Little Thetford : Residents' Survey

Background to the report
This report presents the findings of the resident's survey conducted to inform the development of Little Thetford's Parish Plan.

The questionnaire was developed by the Parish Plan steering group who also delivered and collected the questionnaires.

The Parish Plan steering group commissioned an independent research company, Community Consultants, to collate and analyse the findings and to write this report. Any interpretation in this report represents the views of the independent company.

Little Thetford Parish Plan
Summary of Main Findings
This short summary presents the main findings of a survey conducted to inform the development of Little Thetford Parish Plan for selected questions. It is based on replies from 320 individuals in 169 households in the village.

In general, residents seem happy with life in Little Thetford and have few serious complaints. The two main concerns were dog fouling and access on to the A10. The vast majority of residents valued the rural setting of the village. The Little Thetford Newsletter is read by almost all respondents who generally find it useful.

Crime and public safety: One third of respondents (37%) consider crime and safety to be a problem with the main concerns being vehicle speeding (35%) and burglary (21%). Just over half the sample (53%) thought there should be a more active police presence and 33% would like to join a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Environmental concerns: By far the main concern was dog fouling (63%). Other concerns were traffic (25% concerned) and litter (23%). 39% of respondents thought there should be a twice yearly Spring Clean day. 30% of respondents thought there should be more litter bins and more dog bins. The vast majority of respondents thought street lighting adequate.

When asked which of a number of environmental measures they would support, 77% would support more recycling, 62% energy saving in the home, 62% solar panels on private houses and 58% the co-operative purchasing of oil.

Drainage: A quarter of residents thought the drainage of surface water needed improving, particularly by the slip road from the A10 into the village and on Holt Fen.

Natural environment: The natural environment was very important to residents (87% rated this as important). The majority of respondents (82%) were aware of the conservation area and 80% would support extending this. 30% said they would be prepared to make a practical; contribution to conservation. There was support for better signage of footpaths (44% not well signed) and 71% would like to see walk leaflets or maps.

Traffic problems: Access on to the A10 and speeding traffic thought the village were the main issues. 78% thought access on to the A10 was a problem. 46% would like to see a roundabout, 28% peak time traffic lights and 15% all-time traffic lights. Half the sample (51%) thought traffic speed through in and around the village was a problem with 65% wanting to see a 20 mph speed limit, 38% flashing speed warning signs, 35% road markings and 22% additional signs.

Roads, pavements and cycle paths: The majority of respondents thought the condition of roads and pavements good or adequate but 20% thought the condition of the cycle path to Ely was poor. Respondents who cycled or wished to cycle would like to see the cycle path to Ely improved and/or extended.

Car and bus use: The majority of respondents (89%) have access to a car. A total of 43% of respondents never use a bus with 5% using a bus daily and 6% once a week. 20% said they would use a bus more if it came into the village.

New developments: There was little support for further development, with 13% saying there was room for new dwellings within the development envelope. Only 10% would like to see any new dwellings outside the envelope. Just over a quarter of the sample (27%) would like to see areas for affordable housing.

Communication: The Little Thetford Newsletter was an important source of information. Almost all respondents (90%) said they read it with 94% of readers saying it was useful. The current bi-monthly format was the preferred frequency for two in three residents.

Working from home: Just under half the respondents (44%) thought faster broadband was needed to make it more feasible to work from home.

Dial-a-Ride and Social Car Schemes: Half the sample (49%) had heard of Dial-a-Ride rising to 73% of those aged 75 or over. 3% overall and 15% of those aged 75+ used Dial-a- Ride. A smaller proportion (21%) had heard of the Social Car Scheme with 3% having used it, rising to 9% of those aged 75 or over.

Support for young people: Half the respondents aged 18 or under would like a youth club but half would not. Just under half the young people (46%) would like to see a youth shelter but a similar proportion said they would not.

Residents' Survey Findings
This report presents the key findings from the Residents' Survey conducted to inform the development of the Little Thetford Parish Plan.

Questionnaires were distributed to every occupied property in the village (277) in March 2009. A total of 169 questionnaires were returned, a response rate of 61%.

The questionnaire allowed for completion by up to four members of a household. There was an additional section for completion by young people aged 11-18. Most, but not all, of the young people completing this section also completed the main questionnaire.

A total of 320 residents completed the main part of the questionnaire, of whom 292 were aged 18 or above. A total of 39 young people (two of whom were aged 18) completed questionnaires with 13 young people only completing the section for young people.

In this report, most questions relate to individuals and are based on 320 responses. Some questions relate to the household and are based on 169 responses.

In self completion questionnaires of this type, a significant proportion of respondents do not indicate a response to some questions. In our view this is usually because their answer is 'no' rather than that they do not have an opinion.

1. Profile of sample
1.1 Age and gender
Of the 169 respondent households, one in five were people living alone and almost half (46%) were two person households (Figure 1.1). The households that returned questionnaires included a total of 418 people.

Figure 1.1 Number of people in each household

Table 1.1 and Figure 1.2 show the approximate age profile of children in the village. A third of respondents (33%) had children in the household, with 7% having infants, 4% at pre-school, 13% at primary, 9% at secondary school and 1% at 6th form college.
Figure 1.2 Children in each household
Table 1.1 Children in the household - number of children by type of schooling
None One Two Three
Percentage of households with infants 93% 5% 1% 1%
Percentage of households with children in pre-school 92% 7% 1% -
Percentage of households with children in primary school 83% 8% 7% 2%
Percentage of households with children in secondary school 89% 7% 4% 1%
Percentage of households with children in 6th Form College 99% 1%
Percentage of households with children in 'other' (i.e. university) 99% 1%
Of those completing the questionnaire, 8% were aged 11-17, 3% 18-24, 59% between 25 and 59, 21% were aged 60-74 and 10% over 75 (Table 1.3).

Half the respondents were male (49%) and half women (51%).

Figure 1.3 Age profile of respondents
1.2 Employment
Half the sample were employees (50%) with a further 9% being self-employed (Figure 1.3). A quarter of respondents (23%) were retired and 7% were unwaged parents or carers. One respondent said they were unemployed.
Figure 1.4 Employment profile of respondents
Of those who are self-employed or in paid employment, 10% said they work in the village, 15% in Ely, 37% in Cambridge and 39% elsewhere (Figure 1.5).

On average women travelled less far to work than men with 12% of women working in the village and 25% in Ely.

Figure 1.5 Where residents work
1.3 Car share scheme
1.3 Car share scheme

A total of 7% of all respondents and 11% of those in employment (or self-employment) said they were interested in a car share scheme. However, only one person said they would be interested in helping run such a scheme.

1.4 Support needed to work at home

Just under half of all respondents (48%) ticked one of the items which might make it easier for them to work from home, with 44% citing faster broadband and 14% the availability of childcare and/or after school care. Two respondents made other suggestions (better mobile connection, larger houses).

2. Safety and crime
2.1 Crime and safety
Just over one in three respondents (37%) consider crime and safety to be a problem in the village with 57% saying it was not a problem and 6% not replying to the question. People aged 60-74 were the most likely to be concerned (48%).

Figure 2.1 shows the issue of most concern is vehicle speeding (35%) with one in five (21%) being concerned about theft or burglary and 10% about vandalism.

Figure 2.1 Concern about crime and safety in the village
2.2 Policing and neighbourhood watch
The survey asked for residents' opinions on the response of the police regarding a crime in Little Thetford in the last year and 10% of respondents gave an opinion. Views on the police response were mixed with a total of 4% thinking the response was good, 2% that is was reasonable and 4% that it was poor. Just over half the sample 52% said they had no contact and 38% did not reply.

Just over half the sample (53%) thought the police presence in Little Thetford should be more active but 38% thought it should not. People aged 60-74 were the most likely to think the police presence should be more active (70%).

Views on joining a neighbourhood watch were mixed (and one respondent commented that they thought they already belonged to one).

• 33% would like to join a neighbourhood watch (rising to 48% of those aged 60-74)

• 29% would not like to join

• 29% had no opinion

• 9% did not reply

A total of 13% of respondents said they would be prepared to help with a neighbourhood watch scheme.

3 The environment
3.1 Environmental concerns
Overall, 12% of respondents said there were no environmental problems and 8% did not reply. However, dog fouling was of great concern mentioned by almost two in three respondents (63%; Figure 3.1). Other concerns were traffic (25%), and litter (23%). A total of 8% were concerned about flytipping, 7% about noise and 5% about street lighting.
Figure 3.1 Environmental concerns
Other issues mentioned were:
  • Bird scarer in field is very annoying
  • 4x4 off roading
  • Lighting bonfires during day causing problems if drying washing; litter in cemetery
  • Soil and debris dumped in Hereward garage area
  • Cat fouling on our front lawn and we don't have cats
  • Bonfires
  • Better maintenance of grounds such as raking up autumn leaves
  • Just some issues on parking/driving around school at start and finish
  • Quad bikes, skateboarding
  • Road markings (white lines) in centre of road need urgent attention; road gritting
  • Threat of travellers settling on farm land
  • Ball games in the street should be banned
  • Bushes and hedgerows overhanging from property boundaries
3.2 Environmental measures supported
When asked which of a list of environmental measure they would support (Figure 3.2), three quarters of respondents (77%) supported recycling, 62% solar panels on houses, 62% energy saving measures in the home and 58% co-operative purchasing of oil. Just under half the sample (46%) supported improving public transport into the village and one in three (33%) wind turbines on private houses. These was less support (22%) for an earlier switch off of street lighting A total of 2% said they supported none of the above and 7% did not reply to the question.

Generally people aged under 60 were more supportive of these measures than those aged 60 or over.

Figure 3.2 Environmental measures supported
The two 'other' suggestion were:

• wind turbine for village, allotments

• Thermal ponds in homes supported by the government

3.3 How village should be kept clean and tidy
Views on how the village should be kept clean and tidy were mixed with 39% supporting a twice yearly 'Spring Clean' day and 30% entering a best kept village competition. There was less support for putting up notices (19%). A total of 13% said none of these, 20% did not answer the question and 9% made other suggestions or comments.
Figure 3.3 How the village should be kept clean and tidy
The following suggestions or comments were made:
• The council should be doing this out of the Council tax! (3)

• More bins in Holt Fen

• Everyone should do this on a daily basis

• Reminder to village through newsletter that tidiness is everyone's responsibility

• Volunteer scheme for gardening for the old and ill

• Rather than enter just have a best front garden competition every year

• Catch the dog owner fouling paths on the way to school

• Prosecute untidy gardens/houses

• By people abiding the law and not leaving litter in the first place

• Funding from County Council and Parish

• More litter bins regularly emptied; educate people to have greater respect for, and pride in, their environment

• Encourage people to pick up papers/litter as they walk past it

• When litter gathers in street e.g. strong wind scattering dead leaves council should send in road sweepers

• Perhaps the bus stops could be cleaned regularly

• Fines for dropping litter

3.4 Provision of bins and street lighting
Respondents were asked to enter 1 if they thought the provision was adequate, 2 if they thought it inadequate and 3 if they had no opinion. A small number of respondents just ticked the question and this probably means 'adequate'.

A total of 30% of respondents thought the provision of litter bins to be inadequate, with a similar proportion (30%) thinking the number of dog bins inadequate.

Overall, 8% thought street lighting inadequate.

Figure 3.4 Opinion on the provision of bins and street lighting
The following comments or suggestions were made about bins:

• Need more bins

• Need more dog waste bins

• Need a bin on the sports field

• Red Fen Road have none

• need more of each

• dog bin near river

• dog bin needed at start of walk across football pitch

• Need warden, although there are two dog bins people don't use them and when kids walk a dog I doubt they pick up

• could do with another dog bin in the village

• Do we have any litter bins? One more dog waste bin

• The bins in use are broken

• More waste bins and dog waste bins would help litter

• need more of both bins to keep people using them, more will encourage cleaner village

• dog waste provision is adequate but people don't use them

• too much dog fouling on field and streets

• Litter near the park area

The following comments or suggestions were made about lighting:

• not enough lighting by park

• certain parts of Cowslip Drive very poorly lit between 19 and 29 no light at all very dark

• Poor lighting Holt Fen green area

• quite a few street lights are out and it is very dark at the river end of the village

3.5 Drainage
A quarter of respondents thought that drainage of surface water needed improving with 63% saying it did not and 12% not giving a response.

Figure 3.5 Opinion on the drainage of surface water

The following places were mentioned as having poor drainage:

• By entrance to village from A10 slip road (14 respondents)

• Holt Fen (10 people) with 2 of these respondents saying this was due to ditches being filled in

• Where Main Street meets Green Hill and Holt Fen (4 respondents) with a further 2 respondents saying Green Hill and a further two by Green Hill on the corner

• Watsons Lane (2 respondents)

• The Wyches (8 respondents) with three of these people saying this was where you enter The Wyches from Ely

• Ditches along the A10

• Drain near Green picnic seat and by bridge over drainage ditch on the green

3.6 Importance of preserving the natural environment

3.6 Importance of preserving the natural environment

Preserving the natural environment is of great importance to residents with 59% saying this was very important and 28% important. Few residents thought it unimportant with 6% saying this was of slight importance and 1% of no importance.

Figure 3.6 Importance of preserving the natural environment

3.7 Conservation area
The majority of respondents (82%) were aware of the conservation area in Little Thetford. A total of 13% were unaware of this and 5% did not reply.

There was considerable support (80%) for the extending the influence of the conservation area to include other areas of open space or environmentally sensitive areas in and around the village. Overall, 9% of respondents were against this with 11% not replying to the question.

Three in ten respondents (30%) said they would be prepared to make a practical contribution to conservation in the village. People aged 60-74 (41%) were slightly more likely than others to say they would do this.

4 Traffic, roads and transport
4.1 Traffic problems
The most serious traffic problems for residents were the A10 junction (78% agreeing this was a problem) and traffic speed with half the sample (51%) considering this to be a problem. On road parking was a problem for 24% of the sample and traffic noise for 6%.

Table 4.1 Traffic problems in and around the village

Other traffic problems mentioned are listed below:

• Cars parked around Green Hill; heavy goods lorries bad access for outgoing traffic - unable to see incoming traffic

• Inconsiderate parking around the school

• Turning in T junction in Cowslip Drive

• Blind spot up Cowslip Drive caused by garden extending to path with large plants (no4)

• Problem with plants causing blind spot in Cowslip drive has been reported but nothing done

• In New Close people park in lay bys intended as passing bays

• People coming from Ely come too fast and on the wrong side of road, white line down Wyches would help

• damage to roads and green belt by recycling lorries on Watsons Lane

• parking at school on corner making it hard to get out of Palisades Ct, did get better but now worse again

• Occasionally car and bikes going off road at speed where there are walkers, kids or dogs

• White line needed down Main Street

• parking around school at start and end of school day, cars parked on pavement

• cars parked on pathways

4.2 Speed control measures
There was considerable support for a 20 mph limit in the village (65%). About a third of respondents supported the introduction of flashing speed warning signs (38%) and a third road markings (35%). A total of 22% favoured additional signs.

Figure 4.2 Level of support for selected speed control measures

A total of 6% of respondents added they would like to see speed humps but 4% commented that they did not want speed humps. A total of 3% said they would like to see existing speed limits enforced.

4.3 A10 junction
The A10 junction was one of residents' main concerns about the village. Three quarters of respondents thought access to the A10 from the village was a problem. A total of 18% said it was not a problem and 7% did not reply.

Views were mixed on the best way to improve access, with 46% wanting to see a roundabout, 28% peak time traffic lights and 15% traffic lights at all times. A quarter of the sample did not reply (mainly people who did not think access was a problem).

Figure 4.3 Level of support for selected measure to improve access onto A10
A variety of other suggestions were made (see below) with a number of people suggesting a central island so you only needed to cross one lane at a time.

• central island on A10

• Pedestrian crossing

• Pedestrian crossing

• Islands

• Filter coming out of Little Thetford to Grunty Fen; can wait ages, traffic overtakes not knowing there is a right hand turn, accident

• refuge half way over to ease turning right

• 50mph limit half a mile each side of A10 junction

• island like at Milton so you can cross one lane at a time

• central island similar to that near The Slap Up other solutions are impractical

• reduction of speed limit

• realistically cost too high so driver education and patience is only realistic answer

• same system as at Denny End

• Improved central reservation

4.4 Condition of roads, pavements and bridleways
Roads: Half the respondents (49%) thought the condition of the roads was good, with 35% thinking it adequate (Figure 4.2). A very small number of respondents (1%) rated this poor.

Pavements: Residents were slightly less happy with the condition of the pavements with two in five respondents rating this good (40%) and 41% adequate. A total of 6% of residents, rising to 18% of those aged 75 or over, rated them poor.

Bridleways: A quarter of the sample (26%) rated the condition of bridleways as good, with 34% rating them adequate. A total of 7% rated them poor, but 30% did not express an opinion.

Footpaths: A quarter of the sample (27%) rated the condition of footpaths as good with 45% thinking them adequate. A total of 8% rated them poor.

Cyclepath A10 to Ely: Half the sample did not express an opinion on the cyclepath to Ely, but amongst those that did a significant proportion thought it poor. Respondents complained of it being uneven and dangerous with overhanging branches and being 'scary' cycling towards oncoming traffic. Overall, 12% of respondents rated the cyclepath as good, 18% as adequate and 20% poor.

Figure 4.5 Condition of roads, pavements and bridleways
Particular places where conditions are a problem are listed below (if all household members made the same comment they are only listed once). Many of these comments relate to the cyclepath.

• Overhanging hedges on cycle path to Ely - pushed cyclists close to road traffic

• Cycle paths alongside A10 is inadequate - poor surface and too narrow

• Paths are often muddy, cycle paths alongside A10 is inadequate - poor surface and too narrow

• could be wider and resurfaced

• Holt Fen. Short Drove/Burying Way/Watsons Lane bridleways kept neat by residents but churned by 4x4s

• Red Fen Road

• from A10 to roundabout

• Path beside A10 is in poor repair and too narrow for both pedestrians and cyclists. Also loads of litter

• A10 to station very poor for cycling

• Past back way to school is very wet. Often flooded

• Footpaths generally cracked, poor camber especially the Wyches

• New Close Road to the Wyches (pavements)

• road dangerous when icy at A10 junction, uneven pavements, unusable when wet

• A10-Ely

• No path to Tescos

• I did struggle walking to Stretham last year via Plantation Fm, footpath churned up by tractor, could not push the push chair and came home; also footpath to Ely walking with children into oncoming traffic; footpath outside church very slippery in icy weather

• too near the fast traffic along the A10 for less able cyclists

• need lowered kerb stones; Cowslip Drive promised in 2009-2010 budget. Overgrown privet by telephone box

• anywhere where a mobility scooter is unsafe or it is difficult to push a wheelchair

• A10 path is rough and poorly lit

• Cycle path to Ely is very poor

• Too close to road, bad surfacing

• Throughout village

• Watsons Lane

• If you mean on paved area - still a little bumpy and scary with all the traffic

• No cycle path A10 roundabout to station - should be

• Bridleways badly rutted by vehicles during bad weather

• complete cycle path very poor, bushes overgrown on foot and cycle path

• Holes plus not two way cycle plus traffic ends up too close to updraft from road

• Start of Burying Way dreadful with mud arising due to heavy tractors using it (and other vehicles). Also footpath across fields after football pitch - farmers do not always reinstate after ploughing

• Burying Way

• cycle path is too close to fast moving traffic, surface is very uneven

• Main road into Thetford

• Footpath from Holt Fen towards Ely

• along total length

• A10 footpath cycleway

• New Close Road

• From NCR to The Wyches footpath

• A10 to Ely

4.6 Improvements to encourage cycling
Respondents were asked what might encourage them to cycle more and 62% of respondents did not give a response and 5% said that nothing would make them cycle more. One in three respondents made a suggestion, the most popular being to improve the cycle path to Ely (13%) with a further 5% saying the cyclepath needed to be extended into Ely to Tesco's or the station. A further 2% said crossing the A10 needed to be made safer. A total of 7% said there needed to be more and better cycle paths generally with paths to Stretham and Cambridge being mentioned. Other respondents mentioned a better surface on the farmer's road, a path from Red Fen Road, round Grunty Fen, connecting to the cyclepath on the other side of the river, along Angel Drove and a 20mph speed limit in the village.
4.7 Access for disabled people or people with pushchairs
Three respondents (1%) said that roads caused them a problem because they had a difficulty with walking or used a pushchair.

Slightly more respondents (4%) said that pavements could be a problem for them and 2% said that using footpaths could be difficult.

Places causing difficulty are listed below:

• Behind the school

• Footpath between Main Street and Palisade Court can have garden growth sticking out though the Council seems to be cutting back the trees

• vehicles parked on pavements Holt Fen

• very wet, not sure what could be done though

• Poor camber causing walking difficulty

• should be checked where conifers have been cut

• pavements in front of some houses are gravel or grass

• Along Main Street between Watsons Lane and school due to very narrow pavements in some places + dog fouling

• overgrown bushes hinder access on the Wyches main road

• parts of the path at bottom Cowslip Drive are grassed where they clearly should have been path

• River stile left on bank going to Ely at Holt Fen

• overhanging hedges and bushes on pavements cause a problem

• pavement camber and kerbs, footpaths not even enough, especially to River

• Footpaths in general

Five respondents said that there were places that were inaccessible in the village:

• Better walk way to Fish and Duck (unfortunately now closed)

• Cannot walk completely round Cowslip Drive estate as private residents at end of Orchid Drive have fenced off with a bollard there, surely this was a right of way?

• The River Road is in an appalling state

• River - uneven footpath; conservation area no footpath

• Hard to find places for teens!

4.8 Footpaths and access to the River
The survey asked about access to the countryside and the River through local footpaths, bridleways and cyclepaths (Figure 4.3).

One in three respondents (36%) said they knew where local footpaths were. Men (40%) were slightly more likely to know than women (32%).

A total of 42% said they could use these paths without difficulty but 13% said they could not (46% did not reply).

Respondents were unhappy with the signage of footpaths. One in five respondents (22%) thought footpaths were well signposted but 44% thought they were not (34% did not reply).

There was strong support for maps or leaflets with walks (71%) with 13% saying they did not want this (16% did not reply).

Figure 4.6 Views on footpaths
The majority of respondents do cross the railway to the river area, although many do this only occasionally. A total of 3% of respondents visit this area daily and 24% at least once a week. Just over half the sample (56%) visit occasionally with 13% saying they never visited. A third of those aged 75 or over never visit the River area.

Figure 4.7 Frequency of crossing railway to river area

How river area is accessed: The vast majority of residents walk to the river area (96% of those crossing to the river area). Just over one in ten cycle (11%) with some people sometimes cycling and sometimes walking. A total of 4% said they drove. One respondent used a mobility scooter.

Views on whether the roadway to the river should be improved were mixed with 38% thinking it should be improved and 50% thinking it should not (Figure 4.5).

Figure 4.8 Whether the roadway to the river should be improved by frequency of visiting river area

4.9 Access to and use of a car
The majority of respondents (89% and 92% of those aged 18 or over) have access to a car. The group least likely to have access to a car are those aged 75 or over (30%). Men (92%) are slightly more likely than women (85%) to have access to a car.

Figure 4.9 Access to a car by age

The proportion of people using cars for particular activities is shown in Figure 4.10.

Figure 4.10 Proportion of respondents using a car for selected activities

4.10 Use of buses
A total of 43% never use a bus with a further 36% saying they hardly ever used a bus (including people saying they used a bus when the car was at the garage).

A total of 7% use a bus monthly, 6% once a week and 5% daily. Half of the respondents using a bus daily were aged under 18. The age groups most likely to use a bus were 11-17 years olds (96% at least occasionally) and 60-74 year olds (71% at least occasionally).

Figure 4.11 Use of the bus

The proportion of the sample using the bus for selected activities is shown in Figure 4.12.

Figure 4.12 Proportion of respondents using the bus for selected activities

One in five respondents (20%) said they would use the bus more often if it came into the village (Figure 4.13), rising to 48% of those aged 75 or over.

Figure 4.13 Would you use the bus more often if it came into the village?

Frequency of bus services: Of those that use a bus and expressed a view, 66% thought the frequency was adequate and 33% thought it was not.
4.11 Awareness and use of Dial-a-Ride and Social Car Scheme

Just under half the residents had heard of the Dial-a-Ride mini-bus scheme rising to more than 70% of those aged 60 or over. A total of 3% of respondents said they used the scheme, rising to 15% of those aged 75 or over.

One in five respondents (21%) had heard of the Social Car Scheme rising to 45% of those aged 75 or over. A total of 3% said they used this scheme (9% of those aged 75 or over.)

Table 4.1 Awareness and use of Dial-a-Ride and social car scheme by age

Total 11-17 18-24 25-59 60-74 75+
Aware Dial-a-Ride? 49% 20% 13% 43% 70% 73%
Use Dial-a-Ride? 3% 13% 1% 5% 15%
Aware social car scheme? 21% 4% 16% 29% 45%
Use social car scheme? 3% 2% 3% 9%
Base: 320 15 8 188 66 33
5 Attitudes towards development
Respondents were asked whether or not they lived within the development envelope and 54% said that they did, 12% lived outside this but 28% did not know and 6% did not answer the question.
Figure 5.1 Opinion on new developments
New dwellings within the development envelope: The majority of respondents did not think there should be new dwellings in the development envelope (80%) but 13% thought there was room. A total of 16% of respondents who live in the development envelope thought there was room for more dwellings.

Should homes be allowed outside the development envelope: One in ten respondents (10%) thought dwellings should be allowed outside the development envelope but 59% did not. A total of 27% said they did not know. Overall, 71% of those living within the development envelope thought there should be no new dwellings outside as did 62% of those living outside the envelope.

Should there be areas earmarked for affordable housing: A quarter of the sample (27%) thought there should be areas allocated for affordable housing but 65% thought there should not.

6 Information and communication
6.1 Awareness of Parish Council and its work
Nearly three in four respondents (72%) said they knew that Parish Council meetings were open to the public and that residents were able to address the meeting with any concerns they might have. Respondents aged 60-74 were the most likely to know this (85%).

The majority of respondents (87%) thought the coverage of its work in the newsletter and the village notice board was adequate. A total of 8% said it was not and 4% did not reply.

Suggestions for other ways in which the Parish Council might advertise its work are listed below:

• local newspapers

• Large notice outside village hall on days of PC meeting

• mailshot the village

• separate leaflet

• Little Thetford website, notice board before Cowslip Drive

• More use of the web, Parish Council own web page

• e.g. publicise website - who runs it?

• much more use could be made of the website if known to be regularly updated

• newsletter

• newsletter is not monthly and the agenda is for up and coming business/planning applications may encourage attendance, should be monthly with agenda for next month

• Village website

Table 6.1 Parish Council and newsletter

6.2 Little Thetford newsletter
Almost all respondents (90%) said they read the Little Thetford newsletter. 91% of those aged 25-59 said they read it as did all respondents aged 60 or over. Readership was only lower amongst those aged under 25.

The newsletter was thought to be useful, with 86% of the complete sample and 94% of those who read the newsletter finding it useful.

Suggestions for other items for including in the newsletter are listed below:

• add newsletter to new website

• crime updates

• Bus timetables or where to get this info, school holiday dates

• football and cricket club info and match details

• sometimes out of date

• items for sale and wanted

• maps/routes to Ely by footpaths, history of village eg photos

• more important information should be highlighted

• Does not appear to be much going on in village - but anything arranged should be in

• walking groups

• would like newsletter delivered before the events

• social events at the social club to give people notice for babysitters etc.

• More news about activities, not just Church

• Births, marriages, deaths, local achievement awards

• comic strip

• Include all events including school, preschool and social club

Frequency of newsletter: The thirds of respondents (67%) thought the newsletter should be bi-monthly (as at present) with 24% thinking it should be monthly and 5% quarterly.

Table 6.2 Preferred frequency for the newsletter

6.3 Sources of information about the village
When asked where they usually obtain information about the village, 78% said the Little Thetford Newsletter and 59% the notice boards. One in three respondents (36%) said local newspapers such as The Weekly News or Ely Standard, 19% a school newsletter and 4% the website. One in ten respondents mentioned other sources, mainly word of mouth or the social club.
Table 6.3 Sources of information about the village
7 Health and education
7.1 Access to health services
Table 7.1 shows the proportion of respondents who have difficulty accessing various health services.

A small minority of respondents have encountered problems accessing health services. The most difficulty is with accessing a doctor (13% often or occasional difficulty) and the out of hours service (14% often or occasional difficulty).

Community nurse
Older people had not encountered more problems than others with the exception of chiropody which had been often or occasionally a problem for 12% of those aged 60 or over.
7.2 Disability or health problem affecting day to day living
Almost one in ten respondents (9%) said they had a health problem or disability affecting their day to day living, rising to 14% of those aged 60-74 and 36% of those aged 75 or over.

When asked if they needed any additional help, the following comments were made:

• help with shopping

• shopping, gardening

• gardening

• gardening

• No help required yet

7.3 Little Thetford Toddlers Group
A total of 7% of households said that they used the Little Thetford Toddlers Group. A total of 55% of those who had children in infants and 67% of those with pre-school children said they used the toddler group.

When asked how the service could be improved the main comment concerned the timing, in the early afternoon, when parents said their child usually had a nap. Two respondents suggested a purpose built or dedicated building.

Suggestions for improvement or comments are listed below:

• aim to meet another day - not Monday

• My child is at school now but I used it before and it was fantastic

• I have attended and it is great toddler group. Attendance was affected by my children's afternoon nap

• Different time - morning

• Better timing - most toddlers nap between 13.00 and 16.00

• we go rarely as often sleep time, it would be better in the morning I think

• Have used in the past

• Dedicated building just for toddlers

• Having its own tailor made premises

• very infrequently, hall is old and not very clean, upgrade of existing building would suffice

Two in five households (40%) thought the service would be improved with a dedicated pre-school building, rising to 73% of those with a child in infants and 83% of those with a pre-school age child (note number of respondents is small).

Table 7.2 shows the proportion of households who might use the services listed should they be provided.

Table 7.2 Would you use these services if they were provided


All respond-ents

Has Pre-school children Has infant aged children Has primary age children
Use Wrap around care/breakfast club 7% 45% 50% 14%
Has primary age children 9% 64% 100% -
Use preschool session afternoon 7% 64% 50% -
Use lunch club 7% 55% 67% -
Use afterschool care 11% 45% 50% 45%
Use toddlers group 8% 55% 67% -
Use holiday provision 11% 45% 50% 45%
Use parenting support 7% 18% 50% 43%
Base: 169 11 6 22
Other services respondents would like to see are listed below or comments:

• youth club outside school hours

• regular lunch club

• school age children prefer not to be looked after by preschool staff, provision at school better

• (against dedicated building as will affect income of Village Hall)

• will use when we have children

• for Wraparound and After School Care

7.4 Access to Little Thetford Primary School
Seven respondents had encountered problems with getting their children into Little Thetford Primary School and their comments are listed below:

• Awaiting a place in Little Thetford Primary school

• youngest had to wait for a space at Key Stage 1 at Little Thetford CP and had to go to Stretham originally

• local school only had place for one sibling so they went to Witchford (they are at secondary school now)

• Had to appeal to get them into the village school

• No space at Little Thetford, they went to Ely St Johns

• No place as KS1 in Little Thetford

• We will let you know after April - still waiting to hear

8 Places of worship, recreation and leisure
8.1 St Georges and the Baptist Church
Figure 8.1 shows what residents value about the Parish Church, St Georges. Just over half the sample (57%) value the historical building and 48% value it as a focal point for the community. Just over one in three residents value the church for weddings and funerals (38%) and for special services such as Christmas or Harvest Festival (38%). A total of 19% value the church for family services, 18% for baptisms and 17% for Sunday worship. A quarter of the sample either did not reply or said it was not applicable to them.
Figure 8.1 What residents value about St Georges Church
The Baptist Church is not valued as much for its historical building (29%) or for being the focal point of the community (28%) but 21% value the special services, 15% family services, 12% the Girls Brigade and 11% the regular coffee mornings (Table 8.2). Half the sample either did not reply or said it was not applicable to them.

Other reasons for valuing the Baptist Church were for midweek prayer and bible study and holding charity meetings.

Figure 8.2 What residents value about the Baptist Church
Reasons for attending service elsewhere: A total of 14% of respondents gave reasons for attending services elsewhere, the reasons being:

• My religion or denomination not catered for (7%)

• Style of worship (6%)

• Service times more suitable elsewhere (1%)

• Poor local information (1%)

• Other 4%

Other reasons for attending services elsewhere are listed below:

• Stretham a couple of times a year - where my parents live

• still attend our old church or Ely Cathedral

• I attend other local churches in the vicinity as desired

• we attend Cambridge Vineyard Church, we like style of service and worship

• the Cathedral and concerts

• Attend cathedral for special services only

• links with another village

• go to toddler group at Stretham church

What might encourage attendance at St Georges: A total of 12% of respondents gave reasons which would encourage them to attend St Georges:

• 5% a different style of service

• 6% different service times

• 2% other reasons (Did not feel accepted by some of the older members of the congregation; nothing we are different religion)

What might encourage attendance at the Baptist Church: A total of 3% of respondents gave reasons which would encourage them to attend St Georges:

• 1% a different style of service

• 1% different service times

• 1% other reason (nothing we are different religion)

8.2 Level of interest in other activities at St Georges
Respondents were asked to say whether or not they were interested in a number of activities which could be introduced at St Georges, some of which related to worship and others of general interest.

Half the sample (53%) said this was not applicable to them but 8% said they were interested in a local history group and 8% in children's holiday clubs. The level of interest in other activities is shown in Table 8.3.

Figure 8.3 Level of interest in a range of activities which could be provided at St Georges

8.3 Awareness of local groups
The awareness of local groups is as shown below with a significant proportion of residents unaware of each organisation:

• 63% were aware of the Women's Institute rising to 70% of women;

• 59% were aware of the Girls Brigade;

• 45% were aware of the Ely Guild of Woodturners rising to 70% of those aged 75 or over;

• 43% had heard of the senior citizens club, rising to 61% of those aged 60-74 and 76% of those aged 75 or above;

• three in four respondents (78%) had heard of the Sports and Social Club.

8.4 Awareness of activities and the sports and social club
The awareness of event or activity is shown below with a significant proportion of residents unaware of each:

• just under three in four respondents (72%) had heard of the monthly music nights;

• 48% were aware of the darts team;

• 45% were aware of the pool team;

• 61% had heard of the cricket team;

• two in three respondents (68%) had heard of the football teams.

8.5 Level of interest in activities in a potential Multi Use Games Area
The questionnaire told respondents that consideration was being given to building a Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) near the village hall and asked whether they were interested in a range of sports. The level of interest was higher from households with children (Figure 8.4). A quarter of respondents (27%) were interested in tennis courts, 11% in netball, 14% in five-a-side football and 6% in other activities.

Figure 8.4 Level of interest in a potential games area

Other activities respondents mentioned were:

• An aerobics class

• Archery (4 people)

• Badminton (6 people)

• Basketball (5 people)

• Cricket (2 people)

• Would probably not use personally but would support its use for any purposeful activity

8.6 Senior Citizens Club
Respondents were asked whether they were aware that the Senior Citizens Club meets alternate Fridays with a range of activities and 43% said that they did, rising to 67% of those aged 60-74 and 79% of those aged 75 or over.

When asked if the would attend any of a range of activities if they were retired and available during the day, 10% of the sample said they would, rising to 32% of those aged 60-74 and 30% of those aged 75 or over. The most popular activity would be keep fit for older people (20% of those aged 60 or over).

Table 8.1 Activities of potential interest at the senior citizens club

Total Aged 60+ Retired
Present club if a different day 1% 2% 3%
Regular lunch club 3% 8% 11%
Regular tea and entertainment 2% 5% 5%
Meetings with speakers 3% 8% 11%
Keep fit for older people 7% 20% 24%
Half day outings 3% 8% 11%
All day outings 3% 10% 12%
Other - 1% -
No reply 40% 51% 48%
Not applicable 50% 18% 15%
Base: 320 99 75
The only other suggestion was for a pilates class.

A total of 4% of the sample (13 individuals) said they would be prepared to help with some of these activities.

8.7 Mobile Library
The majority of respondents (70%) said they knew there was a mobile library which visited the village.

Use of the library though was much lower with 7% saying they used the mobile library.

8.8 Interest in a carpet bowls club
A total of 8% of respondents said they were interested in carpet bowls at the Village Hall rising to 11% of those aged 60-74 and 15% of those aged 75 or over.
8.9 Suggestions for Village Hall
Few respondents made any suggestions for other activities at the Village Hall (possibly because they thought the question related to carpet bowls and did not read it properly). Suggestions were:

• Scrabble club, craft/art group

• a bowls green

• Youth Club, tennis Club

• youth club

• outside speakers, exhibitions

• Keep fit, ball room dancing, singing groups

• badminton club, other musical / theatre events

• I used to attend an aerobics class which was convenient and enjoyable

• Badminton

• Ballroom dance classes, salsa classes, pilates class

• proper dances, not discos

• family days, games etc.

9 General comments
Respondents were asked to list up to three of their major concerns affecting Little Thetford. These are summarised below and the verbatim comments have been supplied separately. A total of 43% of respondents made at least one comment.

The two major concerns were access to the A1 (cited by 18% of respondents) and speeding traffic (cited by 13%). A total of 9% said the village needed a shop, 8% complained about dog fouling or the lack of dog bins and 6% complained of litter or general untidiness.

Table 9.1 Summary of most important concerns affecting Little Thetford

No reply 57%
Access to A10 18%
Speeding vehicles 13%
Need a village shop 9%
Dog fouling / lack of dog bins 8%
Litter / flytipping 6%
Litter / flytipping 4%
No or very little more development 4%
Things for young people to do 3%
Preserving natural environment 3%
No pub / restaurant 3%
Community involvement 2%
Safety 2%
Better cycle paths 2%
Better for recycling 2%
Keeping village identity 1%
Too much on street parking 1%
Play area 1%
Maintain and clear footpaths 1%
Bus service (cost and service) 1%
Traffic 1%
Inconsiderate parking 1%
No problems / none 1%
Need more facilities 1%
Gas supply 1%
Burglary 1%
More sports facilities 1%
Traffic noise 1%
Bus to centre of village 1%
Allotments 1%
More social activities 1%
Parking 1%
Street lighting poor 1%
Improve and maintain facilties 1%
Need good schooling 1%
Raise profile of social club 1%
Faster broadband *
Base: all respondents 320
One respondent mentioned the following: faster broadband, list of local tradesmen, lorries through village, more church/chapel worship, lack of childcare facilities, Village Hall rebuilding is slow, access to Little Thetford Primary.
10 Views of young people
Young people aged 11-18 were asked to fill in a number of questions relating to their activities and concerns and a total of 39 young people did so.

Schools attended:

• 64% attend secondary school

• 28% attend primary school

• 8% attend 6th form college

Activities undertaken:

The most frequently undertaken activities in Little Thetford were the Girls Brigade and ballet/dance.

The most popular activities undertaken elsewhere were football, cricket and 'other' (Tai Kwan Do, horse riding, hockey, music lessons and drama).

Table 10.1 Activities undertaken by young people

In Little Thetford Elsewhere
Football 3% 41%
Cricket 3% 18%
Badminton - 8%
Netball 8% 8%
Trampolining 5% 3%
Tennis - 8%
Girls Brigade 18% -
Scouts / cubs - 3%
Guides / Brownies - 5%
Ballet / dance 10% 5%
Chess 3% -
Other - 31%
No reply 69% 21%
Base: all young people 39 39
Six respondents said their parents would be willing to help run an activity in the village that their son or daughter took part in.

What is important about the village to young people:

The most important things to young people (from a list) are shown in Figure 10.1 and are sports, the running track, the play area and the skate park.

Other comments are listed below:

• netball court

• having fun

• High jump

• I would like a few tennis courts in the village

Interest in a youth club:

49% were interested in a youth club but 51% were not.

Two respondents said that their father might be interested in helping and five said that their mother would help run a youth club.

Those interested favoured the following days:

• Monday 4 respondents

• Tuesday 9 respondents

• Wednesday 11 respondents

• Thursday 4 respondents

• Friday 11 respondents

Interest in youth shelter:

Views on a youth shelter were mixed, 18 of the young people would like to see one and 18 would not with 3 respondents not commenting. The primary school children were more interested in this than the older young people.

Of those interested, 16 would like to see the shelter on the sports field, one on Cowslip Drive and six said either location would be fine. The secondary school respondents were more likely to favour the sports field.

One respondent said they did not want the shelter on Cowslip Drive as they would be frightened to pass a large group of young people and one parent said this location was too near houses and noise could be a problem.