Town Square should be increased.

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

No answer

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

No

%

197

34

271

46

69

12

12

2

38

6