This is a picture of Richard Sinden, Wye’s community warden, who helped me distribute the youth questionnaires at the village bus-stops and train station last week. (I was thinking of writing irreverent captions but decided against it – for fear he might handcuff me or lock me in the youth shelter.)
Some things we learnt:
– children tend to turn up for buses and trains at the very last minute. Not many of them give themselves much time to fill in questionnaires.
– children, like adults, don’t tend to function too well at 7.45 in the morning. Being asked to rank things in order of preference is clearly a bit tricky if you’re trying to digest your porridge and catch a bus at the same time.
– children who travel to the southern side of Canterbury (to either of the Simon Langton grammar schools or Barton Court for example) have the worst commute. Most of them had already left by the time Richard and I hit the streets. Maybe this is something that needs to be looked at in the Neighbourhood Plan.
All that said, we managed to get 50 responses and are hopeful of getting a few more in the coming days. A quick initial look suggests good support for the idea of a multiple use games area, kayaking or a bathing pool on the river, and a small skate park.