Saxmundham: Town team reveal opinion poll results

East Suffolk market town Saxmundham

East Suffolk market town Saxmundham - Credit: Archant

More than 100 people gathered to hear the results of a priority-setting survey conducted in a Suffolk town.

It has been two years since Saxmundham Town Council approved the establishment of an independent group of volunteers intent on compiling an action plan of objectives based on the views of residents.

The Saxmundham Town Plan Working Party (STPWP) was formed a year later, kick-starting the process of compiling tailored opinion polls for both adults and teenagers, delivered to 1,800 households at the beginning of 2013.

The team revealed its initial findings in front of gathered residents at the town’s Market Hall, and announced a shortlist of priorities for action, voted on by a total of 787 respondents - a questionnaire response rate of 23%.

Attended by the leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Ray Herring, and introduced by STPWP chairman Christopher Lucas, the meeting laid out 15 priorities covering a range of proposals, including a second weekly market, a 20mph zone along the High Street, renovation of the Market Hall and extra dog waste bins throughout the town centre.

Chris Burslem, STPWP secretary, said: “There is clearly no waning interest from the community. We now have to take the plan forward.

“Action Sax will work as a lobby group, picking up on issues identified by the community and forming separate focus groups to make sure needs are met.

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“We will have to work hard to make sure theses things do not end up lost in the long grass. They include two or three big jobs but are otherwise quite modest requirements.”

The STPWP now plans to reform as Action Sax - a group made up of three focus groups - Town Centre/Commerce, Information/Communications and Quality of Life/Environment - each appointed to reshape outline proposals into achievable objectives, which will be presented to the town, district and county council.

Volunteers are invited to become part of Action Sax by joining one of the focus groups.

You can learn more about latest developments to the town plan at actionsax.org.uk or by emailing info@actionsax.org.uk.