Summary of Questionnaire Comments
The unattributed comments in each section of
the questionnaire have been processed and the five or six most
commented-on issues in each section are reported on this page.
Objective 1: Housing
Comments not yet processed.
Objective 2: Our Infrastructure
The top six areas of concern are:
5. Road Crossing
6. School Buses
1. Broadband was commented on approximately 182 times and every
comment was negative regarding the speed. This issue is currently
being addressed and should be improved by September 2017.
2. Traffic. After broadband the speed of through traffic in The
High Road, Felmersham and Moor End, Radwell were the main issues.
The speeding issue in Felmersham is being address by the Parish
Council with the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit throughout
the village. However with a speed limit in Moor End of 20 mph,
speed was still an issue in Moor End. Some suggested average speed
cameras were required and a few thought speed monitoring was the
answer. Speed bumps were definitely not required. Traffic was
considered to be a hazard, at the school, during school start and
Many respondents thought the Parish needed more footpaths. Serval
said there was a need for a footpath from Felmersham to Sharnbrook
Upper School giving students the opportunity to walk to school and
provide parishioners with a safe means of walking to Sharnbrook.
Whilst others thought a footpath from Radwell to Milton Ernest
would be beneficial. Within in the parish footpaths were proposed
in Moor End, Pavenham Road and the High Road from the junction of
Grange Road to Memorial Lane. Pedestrians were also at risk
walking along the Old Road during school starting and finishing
This was an issue in Pavenham Road, the School and Village Hall,
Church End, The Sun and on the path at the junction of Grange Road
and The High Road.
5. Road Crossing
Crossing The High Road near the bus shelter, especially at peak
periods, was seen as a major safety problem for both children and
adults. Several suggest a pedestrian crossing. Speeding traffic
did not help in this regard.
6. School Busses
School busses and lorries are a risk to motorists and pedestrians
at peak periods. They travel too fast.
Objective 3: Environment and Heritage
Comments not yet processed.
Objective 4: Recreational, sporting and
The first aim of this objective was to establish which of the
existing Parish facilities are valued and contribute to the community,
and secondly the provision sought for new or upgraded facilities,
ensuring that community life continues to flourish.
Focusing first on Question 4 (In your opinion, how strong is the
sense of community in this Parish?) the sense of community was
said to be excellent and good by 66% of those who responded to the
questionnaire, with 29% judging it to be average.
People enjoy living in the Parish with over 90% of respondents in
Question 5 (What do you enjoy about living in Felmersham and Radwell?)
valuing these 4 factors of Parish life: the quietness, the easy access
to the countryside, the rural atmosphere and a peaceful and safe
Of all the community facilities listed in Question 1, (Which
community facilities do you use within the Parish and how often?)
over 75% had used at some point the Church, the Village Hall, the Sun;
to a lesser extent of 60%, the play area and the memorial garden. 47%
had used the bus service, with 15% and 12% respectively The Villager
bus and the mobile library.
Having said that, the latter two in Question 2 (How important to
you are the following Parish facilities?) were deemed to be
important or very important, with all of the others listed gaining
overwhelming support as valued Parish facilities.
Question 3 (Bearing in mind the potential small scale development
that will occur in the Parish to meet housing needs, what additional
or improved community facilities would you like to see in the Parish
in the period to 2035?) suggested some additional and improved
facilities; a local bus service and a community shop both had strong
support of over 70%, followed by medical and mobile library at 46%.
Question 6 (When considering provision for young people in the
Parish, do you consider the following to be important?) All listed
were deemed to be important between 53% for sports facilities and 68%
for childrens play area.
From the comments made at the launch event in April 2016, and those
made on the last page of the questionnaire, many suggestions were
forthcoming. There was an overlap to other Objectives.
More consultation is required to secure a way forward, but some of the
most frequent suggestions were as follows:
A community shop/occasional cafes/events which encourage the
community to mix and come together
A community building for meetings in Radwell, as well as a play area
Purpose built Village Hall separate from the School that could be
used for meetings in the day
Extension of Harrold/Odell Country Park as a designated conservation
area of the Ouse Valley with, for example, improved footpath provision
Further community groups such as garden/allotment club, group for
conservation of wildlife, drama group, cinema club etc, and clubs for
the youth of the Parish
More sports provision for all, including adults: bigger play
equipment, football goals/pitch, cricket facilities, tennis court etc
Objective 5: Business and Employment
It was interesting to find out how many people work from home or
operate a business from Felmersham and Radwell. The response was
excellent from residents and brought to light how many people
depend on key services, such as broadband. Residents feedback
regarding broadband and its inadequate performance was
The villages of Felmersham and Radwell are attractive because of
the rural aspects. However, because of the good train links to
London this attracts commuters to the villages.
The villages have a good selection of Trades and Services that
cover lots of different capabilities.
The main employment groups in the village are:
Building & Maintenance Services i.e. Electrician/Plumber etc.
The questionnaire results clearly stated that going forward the
majority of residents believed that the future employment
opportunity would come from Leisure & Tourism.
The residents also responded positively to the new Leisure
proposals; however, they do not want this venture to impact on the
peace and quiet that they enjoy. But recognise that jobs created
would potentially be beneficial.
In addition, the need for a Shop and Community Hub got a very
positive response and The Sun pub was highly regarded as our top
community asset and village employer.
Issues to address in the future:
Broadband - Fibre is coming but required urgently
Community Hub for meetings, networking etc.
If you would like to
find out more or want to get involved please contact:
Rosemary Drewery: Tel: 0779296004; email: Rosemary@madewithlovinghands.com
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09 February 2018