Halvergate Marshes

Halvergate Parish Church taken from Mill RoadThe main reasons people gave for their positive feelings towards Halvergate & Tunstall as a place to live are Peace & Quiet (95%), Attractiveness of surrounding countryside (95%), Safety (76%) and Social & Recreational facilities (67%). In fact, the first two of these are Number 1 and Number 4 respectively in the ranking list for strength of agreement with 67 statements posed in the research questionnaire. The level of agreement for the general ‘Good place to live’ statement referred to above was the third strongest of all.

Of course, not every aspect of ‘General environment’ that people were asked to rate was seen so positively, as demonstrated in Table 1 below. In particular, ‘Roads & Traffic’ and ‘Access to key services’ are topics drawing strong levels of agreement at the negative end of the spectrum. These and other issues are dealt with in more detail on following pages – with some problems highlighted and possible actions for improvement suggested by responses to the open-ended ‘write-in’ sections of the questionnaire. (As stated earlier, all such responses can be read on the Parish Council website.)

Table 1 – ‘How would you rate the present quality or value of the following aspects of the village and its surrounding area?’How would you rate the present quality or value of the following aspects of the village and its surrounding area?

The opportunity was taken in the survey also to ask households to rate the importance to them of a number of things that had been raised by local residents as ‘good ideas’ at the Open Day. Of the nine suggestions put forward, those gaining most support were: ‘Support Conservation Area principles’ with 77% of those giving an answer thinking this Very Important or Important; ‘Tidy & maintain ponds’ (73%); ‘Community rubbish skips’ (71%); and ‘More maintenance of roadside verges’ (70%)

The complete results, presented in rank order having taken into account the full range of answers from ‘Very Important’ through to ‘Not at all Important’ are shown in Table 2 below.

Table 2 – ‘Some residents have mentioned things that they think would be good for our local environment or lifestyle’‘Some residents have mentioned things that they think would be good for our local environment or lifestyle’

Issues arising from ‘General Environment’ (some of which will be picked up further in subsequent, more specific sections):

  1. Ensure preservation of the key attributes of Peace & Quiet, Attractive Countryside and Safe environment.
  2. Foster greater community spirit and make it easier for people to get views across to and feel represented by local government.
  3. Improvement of public transport and some other key services (such as education provision and Broadband).
  4. Reinforce commitment to Conservation Area principles.
  5. Increase maintenance of ‘immediate’ environment (such as roadsides, pond, church wall).
  6. Investigate feasibility of some kind of ‘village shop’.