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Speeding through the village emerged as a significant problem with over half of those anwering the question saying that it was an issue. This figure rises to two-thirds when people living in cul-de-sacs are excluded. Of the people who were concerned about it, over 80% thought it serious enough to warrant additional measures to address the problem. The main ideas suggested were humps, more electronic signs, cameras, narrowing the carriageway to allow traffic in one direction at a time and more police patrols.
Almost 60% of people were unhappy with the state of the local roads and pavements and many specific examples were given, including Kiln Lane, Middle Street, Nutwood Avenue and Tynedale Road (by the phone box). Around 40% were concerned about the state of verges, ditches or hedges.
People were almost evenly divided on whether the Council should collect more items for recycling, with many feeling that the Council is doing enough already. However, there were many suggestions of extra things that could be collected including plastics, drinks containers, foil, clothing and electrical items. By contrast, three-quarters of people answered the question about more business recycling and over 90% were in favour of encouraging this.
The current level of youth provision was rated fairly highly with an average score of 3.1 based on a scale of 1 to 5. The most frequently suggested improvements were a skate park (already being actively pursued by the Youth Council) and a better bus service including evenings and cheaper fares to allow young people to reach a wider range of events and activities.
73% of people responding thought cars taking children to school were causing a congestion problem. And there was strong support for more options for children to be able to use buses to get to school and for the idea that schools should get incentives from the County Council to arrange additional transport.