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People of Surfleet set out their village priorities




Dog fouling, fly-tipping, speeding and the protection of the countryside from future housing have emerged as the main priorities for people in Surfleet.

The findings of a questionnaire distributed to nearly 600 villagers with a view to creating a new Neighbourhood Plan for Surfleet have been shared with parish councillors.

Nearly 36 per cent of villagers completed the questionnaire which asked for people's views on environmental, housing, transport, business and community issues.

Mary Hurst, who until recently was chairman of the Surfleet Neighbourhood Plan committee, said: "We were pleased about the fact that people took the questionnaire seriously and made some constructive comments which were helpful.

Mary Hurst, former chairman of the Surfleet Neighbourhood Plan Committee. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG171113-190TW. (2280568)
Mary Hurst, former chairman of the Surfleet Neighbourhood Plan Committee. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG171113-190TW. (2280568)
St Laurence's Church, Surfleet, and the River Glen. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG120511-126TW. (2280819)
St Laurence's Church, Surfleet, and the River Glen. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG120511-126TW. (2280819)

"We were advised that the response rate was a good one, although you're always disappointed if it's not 100 per cent."

The results, analysed by countywide charity Community Lincs, found that villagers saw Surfleet as "a safe, friendly community" whose "positive features" include "open green spaces and a river".

Protecting the environment, including wildlife sites, trees, woodland and parks, was seen as important along with the development of retirement homes, rental properties and houses of three bedrooms or less.

Those who responded to the survey listed speeding vehicles and road maintenance as important, but there was little support for a one-way system to relieve a "bottleneck" around Station Road.

Of more concern to Community Lincs was the poor response from young people, with just nine 11 to 18-year-olds giving their views.

They claimed "there were not enough activities" for them and the Neighbourhood Plan committee were asked to work with Surfleet Primary School to address the issue."



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