Oakley Green, Fifield & District Community Association
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Before we could build a Community Action Plan which we could say reflected the views, ideas and aspirations of our Community, we needed to consult with the Community first.

So we developed a Questionnaire which covered a broad range of topics. It contained 49 Questions and it was hand delivered to and collected from all 407 occupied Households. All Residents over the age of 11 were invited to respond.

300 completed surveys were collected – a fantastic 73.7% response.
The complete database is available as an Excel file on request.

To summarise - the data revealed that of those who responded :

90% requested a community newsletter and nearly as many wanted a website

Over 70% showed support for :

-    Improvement and maintenance of footpaths.
-    Improvement of bridleway network allowing cyclists and horse riders to avoid roads.
-    Ditches and water courses being improved and maintained.
-    More rigorous enforcement of illegal fly tipping.
-    A children’s playground in Fifield.

About 60% of households have a broadband landline connection but connection is slow.

57% would appreciate a greater police presence.

51% were concerned about possible house break-in and theft.

46% favoured a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

44% would like better consultation with the local police.

41% said traffic speed made them feel unsafe.

20% of residents use a footpath daily !

Other interesting facts

In answer to the question ... "What is most important to you about living in the Oakley Green and Fifield area ?" ... the most popular responses were "Rural Setting and Location".

Respondents saw “not being able to walk about freely due to traffic speed" as the biggest challenge to children growing up.

There is a lot of support for better traffic speed and HGV regulation and the reduction of speed limits in some areas.

On new community activities – the most popular were Arts and Crafts/Christmas Fayres, a Community Hog Roast/BBBQ, Gardening Club, Cinema Club and Keep Fit. There was also significant support for a Christmas Variety Show, Food and Wine Fairs and Language and Computing Classes.

Households have on average two cars each.

The majority of residents feel safe in our community and there had been no need to contact the emergency services in the past 12 months.