The village also carried out a village consultation in the summer. As part of the neighbourhood plan, a questionnaire was distributed.
The results of the data-friendly ‘closed questions’ have been previously published (Wye NP survey summary leaflet1 final), but now Councillor John Mansfield has completed the exhausting process of looking at the freehand comments: 121210np_survey_text_analysis.
Many of these echo the conclusions of Imperial’s Rummey report. ie. that the village needs to remain a village and that the transport issues need to be sorted out.
But John does go into a bit more detail, highlighting the issues that people feel are important:Keep Wye as a village 209 (31+16+45+20+1+18+10+4+64) Traffic management, calming devices, 20mph restriction 168 (58+2+20+6+10+19+34+19) Improve bus services 192 (2+3+132+11+9+9+7+7+4+1) Control parking at danger points eg dropped kerbs, pavements 136 (84+48) Pavements and footpaths need improvement 133 (6+119+8) Current recycling provision is inefficient we need a proper system, up to national standards at least 126 (15+106+5) Improve school run chaos 122 (103+3+12+4) Install automatic crossing gates 106 (61+22+12+11) Public transport good as it is particularly the train service 83 Parking restrictions to allow buses easy access 71 (48+23) High speed train to stop at Wye 67 (55 +12) Improve crossing but not necessarily by automatic gates 46 (24+7+10+5) Community farm should link closely with primary school and the Free School 39 Pedestrian crossings, particularly on Church St and Churchfield Way 36 (32+3+1) Build a swimming pool 31 (18+7+6)
And he also highlights the most contentious issues:The level crossing Automatic crossing gates needed 106 No need to make gates automatic 34 Transport Improve bus services 192 Transport services quite good as they are particularly trains 83 High speed train should stop at Wye 67 Business opportunities More businesses needed 31 Enough already village is full to overflowing 18 Recycling We need a proper recycling system up to national standards at least 106 Our recycling leads the way promoting local jobs 10