Village Voices 2007
A Companion Document to the Wivenhoe Town Plan
When the Wivenhoe Town Plan questionnaire was compiled in 2007 it asked a wide range of questions. Most questions invited respondents to tick boxes or rate their preferences; the responses to these were analysed and appear in a graphical form in the final version of the Town Plan. However the questionnaire also collected a wealth of data in the form of people’s answers to open-ended questions – some of which were very insightful and detailed – and also in the form of comments written in the margins of the questionnaire. These responses and comments were included in this document, which forms a companion document to the Town Plan.
The opinions expressed in Village Voices are not statistically representative of the people of Wivenhoe in the same way that the responses summarised in the Town Plan are. But they make fascinating reading, giving a rich flavour of people’s feelings on a range of issues from housing and planning to NHS dentistry. Some issues generated very little interest, while others aroused volumes of passionate responses; people appeared to be more or less unanimous on some issues, and deeply divided on others. Some responses are flippant, many are intelligent, and several are extremely funny.
Village Voices was compiled by Pat Marsden.
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