Little Thetford : Residents' Survey

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 respondent

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
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).