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Villagers get their say

PUBLISHED: 10:23 11 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

QUESTIONNAIRE responses have been flooding in from residents of a Suffolk village which is planning a facelift.

Wickham Market residents seem desperate to have their say on how a cash boost for the town should be spent.

QUESTIONNAIRE responses have been flooding in from residents of a Suffolk village which is planning a facelift.

Wickham Market residents seem desperate to have their say on how a cash boost for the town should be spent.

But for those who have not yet put pen to paper, time is running out as there are just a few days left to get the surveys in.

The improvements are going ahead thanks to a Government cash injection of £100,000 as part of the Market Town's Initiative.

Ideas on how to ensure the town remains the centre of the community for outlying villages, include an internet café, an improved library and a resource centre.

The resource centre will include private interview rooms for use by voluntary groups as well as tourist information and a mini jobs centre.

A huge amount of work is going into the surveys and consultations for the scheme and Chris Cauldwell, Wickham Market council clerk said that improved public transport systems would be high on the list for villagers outside the town.

She said: "Transport is a huge issue in some of the parishes.

"Some villages may only get a bus through once a week."

As part of the consultation some volunteers will be carrying out a station survey at Campsea Ashe to see how many people use it."

One of the projects already identified by the Wickham Market MTI Steering Group is a minibus link to Campsea Ashe rail station, a resource centre and better car parking and road improvements at The Hill.

Two thousand forms were delivered to homes in the area and 25 neighbouring parishes to find out how people thought the money could be spent.

Although the target for returns was 70 per cent that has already been exceeded.

Mrs Cauldwell said that it could be between three and four weeks for the forms to be analysed for the final outcome.


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