The original Transport Group, chaired by Sue Williams, provided questions for the "Getting About" section of document "Do you care about the future of your town?" which was distributed by hand in March 2006 to nearly 8,000 residents and businesses in Petersfield, with copies sent to adjoining parishes. A questionnaire in the document was completed by nearly 600 people - a response rate of 7.5%.
ln the "Getting About" section, the replies to the first five specific questions produced the following results:
1. Respondents who "strongly agreed" or "agreed" (Percent) Replies
Better bus service, particularly at evenings and weekends. 81 513
Increased transport information, with timetables
at all bus shelters and stops. 89 535
Improved public transport co-ordination i.e. bus/rail links 87 530
More public transport to key facilities e.g. hospitals. 87 522
More fully- accessible public transport (buses and taxis) 85 526
In addition to the total number of replies to each question, 160 respondents (an average of 35%) added specific comments, which have been summarised in a report dated 20/8/06.
2. In other sections of the questionnaire, the following five items were related to highways and road use:
Respondents who "strongly agreed" or "agreed" Percent /Replies,Specific Comments
A review of car parking and discouragement of car use. 70 550 131
Improved pedestrian and cycle routes 79 533 99
An experiment with a pedestrianisation scheme in the High Street 73 563 180
Reduced vehicle delivery and co-ordinated delivery times. 87 552 78
Increased range of activities in The Square. 79 533 58
The specific comments received from these five questions have also been summarised in reports dated 20/8/06. Where the initial question (e.g. A review of car parking) did not indicate a direct policy, these comments give a good indication of the respondents' views and a mandate for future action.
3. If these highway and roads matters are not to be taken forward by any other Project Group, it is suggested that they should, at least initially, be added to the Transport Group's remit to ensure that all those who took the trouble to respond to the questionnaire are not ignored.
4. The five public transport items in paragraph 1 can be dealt with by a reconstituted Transport Group including bus, train and taxi users and operators, with District and County officers as advisers. The five additional road highway items could be covered by additional members including car park users, cyclists, pedestrians and shopkeepers, with representatives of the highway and car parking authorites.
5. The following names include individuals who have shown some interest in the above matters, although none has yet been asked to join the Transport Group:
Sue Williams, Tony Shaw, Brian Keefe, Hilary Ayer, Linda Cowley, Sonia Ratsey, Michelle Curtis, Linda Boatswain, Gwil Williams (EHDC), Tony Smale (HCC).
Stagecoach Buses, Countryliner, SouthWest Trains, Community Transport, Taxi Drivers, Cyclists.
Other individuals might include representatives from the local bus group (organised by Gwil Williams) and local retailers and businesses, pedestrians (including at least one with limited mobility) and someone specifically concerned with parking in residential streets.
6. Secretarial help would be needed, initially to set up the new Transport Group to represent as many points of view as practicable. If sufficient members can be found it may be more appropriate to form two groups to cover the public transport and the highways/roads items. In any case close liaison will need to be established with other Project Groups, especially the Town Character and the Retail and Business Groups.
Tony Shaw 17 January 2007.