The Village Survey was conducted by Birlingham Parish Council to hear residents'
opinions on how the village should develop in the coming years and was an
opportunity for residents to help shape the future changes to our village.
The idea for the survey came from a public meeting held in February and part
of its purpose was to decide whether or not we should go ahead with creating
either a Neighbourhood Plan or a Village Design Statement for Birlingham.
However, the survey was about much more than just housing development. The Parish Council
also wanted to know residents' views on many other topics, such as local services,
village amenities and public transport. All answers were confidential
and no individual information has been shared with anyone else.
After collating all the survey responses, the results were presented at a public
meeting on 29th October 2015. The Parish Council will be deciding at its November meeting what sort of plan, if any,
the village should adopt for the future.
The survey was delivered to all those on the electoral roll and four businesses in the village: Broadgrove Farm Shop, Treetops Nursery, Red Star Growers and Hall Farm.
In addition, there are a further 25 businesses based in households.
The response of 40% was deemed a success, particularly when compared with other surveys. For example:
- In Roseland peninsula, Cornwall, a referendum for a Neighbourhood Plan achieved a 40.8 per cent turnout.
- A village east of Liskeard recorded a 33.6 per cent turnout.