The initial analysis of the responses to the parish questionnaires show that on nearly all issues the three villages were of a single mind. Any variation between villages was always less significant than the overall opinion.
For example, everyone valued local features such as Shedfield Reading Room, The Waltham chase Triangle, and Shirrell Heath Methodist Church, but in each case the locals scored it more highly than the other two villages.
Real but slight differences were seen in only a few matters ; Waltham Chase residents were most concerned about the scale and character of recent housing developments and inconsiderate parking or inadequate parking facilities and road crossings, while Shirrell Heath residents were more focussed on road traffic levels, poor broadband speeds, and the lack of public transport.
Many residents provided examples of what they considered acceptable new developments, such as Barley Fields in Shirrel Heath, and unacceptable ones such as Morrell Close.
There was a very strong level of agreement across the generations on issues such as the importance of maintaining the green and rural character of our parish with a quiet environment, adequate play areas, adequate public transport, and avoiding over-development.
The length of time people have lived in the parish had virtually no impact on their views; new arrivals value the same qualities as families who have been here for generations.
Draft Parish Plans are hoped to be completed by the end of June.
Anyone who can contribute interesting local or historical photos would be most welcome to do so.