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2014 King’s Sutton Way Ahead Village Survey – Preliminary Report Now Available

April 14th, 2015

King’s Sutton, The Way AheadThere is still much work to do on the analysis of the Way Ahead Village Survey results. For the moment, however, you can click here to view/download a preliminary 19-page report detailing all the survey respondents’ views on various aspects of village life. For those who have no wish to wade through all the numbers, here’s a summary of the survey highlights:

Households Responding to the Survey

  • Absolute Number of House-holds Responding to Survey: 304
  • Number of Properties in the Parish of King’s Sutton: 1015
  • Proportion of Parish Properties Responding to Survey: 29.95%

Individuals Responding to the Survey

  • Absolute Number of Individuals Responding to the Survey: 472
  • Number of Electors Living in the Parish of King’s Sutton: 1721
  • Proportion of Parish Electors Responding to Survey: 27.43%

Demographic Information About the Respondents

  • The majority of respondents are over the age of 44
  • Just over half of the respondents have lived in King’s Sutton for fewer than 16 years

Respondents’ Attitudes to Their Current Dwelling

  • Over three quarters of respondents are content to stay in their current dwelling over the next 5-10 years

Attitudes to Housing Development

  • Over three quarters of respondents think traditional style building is important
  • Only just over 10% of respondents are in favour of South Northants Homes’ plans for Astrop Grange
  • Despite only 15 households reporting a member having to move because local housing was too expensive, over half of respondents want to see more “affordable” (ie, social) housing in King’s Sutton
  • The majority of respondents are in favour of the conversion of redundant building for housing, while just over 35% are happy to see infilling with 1-4 houses. Just over a quarter would find expansion on the edge of the village acceptable.

Attitudes to Economic Development

  • Almost half of respondents would welcome small scale enterprises in King’s Sutton
  • Nearly 60% of respondents would like to see local apprenticeship schemes
  • Nearly half of respondents would be against the promotion of King’s Sutton as a tourist destination. (Lees than one third would be in favour.)

Attitudes to Education

  • Around 90% of respondents regard the pre-primary and primary schools in King’s Sutton as important local assets
  • Nearly a third of respondents’ children attend pre-school education outside the village
  • Around a quarter of respondents’ with pre-school children intend sending them to a primary school outside the village

Medical Matters

  • The majority of respondents are registered with a surgery in Banbury
  • Only around 5% of respondents attend the surgery at King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
  • Over 70% of respondents attending a surgery outside of King’s Sutton say it’s because they are happy with their current surgery
  • Three quarters of respondents never have any difficulty getting to their chosen surgery

Respondents’ Use of Local Amenities

  • Nearly 60% of respondents use the rights of way around King’s Sutton at least once per month
  • Around 80% of respondents use the village Post Office at least once per month
  • Nearly 50% of respondents use other shops in the village at least once a week
  • Over half of respondents visit the pubs in the village rarely or not at all
  • Only a handful of respondents are involved in sports at the Playing Fields
  • Over one third of respondents use the train services at King’s Sutton at least once per month
  • Nearly 70% of respondents never use the King’s Sutton bus services
  • Nearly 60% of respondents think they will make more use of King’s Sutton’s public transport services in the next 5-10 years

Respondents’ Attitudes to Road Traffic and Parking Issues

  • Around three quarters of respondents view parking in King’s Sutton as a problem
  • Around three quarters of respondents view speeding in King’s Sutton as a problem
  • Over three quarters of respondents are not bothered by traffic noise from the M40 motorway

Respondents’ Attitudes to Dogs

  • Over 70% of respondents regard dog fouling as a problem in King’s Sutton
  • Over 60% of respondents think dogs should always be kept on a lead in the village
  • Only just over one third of respondents think dogs should be banned outright from open spaces in the village

Respondents’ Views of the Parish Council’s Performance

  • Around half of respondents are unhappy with the parish council’s provision of facilities for teenagers in King’s Sutton
  • Around 70% of respondents think the Parish Council makes a good job of communicating with King’s Sutton residents
  • Around 80% of respondents think the Parish Council does a good job picking up litter and keeping King’s Sutton tidy
  • Two thirds of respondents think the Parish Council provides adequate footpath lighting in King’s Sutton
  • 90% of respondents are happy with the Parish Council’s provision of grass cutting in King’s Sutton

Respondents’ Views of the Performance of Other Local Authorities

  • Around half of respondents are unhappy with the local planning authority’s performance
  • 70% of respondents are satisfied with the local authority’s street cleaning performance
  • Over 80% of respondents think Northamptonshire Highways makes a poor job of road maintenance in King’s Sutton
  • Over 90% of respondents are happy with South Northamptonshire Council’s refuse disposal and recycling services

Respondents’ Views of the Performance of Northamptonshire Police

  • Despite relatively low levels of crime, less than a quarter of respondents think the police presence in King’s Sutton is adequate
  • Over 40% of respondents think the police force does not communicate effectively with local residents

Respondents’ Views of the Performance of Their Services & Utilities

  • Over 90% of respondents are happy with Royal Mail’s services in the village
  • Over 80% of respondents are satisfied with Anglian Water’s provision of fresh water in King’s Sutton
  • Over half of respondents are satisfied with Thames Water’s provision of sewerage services in King’s Sutton
  • Over 60% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with telephone and broadband services from BT’s Adderbury exchange. However, since Superfast broadband was introduced soon after the survey closed, opinions may well be different now.
  • Nearly half of respondents are unhappy with mobile voice and data coverage in King’s Sutton

What single change would you make to the village to make it a better place to live?

  • Nearly 60% of respondents answered this open-ended question with a number of suggested improvements recurring:
  • Restriction of further new development
  • Better control over parking
  • Improvement to pubic transport
  • Better controls to prevent speeding including a possible one way system for parts of the village
  • Better broadband provision. (The survey was conducted before Superfast Broadband became available.)
  • More shop, takeaway and coffee shop facilities
  • More affordable housing
  • Stricter controls to prevent dog fouling
  • More social activities
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