Villagers in Banwell find voice

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

NO MORE houses, a better recreation field and a bypass – the wishes of people living in Banwell were revealed in a village survey.

NO MORE houses, a better recreation field and a bypass - the wishes of people living in Banwell were revealed in a village survey.

The parish plan also showed almost nine out of 10 residents suffered traffic disturbance, half thought police coverage was inadequate and three quarters want a weekly farmers' market.

Answers to the survey, which questioned 430 people and took place in October, were presented in a document by the parish council last month.

The plan, supported by central government, is designed to help guide village leaders on decisions and reflect the population's demands.

Already the parish council has used it, agreeing to enhance the recreation field and bring back the popular annual carnival, which 57 per cent of people called for in the questionnaire.

Other interesting results were that the majority of villagers claimed to suffer disturbance from traffic and people, but not from aircrafts.

To solve the problem 64 per cent of people called for a bypass, 42 per cent for a weight restriction and 31 per cent for additional traffic lights.

Regarding policing issues, more than half of people said they felt unsafe walking in the parish because of antisocial behaviour and almost a third said they had been a victim of the crime.

Nearly 60 per cent said no more houses should be built in the village, while 67 per cent requested more jobs be provided.

Out of the people who responded to the survey just 13 per cent were aged under 25 and three quarters owned a vehicle.

Anyone who wants to view a copy of the parish plan should call council clerk Kevin Barrett on 01934 811267.

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