Village needs a new lease of life - survey

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 September 2013

Cheddar.

Cheddar.

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CHEDDAR needs revitalising, with more jobs, better sports facilities and a clampdown on speeding drivers, according to a survey of residents.

More than 200 people replied to the survey issued by Cheddar Parish Council, with nearly all of the respondents saying the village was in need of rejuvenation and more full-time employment opportunities.

The results of the survey will lead to the development of a neighbourhood plan, which will shape how planning applications are reviewed in the future.

More than 80 per cent of residents said the village and gorge needed to attract more visitors, with 62 per cent of people saying it is not advertised well enough.

Nearly 90 per cent said the village’s sport and leisure facilities needed to be improved.

Community group My Cheddar is working with the council on developing the plan and a spokesman said the results reflected the priorities people had mentioned in meetings.

He said: “One or two issues are perhaps less clear cut.

“The question of a village hall has seen discussions over whether a new facility is needed or whether improvements and better use of existing ones is the way forward.

“Similarly, with regard to sports and leisure, while there are those who believe that better use and co-ordination of existing playing fields is the answer, many are of the view that additional amenities are required.

“In both cases it has been suggested that an audit of existing facilities is conducted to get some clarity over what currently exists and how well they are utilised, and My Cheddar is likely to have a role in this.

“More broadly, My Cheddar is supportive of the parish council in its lead on the neighbourhood plan and we look forward to helping to develop planning policies and proposals that will address the community’s collective wishes.”

Only 30 per cent of respondents said parts of the village felt unsafe, although 70 per cent said there was a problem with speeding.

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