The Town Centre A thriving town centre is vital to the future of Thatcham, as it is to any town. The town centre topic team are exploring a number of initiatives and the survey tested feelings about some of them as well as asking for general views about specific aspects of the centre.
Transport and Access Transport and access causes particular problems in Thatcham, as responses to questions related to rising heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic through and around the town demonstrate. Road safety and views related to Thatchams level crossing were also covered in the survey.
Homes and Housing It was decided to defer detailed work on this topic until after the publication of the first action plan. Like health and wellbeing, schooling and other topics not yet considered, in detail this is obviously an important aspect of life in Thatcham but they require more time and effort than we had available during our first year. However, views about homes and housing were sought in the survey.
Provision for Senior Citizens Two of the Visions topic teams considered the needs of specific age groups. The senior citizens topic team had two major ideas that they wanted to test via the questionnaire.
The Environment This is a very broad topic area, covering everything from the consequences of urban growth and sustainable energy use through to pollution of various kinds. These issues are high on national and international agenda. Based on the survey results, they are a major concern for Thatcham residents as well.
Health and Wellbeing As noted earlier, health and wellbeing is one of a series of important topics which will be examined in the future – hopefully early in Further consultation exercises will be conducted in the future in relation to this and other topics. A general question on this topic was included in the survey. (Please get in touch with us via one of the contact methods detailed on our website if you would like to be involved with this team.)
Youth Provision The youth provision topic team was the first to be set-up in 2005, partly because strong opinions had been expressed about this topic during the qualitative consultation exercises. The team have made a wide range of proposals, but the word engagement summarises their work: effort is needed to continue to engage young people in the future of their town.
Social and Community Development High levels of participation in local clubs, other organised activities and volunteering is a real strength of Thatcham. The proposals made by this topic team are to do with exploiting the internet to build on this strength, partly by facilitating the formation of new groups and also by enabling existing ones to promote their activities more effectively.
Respondents Profile In addition to the topic specific questions, the questionnaire included a series of questions which were aimed at building a picture of respondents background. The charts which follow show the responses. Please note that the responses to the questionnaire were weighted to reflect the age distribution of Thatchams actual population, which differs slightly from the survey response rate in different age groups.
Overview The next slide summarises the overall response to questions which were based questions based on a five point scale. The responses are ordered by level of agreement. The overall strong response to questions related to sustainability and the environment is worth noting.
The Thatcham Vision Databank The first version of this summary was published on 30 November Updated versions of this summary, summaries of the Visions other consultation exercises, statistical information, maps, and a large collection of photographs will be added to the Thatcham Vision Databank over the coming days and weeks. The Databanks home page, which can be accessed via the Visions website, includes guidance on a simple way of keeping up-to-date with additions and changes. Please questions about or comments on this survey to or leave a message on the Visions voic line