Youth Survey results
A survey completed by young people from Alsager and surrounding areas is helping the Alsager Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (ANSPG) devise policies for the provision of youth activities in the town. The survey included questions about sport and leisure facilities,clubs and societies, transport and improvements that young people would like to see to amenities. The results are now being analysed and fed into the Neighbourhood Planning process.
Prizes of two £20 Amazon vouchers were awarded to two young people who completed the survey. Christine Marsh, Chairman of ANSPG said: ‘We were pleased to see so many detailed and informative responses. Together with the results of last year’s Household Survey the feedback will be invaluable as we continue to prepare the policy documents for the Neighbourhood Plan.’ Work is well underway on the policy document for Alsager’s Neighbourhood Plan. Working groups made up of volunteers and co-opted town councillors have been drafting policies around issues concerning housing, employment, the town centre, infrastructure, countryside and greenbelt. Once completed, the Plan will be presented to local people who can then vote on whether to adopt it at a special Referendum. If 50% of those who vote support the Plan then it will have statutory powers within the framework of the Cheshire East Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan is non-party political and policies will reflect the views of residents based on evidence gathered through surveys and working groups.
Key Youth Survey Findings
Young people from Alsager and surrounding villages completed the survey and expressed a range of views on amenities and facilities – from sports facilities, public toilets, local parks and clubs and organisations.
Key concerns were:
Costs of access to facilities and activities.
Cleanliness and maintenance of facilities.
The need for places for young people to gather, perhaps with computer games consoles, pool tables and simply areas to sit, chat and listen to music.
There were particular expressions of interest in sports ranging from basketball to American Football.
Concerns about anti-social behaviour involving groups of teenagers in some locations.
A high proportion of young people who responded to the survey were involved in organised activities and clubs of various forms, but there was a strong indication of a appetite for more informal youth facilities in the town.
The feedback will inform the development the policies around open spaces and the provision of activities and facilities for young people.
Caption: Millie Barker-Robinson, with her Mum, (right) receives her prize from Councillor Shirley Jones and Christine Marsh (left).