WONSTON PARISH PLAN

for

EGYPT, HUNTON, NORTON, STOKE CHARITY

SUTTON SCOTNEY AND WONSTON

 

2015-2020

 

 

  ‘SHAPING OUR FUTURE’

                                                                                   

 

INTRODUCTION

What is a Parish Plan?

 

In 2006, a White Paper on Local Government expressed an aim of ‘Giving local people and local communities more influence and power to improve lives’. This aim materialised in the form of a Parish Plan which, for Wonston Parish, is a document setting out how we, the residents, want to see the local community evolve over the next five years. 

 

The contents of our Plan are an amalgam of what the community has fed in via various inputs, not least the comprehensive questionnaire which gave the opportunity for every household to have their say. 

 

Importantly, the Parish Plan has the potential to provide influence and it identifies a number of actions to be taken to try and achieve how the community’s vision for the future can be realised.

 

The Plan is a living document and will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Parish Council to ensure that actions identified continue to be taken forward and implemented.

 

 

How has the Parish Plan been produced?

The Parish Council has overall responsibility for the Plan, but the essential nature of a Parish Plan is that it is produced by a Steering Group of volunteers from the community, including involvement by a member of the Parish Council.  The Plan was launched at the Annual Parish Assembly in May 2012 with the assistance of Steve Lincoln, Community Planning Manager, Winchester City Council.  Thereafter, canvassing of people took place at various events around the Parish.  The process was considerably protracted as a result of the leading member having to withdraw for family reasons, which resulted in a period of inactivity.  However, once restarted, the process regained momentum, with enthusiastic participation by the Steering Group.  This resulted in production of the questionnaire, with households being urged to complete it online, though hard copies were made available, courtesy of the Dever Stores in Sutton Scotney.  A total of 188 responses were received,a return rate of 31%. Once the results had been analysed, the Plan was then constructed.  After a number of alterations, the Plan was finally issued in September 2014. 

 

 

PARISH OVERVIEW

 

Ordnance Survey map of Wonston Parish

 

 

Description of Wonston Parish

The Parish of Wonston lies 5 miles north of the centre of Winchester and consists of the villages of Sutton Scotney, Wonston, Hunton, Stoke Charity and Norton.  Although historically designated as Wonston Parish, some two thirds of the Parish population live in its next-door neighbour village of Sutton Scotney.

 

The Parish covers an area of 5,493 acres, of which 8 are covered by water. The River Dever runs through the villages of Stoke Charity, Hunton, Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Norton. The greater part of the land is included in the northern slope of the high ridge of downland which rises north-west of Winchester and slopes down towards the north to the tributary of the Test as it runs a generally north-western course through the centre of Wonston Parish. The Parish boundaries from east to west narrow near the river, which is where the village of Wonston is situated, west of which is the larger and more significant village of Sutton Scotney.

 

Sutton Scotney. This is an old village, extended in modern times, at the point where the old Winchester to Oxford and London to Salisbury roads met. Not only has the village been bypassed by the A34 but the railway which ran from Didcot to Winchester has long since been closed. One of the main features of the village is Sutton Manor, home for elderly people, also Naomi House and Jack’s Place, a hospice for children and young adults. Other significant features of the village are the Victoria Diamond Jubilee Institute, opened in 1897, the Dever Stores which has a Post Office, the Coach and Horses Inn, and the Gratton recreation ground which was purchased from the Rank Foundation in 2013 and is leased to the Gratton Trust.

 

North of Sutton Scotney are Cranborne and Norton Farms, the centres of the original manors of Cranborne and Norton, the lands of which stretch away in a long narrow piece of land of about two miles of open field and downland to a dark clump of woodland which covers the north-east corner of the Parish. This joins the south-eastern edge of the Freefolk Woods as they run west and form the northern boundary of the Parish.

Two roads from Winchester lead to Wonston; one the road through the Worthies and Stoke Charity which approaches Wonston from the east; the other, the Roman road to Andover, which runs north-west from the city then close past the west end of South Wonston up to Sutton Scotney. Leaving Sutton Scotney at the south end of the village and turning east, the road leads to the village of Wonston.

 

Wonston.  There used to be a set of stocks on ‘The Green’ but the village still has many old buildings, including The Old House - the former rectory to the church - which is mediaeval and the oldest parts date back to the late Fourteenth Century. There are also thatched cottages of 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century origin. Holy Trinity, a typical mediaeval church, has had a chequered history, having been twice ravaged by fire, first in 1714 and again in 1908. Another building of historical interest, but no longer in being, was a factory built by Vickers in the Second World War for assembling and storing aircraft parts. The Wonston Arms public house continues to provide a key amenity for the local community. Continuing east from Wonston, the road leads to the village of Stoke Charity.

 

Stoke Charity. The most notable feature of this village is the Norman church of St Mary and St Michael, included in Simon Jenkins’ book of ‘1,000 Best English Churches’, and also described by John Betjeman as ‘gem-like’. Besides cottages dating back to the 16th and 17th Centuries, the principal building is the 16th Century Michaelmas House, which was probably originally the Manor Farm. Close by is the River Dever with a lake, formerly watercress beds and, before that, the manor’s fishponds. Leaving the lake to the right, the road bends round to the left past active watercress beds and into Hunton. This hamlet is dominated by Hunton Manor, built in the 18th Century, below which is a cluster of pretty thatched cottages. There is also the tiny church of St James, nestling in a meadow alongside the River Dever and first referred to in 1291.

For the remaining part of the Parish, if one sets off from the north end of Sutton Scotney over the road bridge across the River Dever, this area is called Egypt, probably because it was frequented by gypsy travellers. Continuing in a north-easterly direction for about three-quarters of a mile, the road comes to Cranbourne and a little further up the road is the entrance to Norton Park Hotel.

 

Norton. The principal building in this hamlet is the Manor House, mainly of early 18th Century origin, which was in private ownership by families such as Bond (of Basildon Bond stationery) and Tate (of Tate and Lyle) until 1999 when it was converted into a country house hotel.

 

The soil of the whole Parish is loam with a subsoil of chalk, and the chief crops grown on the 3,964¾ acres of arable land are wheat, barley, oats, and turnips. Although the Parish is generally speaking well wooded, there is very little woodland, only 148½ acres, and that mostly in the north-east corner, while 1,003½ acres are given up to pasture land. Farming is therefore a prime activity throughout Wonston Parish. However, it is worth adding that there are some 82 businesses currently trading in Sutton Scotney alone, despite the Parish being essentially rural.

 

 

The Parish Population

The population of the Parish changed significantly during the period of the past two official censuses of 2001 and 2011.

 

Population mix in the Parish

2011 Census

2001 Census

% Change

All Residents

1446

1283

+12.7

Under 16

  274

  259

+  5.8

16-24

  128

   87

+21.9

25-59

  678

  630

+  7.6

60+

  366

  307

+19.2

 

The Census shows that, whilst the overall number of residents in the Parish grew by 12.7% between 2001 and 2011, the number of those aged over 60 grew by just under 20%.  The trend has been clearly upwards and may have continued between 2011 and 2014.  In any case, there are material implications for such services as medical and care facilities, community transport requirements and leisure requirements.

 

 

THE PARISH PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE

 

How we have used the information provided by you in the questionnaire

 

In order not to over-complicate this document, it was decided that the best way to proceed was to use the format:

 

‘What’s the issue?’

‘What’s the desired outcome?’ 

‘How will the issue be addressed?’

 

For ease of reference, we have followed the order of sequence of the questionnaire (see Annex A)

 

 

THE ISSUE

THE DESIRED OUTCOME

HOW WILL THE ISSUE BE ADDRESSED

HOUSING

 

 

 

(Q10)  People in need of alternative accommodation

3% indicated that they were in need.  For those unable to move, 71% gave their reason as the price of home to buy.

Affordable properties for those people wishing to purchase.

Affordable homes are planned for Old Station Yard, otherwise no further developments within the Parish are planned for the foreseeable future, despite 82% of respondents (Q13) wishing to remain in the Parish.

(Q14/15)  Further housing development in the Parish  48% of respondents supported further development in the Parish in principle.  However, 72% of those who did not support development in principle were in favour of supporting housing development if it were restricted to the needs of local people only.

 

Development of housing, which could be afforded by local people.

Wonston Parish Council will consider further sites for  affordable housing development within the Parish.


 

SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY LIFE

 

 

(Q18) The most important factors about living in Wonston Parish

The most important factor at 99% of respondents is being in the countryside, closely followed at 98% by quiet environment.  Good local facilities, community life and good road/rail connections were close behind.

Clearly being in the countryside and living in a quiet environment are extremely important factors.  Preservation of good local facilities, community life and good road/rail connections are also strong factors in why people live in Wonston Parish.

a.        Being in the countryside and living in a quiet environment.  Winchester City Council’s Local Development Plan does not pose a threat to the Countryside.  However, development of Micheldever New Town, if it were ever to happen would have a radical effect on the countryside with the Parish.  It would be up to Wonston Parish Council to take Parishioners views into account were a planning application to be made.

 

b.        Good local facilities.  The maintenance of these depends on usage by Parishioners.  However, from time to time, Wonston Parish Council will remind people to make regular use of local facilities via such means as the West Dever News.

 

c.         Community Life.  This is partly dependent on Parishioners interacting but also on the provision of such things as good recreational facilities and activities.  These are addressed under subsequent questions.

 

d.        Good road/rail connections.  At present these are satisfactory but Wonston Parish Council will undertake to try and ensure that these are maintained.


 

(Q19) Social and Sports facilities in the Parish 

Views on the facilities were sought with respect to age groups.  For those between 0-10 years, 24% of respondents considered the facilities ‘Very Good’ or ‘Good’, with approximately 28% considering them to be ‘Adequate”.  The lowest scores were for ages 11 – 19 where the facilities rated as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Good’ averaged only 7.5% with ‘Adequate’ at 12%.  thereafter the percentages rose, though none achieved 50% through a combination of ‘Very Good’, ‘Good’ and ‘Adequate’.

 

The results from the questionnaire indicate that the needs of the age group 11 -19 are the highest priority, though the results also demonstrate that attention needs to be paid to all age groups, with a long term plan being required.

Wonston Parish Council, in conjunction with The Gratton Trust, will undertake a needs analysis of Social and Sports facilities in the Parish.

(Q20) The quality of current community facilities in the Parish  Overall the quality of these facilities was deemed satisfactory if ‘Very Good’, ‘Good’ and ‘Adequate’ are taken together.  The one exception was the Gratton Play Park, where 22% of respondents considered the facility to be ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor’.

 

Clearly there is a wish to have good quality community facilities wherever possible and this is acknowledged by Wonston Parish Council, the Victoria Hall Trust and the Gratton Trust.

The Gratton Trust is currently undertaking a major upgrade of the facilities on the Gratton Playing Fields.  Other improvements will as always be subject to availability of funds.


 

THE GRATTON

 

 

(Q21)  The Gratton  The results from the questionnaire demonstrated that people considered a wide range of activities and equipment to be ‘Very important’ or ‘Important’ and that the Gratton is seen as a valuable asset to the community

Provision of activities and equipment indicated via the questionnaire.  Two very popular items are seating and picnic tables.

Besides the major upgrade already being undertaken by the Gratton Trust, the Trustees will have an early look into providing the relatively low cost seating and picnic tables.

(Q22) Suggestions for improving or making better use of the Gratton  Respondents were asked to provide suggestions and this resulted in 44 being made

Provision of what respondents have suggested where these are feasible, widely sought and affordable

The Trustees of the Gratton Trust will examine the list of suggestions and incorporate those selected into their Business Plan.

(Q23)  Active support to the Gratton  Respondents were asked whether they would be willing to:

·         Help raise funds for the Gratton.  74% said they would be willing.

·         Join a User Group to help determine how the Gratton develops.  30% said they would be willing.

·         Organise events that are held at the Gratton.  49% said they would be willing.

The desired outcome is that those who indicated a willingness to give active support to the Gratton would do so in practice.  Also that the Gratton Trust would try to accommodate such an encouraging number of volunteers.

The Trustees of the Gratton Trust will make contact with the volunteers to add them to their database and make use of their services in due course.


 

THE VICTORIA HALL

 

 

(Q24)  The Victoria Hall  Parishioners were asked to rate a number of facilities at the Victoria Hall.

Top priority was provision of an outside notice board of future events, followed by provision of a fridge, installation of a modern kitchen with cooking facilities, then sound and lighting equipment, followed closely by car park lighting.

The Victoria Hall Committee will consider the outcome of the questionnaire and make decisions on which facilities to fund.

(Q25)  Suggestions for improving or making better use of the Victoria Hall  Respondents were asked to provide suggestions and this resulted in 22 being made.

Provision of what respondents have suggested where these are feasible, widely sought and affordable.

The Victoria Hall Committee will examine the list of suggestions and incorporate those selected into their forward plan.

(Q26)  Active support to the Victoria Hall  Respondents were asked whether they would be willing to:

·         Help raise funds for the Victoria Hall. 72% said they would be willing.

·         Help organise events that are held at the Victoria Hall. 44% said they would be willing.

·         Join a User Group to help determine how the Victoria Hall develops. 38% said they would be willing.

 

The desired outcome is that those who indicated a willingness to give active support to the Victoria Hall would do so in practice.  Also that the Victoria Hall Committee would try and accommodate such an encouraging number of volunteers.

The Victoria Hall Committee will make contact with the volunteers to make use of their services in due course.

(Q28)  Activities and facilities in the Parish  People were asked which they would attend if they were available, depending on how important they considered them to be.  The most popular choices were Cinema Club (56%), Community Café (50%), Crafts/design/sewing workshops (48%), and Youth Club (42%).  Other popular choices were Photography Club (38%), Computers for over 50’s (37%), and Adult Drama Group (35%).  The remaining three were WI (27%), Internet Café (24%) and Chess Club (13%)  A number of other suggestions were also made by respondents.

Implementation of desired activities and facilities where these are feasible, sufficiently supported, attract sufficient volunteers to help where required, and able to recruit an appropriate person to run the activity or facility.

These will be subject to an initial discussion between Wonston Parish Council, the Gratton Trust and the Victoria Hall Committee, leading to the potential setting up of activities and facilities for Parishioners.

(Q29)  Respondents were asked if they would be interested in helping to run any of the activities and facilities listed in Question 28.  This resulted in 14 people expressing an interest.

The desired outcome is that those who have expressed an interest would do so in practice and that these activities and facilities will be initiated.

See Q28 above

(Q30)  People were asked to suggest other groups or activities they would like to see happening.  There were 19 respondents with suggestions as follows:  sports for all such as a toddler and baby exercise group, a running club, yoga or tai-chi; bridge; tea dances; athletic clubs for 11 – 15 year olds; book club; Zen group; over 50s keep fit; playgroups for under school age children; table tennis; Scrabble; walks available on weekends; youth club 14+, maybe incorporated with the cinema club occasionally; tenants association;Parish to buy and lease the Taylor’s building for a community centre/café/shop etc; church activities such as Messy Church; cricket team and matches; tennis club; judo; kids cycling club.

Implementation of the suggestions where feasible, practicable and affordable.

See Q28 above


 

(Q31) Sources of information about events taking place in the Parish 

 


 

LOCAL FACILITIES

 

(Q32)

 


 

(Q33)  The importance of local shops and services 

 

  

 

The desired outcome is to try and ensure that the local shops and services considered to be ‘very important’ or ‘important’ are maintained. (Of particular interest are the Dever Stores/Post Office and the Gratton Surgery/Pharmacy).

 

Wonston Parish Council will from time to time publicise the importance of using local shops and services in order to try and ensure their long-term continuation.

 

(Q34)  Services used at the Post Office.  98% of respondents use the postal services, while 43% do personal banking.  4% use the Post Office for pensions.

 

The Post Office within the Dever Stores performs an important role within the Parish and it is therefore important to retain it.

See Question 33 above


 

TRAFFIC AND PARKING

 

 

(Q35)  Concerns over volume of traffic on the roads. 5% of respondents said they were ‘very concerned’ while 20% said they were ‘concerned’.  There were 70 additional comments, though 12 of these referred to speed only rather than volume.

An acceptable volume of traffic on roads within the Parish where this is feasible.

Wonston Parish Council will examine the comments made about volume of traffic to see what can be done.  They will also consider the comments on speeding under Question 38.

(Q36)  Adequacy of parking for residents in the village.  35% of respondents considered parking to be ‘inadequate’, while 65% considered parking to be ‘adequate’ or ‘more than adequate’.  There were 33 additional comments about parking for residents in the village.

Sufficiency of parking for the residents in the village.

Wonston Parish Council will examine the comments made about parking to see what can be done.

(Q37)  Adequacy of parking in public areas within the village.  52% of respondents considered parking to be ‘inadequate’ while 48% considered parking to be ‘adequate’ or ‘more than adequate’.  There were 53 additional comments about parking in public areas, almost all of which referred either to the Dever Stores area of the parking available at the Gratton Surgery.

Sufficiency of parking in public areas within the village

Wonston Parish Council will examine the comments made about parking to see what can be done.

(Q38)  Judgement on speed limits.  59% of respondents considered the speed limits to be OK as they are, 39% thought they should be lower, while 2% thought they should be higher.  There were 65 additional comments, many of which proposed a 20mph limit in certain areas and also the need to adhere to the speed limits set.

Speed limits appropriate to their location which residents would view as sensible and safe.

Wonston Parish Council will engage Hampshire County Council to review speed limits throughout the Parish, taking into consideration the comments made by respondents.


 

STREET LIGHTING

 

 

(Q39)  Adequacy of street lighting.  There were equal percentages of those for more or less street lighting (13%), and 74% indicating ‘no change’.

Achievement of street lighting to satisfy the majority view

Because the vast majority wish to see no change, and there is an even split between those who wish to see more lighting and those who wish to see less, the desired outcome is considered to be for no change overall.

(Q40)  Location of more or less street lighting.  There were 38 comments, some of which recommended turning street lighting off at a certain time and several which referred to a need for lighting in the Victoria Hall car park (this has now been done).

Achievement of street lighting to satisfy the majority view.

Wonston Parish Council will examine the comments to determine the feasibility and desirability of implementing suggestions made.


 

TRANSPORT

 

 

(Q41)  Use of the local bus service.  Rather than cite percentages, pure numbers have been used in relation to those using the local bus service.  9 people use the bus daily, 10 weekly and 14 monthly, while 43 rarely, and 95 never, use the bus service.

That there is a continuation of the local bus service for those who either need, or wish to use it.

Wonston Parish Council will monitor bus usage from time to time.

(Q42)  Reasons for not using the local bus service.  Besides the vast majority who preferred to use their car, a further 5 reasons were cited.  There were 16 comments, 4 of which related to disability.

 

 

(Q43)  Likelihood of using the bus if the reason for not using it was resolved.  Respondents answered as follows:  ‘extremely likely’ 9%, ‘quite likely’ 18%, ‘moderately likely’ 16%, ‘slightly likely’ 22%, ‘not at all likely’ 34%.

Additional use of the local bus service by as many people as possible.

Wonston Parish Council will review the current bus service in conjunction with comments made, with a view to determining whether to approach the bus company with proposals.

(Q44)  Car share/shuttle scheme operating at peak hours.  People were asked what interest there might be in a car share/shuttle scheme either to/from Micheldever or to/from Winchester.  For the former there were 20 people who expressed an interest and for the latter 16.

The setting up of a car share/shuttle scheme to/from Micheldever and Winchester.

Wonston Parish Council will seek nominees from those who have expressed an interest to take the scheme forward.

(Q45)  Other transport concerns or suggestions.  There were 28 responses containing a broad range of concerns and suggestions.

Satisfactorily addressing concerns, together with implementation of suggestions where feasible, practicable and affordable.

Wonston Parish Council will review the list of concerns and suggestions with a view to determining their feasibility and desirability.


 

FOOTPATHS AND BRIDLEWAYS

 

 

(Q46)  Frequency of use of local footpaths and bridleways.  90% of respondents use footpaths on a daily or weekly basis.  For walking or dog walking on bridleways, the figure is 76%, for horse riding 24%.  A further 22% use bridleways on a daily or weekly basis for cycling.

The high usage of footpaths and bridleways is indicative of the importance of ensuring both their retention and upkeep.

Wonston Parish Council will retain close links with Hampshire County Council to ensure proper upkeep of footpaths and bridleways.

(Q47)  Concerns associated with open spaces.  The principal concern is litter, with 80% of respondents either ‘very concerned’ or ‘concerned’.  Next is dog fouling – for the Gratton the figure was 74% and elsewhere 71%.  Next was maintenance of hedgerows at 66%, maintenance of pavements 53%, vandalism 49%, and anti-social behaviour 50%.  There were 47 additional comments, the majority of which related to litter and dog fouling.

Satisfactory addressing of people’s concerns where feasible.

Wonston Parish Council will retain close links with Hampshire County Council to ensure proper upkeep of hedgerows and pavements.  Also with HCC and Winchester City Council concerning grass verges and certain green areas.  Wonston Parish Council will review its litter picking scheme, including seeking volunteers for all villages within the Parish and will also review the current anti-dog fouling measures.  In terms of vandalism, Wonston Parish Council will investigate specific incidences, liaising with the Police and Community Support Officers where required.


 

DRAINAGE AND GAS

 

 

(Q48)  Concerns over surface water and road drainage.  78% of respondents were either ‘very concerned’ or ‘concerned’.  An additional 69 comments were made, with particular reference to the recent flooding in Sutton Scotney, though there are also concerns over surface water in various parts of the Parish.

Adequate measures to be taken to prevent a recurrence of the flooding in Sutton Scotney and also measures to ensure rapid dispersal of surface water on roads following sustained rainfall.

Wonston Parish Council will continue working in conjunction with Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and the Environment Agency to implement flood alleviation measures in Sutton Scotney.  Additionally, Wonston Parish Council will continue to work closely with Hampshire County Council to tackle known areas where surface water lies on roads.

(Q49)  Acquisition of mains drainage in the Parish.  59% of respondents considered acquisition of mains drainage to be ‘very important’ or ‘important’, while 35% considered it ‘unimportant’ or ‘very unimportant’.

Taking the majority view, the acquisition of mains drainage.

Wonston Parish Council will undertake a more detailed exploration of mains drainage for the Parish.  This will be initially limited to Sutton Scotney and Wonston.

(Q50)  Acquisition of mains gas in the Parish.  51% of respondents considered acquisition of mains gas to be ‘very important’ or ‘important’, while 42% considered it ‘unimportant’ or ‘very unimportant’.

Ideally acquisition of mains gas for those who would like it, though many do not see it as an important development.

Wonston Parish Council will undertake a more detailed exploration of mains gas for the Parish.  This will be initially limited to Sutton Scotney and Wonston.


 

ONLINE/WEB/TECHNOLOGY

 

 

(Q51)  Development of online services.  The most popular potential development was an email newsletter promoting events and news in the Parish, with 72% of respondents considering it to be ‘very important’ or ‘important’.  Next was an enhanced Parish/area website at 55%, followed by more online resources for young people at 42%, and finally an online community forum/ideas exchange at 35%.

Overall more online services but, initially, an email newsletter promoting events and news in the Parish.

Wonston Parish Council will liaise with the Editor of the West Dever News to explore the feasibility of an online version of the magazine, which, in many ways, already promotes events and news in the Parish.

(Q52)  Access to a computer at home with an internet connection.  96% of respondents have access, and only 4% do not.

 

 

(Q53)  Internet connection use.  62% of respondents use their internet connection equally for work and leisure, 32% primarily for leisure, and 6% primarily for work.

 

 

(Q54)  Speed and reliability of internet connections.  In terms of reliability, 44% of respondents considered it ‘very good’ or ‘good’ while a further 33% considered it ‘adequate’.  22% considered it ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.  Speed- wise, 25% considered it ‘very good’ or ‘good’, while a further 31% considered it ‘adequate’.  44% considered it ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

 

 

(Q55) The importance of a faster, more reliable broadband connection.  For a more reliable connection, 85% of respondents considered it ‘very important’ or ‘important’.  For a faster connection, 89% considered it ‘very important’ or ‘important’.

Provision of a faster, more reliable broadband connection.

Wonston Parish Council will monitor delivery of Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Project being rolled out by BT and Virgin, which will extend the coverage to 90% by the end of 2015, and at least 95% by the end of 2017.  Some of the Parish will be upgraded during 2015, whereas other parts are being investigated as part of the programme to reach at least 95% by the end of 2017.

(Q56)  Other suggestions for online resources in the area.  There were 9 suggestions relating to online resources.

Implementation of suggestions where feasible.

Wonston Parish Council will consider the suggestions with a view to passing on those selected to the Superfast Broadband Project Team.


 

FINALLY

 

 

(Q57)  Volunteers to help in the event of a major incident.  89% of respondents indicated a willingness to help.

Volunteers to be included in the Community Emergency Plan.

Wonston Parish Council will extract names and add them to the Community Emergency Plan.

(Q58)  Changing or implementing one thing which would make the Parish a better place to live in.  There were 88 suggestions, the majority of which have already featured in previous sections.

Implementation of suggestions where feasible, realistic, practicable and affordable.  The one suggestion which even Wonston Parish Council could not implement is ‘Moving the Parish to Devon’!

Wonston Parish Council will consider the suggestions with a view to determining their feasibility, desirability and affordability.

 

 

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

 

 

ACTION

RESPONSIBILITY

1

Affordable homes at Old Station Yard

Developer?

2

Consider further sites for affordable housing development within the Parish

WPC

3

Take Parishioners views of Micheldever New Town into account should a planning application be made

WPC

4

Remind people to make regular use of local facilities via such means as the West Dever News

WPC

5

Ensure that good road/rail connections are maintained

WPC

6

Undertake a needs analysis of Social and Sports facilities in the Parish

WPC/Gratton Trust

7

Major upgrade of the facilities on the Gratton Playing Fields

Gratton Trust

8

Provide seating and picnic tables at the Gratton

Gratton Trust

9

Make contact with volunteers to add them to their database and make use of their services

Gratton Trust/ Victoria Hall Committee

10

Consider the outcome of the Questionnaire and make decisions on which facilities to fund

Victoria Hall Committee

11

Set up activities and facilities for Parishioners

WPC / Gratton Trust / Victoria Hall Committee

12

Publicise the importance of using local shops and services in order to try and ensure their long-term continuation

WPC

13

Examine the comments made about volume of traffic and parking

WPC

14

Review speed limits throughout the Parish

WPC / HCC

15

Determine the feasibility and desirability of implementing suggestions made about street lighting

WPC

16

Review the current bus service with a view to determining whether to approach the bus company with proposals

WPC / HCC

17

Monitor bus usage

WPC

18

Monitor interest in a car share / shuttle scheme

WPC

19

Review the list of concerns about transport

WPC

20

Ensure proper upkeep of footpaths, bridleways, hedgerows and pavements

WPC / HCC

21

Review the list of concerns about grass verges and certain green areas

WPC / HCC / WCC

22

Review the current anti-dog fouling measures

WPC

23

Investigate specific incidences of vandalism

WPC / Police

24

Implement flood alleviation measures in Sutton Scotney

WPC / HCC / WCC / Environment Agency

25

Tackle known areas where surface water lies on roads

WPC / HCC

26

Exploration of mains drainage for the Parish

WPC

27

Exploration of mains gas for the Parish

WPC

28

Explore the feasibility of an online version of the West Dever News

WPC

29

Delivery of Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Project

HCC

30

Consider the suggestions for online resources

WPC

31

Add volunteers to the Community Emergency Plan

WPC

32

Consider the suggestions for changes

WPC