Many residents in the village attended a drop in afternoon at the school on 8th September at which Circle Housing presented their plans for a 184 houses development on St Neots Road between Meridian Close and Hall Drive.
The Parish Council wanted to find out the views of the residents on such a plan and on the possible consequences for improved facilities within the village.
The Parish Council distributed about 150 survey forms on the night and has made further copies available since then to those who could not attend on the evening through the Hardwick Village website.
Many thanks to all those who completed the surveys. We received back exactly 100 completed surveys which was a fantastic response. The contributions are all valued and will help guide the Parish Council in its submissions to South Cambridgeshire District Council whenever a planning application is made for the development.
Thanks also to the village shop and the Blue Lion for agreeing to collect completed surveys; to the Village Plan group for their suggestions and to Robert Cassey for his help in collating the results.
Here are the summary results.
Question 1 – Do you agree that the proposed new housing development at St Neots Road should go ahead subject to meeting planning obligations?
Question 2 – Do you agree with the traffic planners that the St Neots Road development will not cause additional traffic problems in the village?
- Potholes on roads need improving
- St Neots Road by A428 roundabout is too dangerous
- Worries about the use of Hall Drive as a rat run
Question 3 – Do you agree that there should be more pre-school facilities in the village?
Question 4 – Do you agree that there should be a doctor’s surgery in Hardwick?
Question 5 – Would you likely register with a new doctor’s surgery based in Hardwick if one was started in the village?
- Many residents who stated ‘no’ cite their existing doctor as the reason for them not to move to a local surgery.
Question 6 – Do you agree that a multi-purpose community centre is needed in Hardwick?
Question 7 – Do you agree that the number and quality of sports pitches, the facilities for match officials and storage for sports related equipment in the village needs to be improved?
Question 8 – Do you think that additional retail or food/drink outlets should be provided in Hardwick?
- Many residents don’t want new facilities to take business away from existing facilities such as Madingley Mulch, the village shop, or the café by Pet Paks
- Some respondents would like to see a café that caters to young people
Question 9 – Please indicate which facilities you would probably use if they were available in Hardwick:
I hope you find the results of interest. If you want to help more in helping to decide the future of Hardwick please sign up to the Village Plan. See http://www.hardwickplan.uk/
Hardwick Parish Council