Daresbury Parish Plan

Snapshot report

 

 

Alice in Wonderland weather vane, Daresbury Primary School

Introduction

 

The information given in this report is a summary of the raw data collected from the Daresbury Parish Plan Residents Questionnaire used to produce the Parish Plan. The sections are listed below.

 

 

 

 

Questionnaire Sections

 

Demographics

A. Environment

B. Access to Services and Transport

C. Education

D. Community Activities

E. Roads and Traffic

F. Development

G. Community Safety

H. Other Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demographics

 

Male

48

Female

56

 

0 – 16

3

17 – 25

4

26 – 35

11

36 – 45

22

46 – 55

26

56 – 65

24

66 - 75

10

75+

4

 

 

A.     Environment

                                                                                                                 

A1.      Would you like to see more trees, shrubs and pots of flowers planted?                                                                                               

 

Yes      74

                        No       17

N/A     9

                                                                                                                                   

              

A2.      Would you like to see a designated wildlife area? e.g. a village pond or a child-friendly nature trail.                              

 

                        Yes      65

                        No       24

                        N/A     11

 

 

A3.      Are the footpaths adequate? e.g. condition, location, number.     

 

                        Yes      61

                        No       19

                        N/A     20

 

         

A4.      Would you like to see home insulation and other energy saving methods encouraged?                                                                            

 

Yes      79

No      10

N/A     11

 

 

A5.      Would you like to see the use of renewable energy sources promoted? e.g. solar panels.                                                   

 

                        Yes      74

                        No       13

                        N/A     13

 

   

A6.      Are the following environmental services adequate?

 

·       hedge cutting       

                       

                        Yes      62

                        No       27

                        N/A     11

 

·       grass cutting        

                       

                        Yes      64

                        No       24

                        N/A     12                           

 

·       weed control        

                       

                        Yes      50

                        No       33

                        N/A     17                            

           

                                                                                                                         

A7.      Is there too much light pollution?

 

Yes      49

No       39

N/A     12

 

 

A8.      Is there too much noise pollution?                                              

 

Yes      51

                        No       40 

N/A     9

 

 

A9.      Is litter and fly tipping a problem?   

 

Yes      66

                        No       21

N/A     13

 

                                      

A10.    Please describe any other pollution or nuisance.

 

Homosexual soliciting in and around Morphany Lane, Newton Lane and Summer Lane; speed and volume of traffic, quiet roads used cut-throughs, flooded roads, parking in Chester Road, tractor noise over speed bumps, racing on A56, ever increasing air traffic into Liverpool airport; air pollution from Widnes, clouds generated by Fiddlers Ferry Power Station; litter in roadside; water pipe leaking continuously over several months in (old)Chester Rd; speed bumps out of character, Daresbury Tower eyesore; travellers.

 


A11.    Would you like to see environmentally friendly practices promoted?                                                                                

 

Yes      75

No      10

N/A     15

 

 

A12.    Would you like to see the village well reinstated?                  

 

Yes      57

                        No       19

N/A     24

 

 

A13.    Would you like to see bird and bat boxes made available for new and existing buildings?     

 

Yes      65

No       18

N/A     17                                                    

 

 

A14.    Would you like there to be a wildlife and habitat audit?         

 

Yes      50

No       28

N/A     22

 

 

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

Most in favour of planting though some believe current situation adequate and there is no need as it is a waste of money.

 

Daresbury Firs, Keckwick Hill, canal towpath and Moore wildlife areas highlighted. Pots around phone box appreciated.

 

Footpaths that exist are generally adequate.

 

Problems

 

No mains gas.

 

Not enough information available on energy saving or renewable energy, existing grants poorly promoted.

 

Renewable energy sources expensive.

 

Ragwort and other weeds need better control. Hedges overgrown.

 

Excessive light from A56, golf driving range, Daresbury Park, Daresbury Labs and Science Park and various security lights in and around village.

 

High noise levels from A56, M56, speed bumps in Village particularly farm traffic, vans trailers and buses, also air traffic. Taxi hooting outside Ring o’ Bells.

 

Tipping and litter; especially Red Brow Lane, Lewis Carroll Wood, lay-bys / spare ground on Chester Road, Summer Lane, Higher Lane, Morphany Lane, Newton Lane, Pillmoss Lane, Delph lane, Keckwick Lane, general litter in roadside allowed to collect for too long.

 

Speed bumps ruin character of village.

 

Homosexual soliciting in lay-bys at night around Summer Lane, Morphany Lane and Newton Lane.

 

Daresbury Tower eyesore.

 

Clouds from Fiddlers Ferry power station.

 

Suggestions

 

Village life would be improved by more planting – particularly native trees and shrubs

Suggestions include:

 

·       Trees (also useful to reduce noise and screen recent science and business park developments)

·       Wildflowers eg on A56 verges

·       Higher hedges along motorway end of A56 to help stop noise

·       Approach local business for funds

·       Enlist help of school children

 

Wildlife area with pond: various locations suggested, though safety issues raised regarding pond. Enhance existing wildlife locations, though ensure does not appear artificially constructed.

 

Various footpaths eg to Hatton. See comments on pavements in Section E.

 

In favour of energy saving and renewable energy schemes and legislation; club together to get better deals. Greater use of biodiesel.

 

Grass and hedges need better maintenance (and monitoring).

 

Provide and promote free removal of household waste such as fridges and sofas to reduce need for tipping.

 

Generally in favour of reinstating village well, but cost and safety issues raised.

 

Bat and bird boxes:

 

 

Habitat audit: views mixed, some welcome but suggest done by locals to keep costs down, others indifferent.

 

 

 

B.     Access to Services and Transport

 

B1.      Do you have adequate access to the following services?

 

·       doctor

                      

Yes      78

                       No      9

    N/A    13                         

 

·       dentist                 

 

                        Yes      63

                        No       24

                        N/A    13                      

 

·       pharmacist          

 

                        Yes      74

                        No       10

                        N/A    16                     

 

·       health visitor      

 

                        Yes      37

                        No       13

     N/A     50                       

                                                                                             

  

B2.      Do you use a library?                                                                     

 

                        Yes      45

                        No       49

                        N/A                 6

 

 

B3.      Do you have the following delivered to your house?

 

·       Milk                     

                 

                  Yes      15

                        No      83

      N/A     2                             

 

·       Newspapers         

 

                        Yes     35

                        No      62

                  N/A     3                                                              

 

               


B4.      Would you use a farm shop?        

 

                        Yes      87

                        No      7

                        N/A    6                                    

 

 

B5.      Any other kind of shop or outlet

 

                        Yes      38

                        No       38

                        N/A    24

                

       

B6.      Are there enough postal deliveries and collections?            

 

                        Yes      85

                        No                   9

                        N/A                 6

 

 

B7.      Would you like to see access to other postal services?             

 

                        Yes     9

                        No       63

                        N/A     28

                                       

  

 B8.     Does the refuse service collection meet the needs of your household? 

 

Yes      76

                        No       18

N/A                 6                                                                 

 

 

 B9.     Is collection of waste paper adequate?                                       

 

                        Yes     36

                        No      51

                        N/A    13

 

 

B10.    Is provision for recycling other materials adequate?

 

                        Yes      16

                        No       70

                        N/A    14        

 

 

 


B11.    Please rank the following methods of transport to show which you use

 

            (Number in order of use 1 highest 7 lowest, leave blank if do not use)

 

Car

Train

Bus

Taxi

Bike

Motorbike

Foot

e.g.

1

3

5

4

6

7

2

 

 

·       for work:

 

Car

Train

Bus

Taxi

Cycle

Motorbike

Foot

60

9

2

9

4

3

13

 

 

·       for school or college:

 

Car

Train

Bus

Taxi

Cycle

Motorbike

Foot

57

4

14

8

7

4

6

 

 

·       for shopping, recreational, medical etc.

 

Car

Train

Bus

Taxi

Cycle

Motorbike

Foot

61

4

6

7

9

3

10

 

 

B12.    Do you need to use public transport from / to Daresbury parish? 

 

                        Yes     8

No       82

N/A     10

 

 

B13.    Do you rely on others to help you with transport for your daily tasks (such as shopping)?                                                                       

 

                        Yes     5

No       90

N/A    5

 

 

B14.    Which city/town/village do you use most for your services?

 

Stockton Heath                     47

Warrington                           27

Runcorn (inc Halton Lea)    5

Chester                                   4

Frodsham                               3

Manchester                            3

Northwich                              2

 

The following places were also mentioned, but their percentages were less than 2: Preston Brook, Widnes, Weaverham, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Gemini, Trafford Park, Moore, Liverpool, Stretton, Handforth Dean, Didsbury.

 

B15.    Is there adequate access to the following services via public transport?

 

·       shops (supermarket, bank, newsagent etc)                         

 

                        Yes      17

No       38

                        N/A     45

 

·       medical (doctors, dentist, hospital)                                     

 

                        Yes      13

No       41

                        N/A     46

 

·       railway / airport                                                                   

 

                        Yes      14

No       38

                        N/A     48                 

 

·       recreational (cinema, pub, leisure centre)

 

                        Yes      14

                        No       40

                        N/A     46

 

 

·       place of worship

 

                        Yes      18

                        No       23

                        N/A     59

 

 

B16.    Do you have sufficient information on current public transport provision?          

 

                        Yes      30

                        No       51

N/A     19

 

 

B17.    What would encourage you to use public transport?

 

Availability, frequency, reliability, regularity, convenience, cleanliness, security; evening service; subsidised/free service; shuttle to Stockton Heath, Moore, Warrington; nothing – use car.

 

 

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

Most use Stockton Heath library & other facilities, followed by Warrington. Virtually none use Runcorn.

 

Mobile library service available though used by few.

 

Paper and milk deliveries available in village, though some not aware and/or considered expensive. Internet shopping (eg Tesco) used by some.

 

Car most popular and essential for living in rural area, it was recognized a more regular bus may be not viable.

 

Public transport is adequate for access to services in Warrington & Runcorn but most use own transport anyway.

 

Problems

 

Lack of NHS dentist and need to travel for health services and limited choice of Doctors.

 

Postal service limited to one collection/delivery a day.

 

Lack of post boxes.

 

Can’t renew car tax at local PO.

 

Wheelie bins not available to all.

 

Some have been provided paper recycling bins but are not collected.

 

No provision to recycle cans, plastics, card board and vegetable matter.

 

Not enough public transport information.

 

Suggestions

 

Generally local shop/farm shop popular (possibly mobile). Fresh, local, organic produce.

 

Café, bakery.

 

Post boxes in outlying areas eg Delph Lane.

 

Post office within Ring o’ Bells. Road tax from local POs (Moore, Preston Brook)

 

More facilities for recycling, suggested site: Ring o’ Bells car park.  Collection for garden waste, tins, glass, plastic, cardboard.

 

Low cost, reliable services would encourage villagers to use public transport and especially a bus to Stockton Heath. Services combined with car use eg park and ride. Bus services timed to connect with trains.

 

C.     Education

 

C1.      Do children in your household attend local authority schools?   

 

                        Yes      14

                        No       15

N/A     71  

 

 

C2.      Is it important that there is a school in Daresbury parish?            

 

                        Yes      79

                        No                   4

N/A     17

 

 

C3.      Would you like to see priority for enrolment at Daresbury School be given to residents of the parish?        

 

                        Yes      78

                        No                   5

N/A     17                                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                    

C4.      Do you think access to secondary schools is good?                  

 

                        Yes      16

                        No       23

N/A     61

                             

                        

C5.      Do you think there is good access to post 16 year old full time education?                                                                                 

 

                        Yes      21

                        No       12

N/A     67

 

 

C6.      Is there is good access to adult education classes?                 

 

                        Yes      24

                        No       21

N/A     55

 

 

C7.      Should there be provision for adult education using a centre in Daresbury parish?                                                                   

 

                        Yes      41

                        No       29

N/A     30

 

 

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

Daresbury school has an excellent reputation.

 

Northwich and Warrington colleges favoured over Halton.

 

There is not a large demand for adult education, enough colleges locally.

 

Problems

 

Concern over feeder school policies.

 

Halton schools have poor reputation.

 

Choice of FE and AE courses locally is poor. Transport to colleges only OK by car.

 

Not enough information on adult education.

 

Suggestions

 

A school in Daresbury is important for new residents, to keep community together and because it is a good school.

 

Most feel that priority should be given to villagers.

 

Adult education may be worth promoting.

 

 

 

D.     Community Activities

 

D1.      What social activities are you already involved in within Daresbury parish?

 

Local pub, Church, walking, cycling, WI, gardening, Hatton show, Warrington Horse Show, School PTA, gym (Daresbury Laboratory), fishing, shooting.

 

D2.      What social activities are you already involved in outside Daresbury parish? (e.g. cinema, theatre, leisure centre)

           

Cinema, theatre, leisure centre, various sports, pubs and restaurants, casino, book club, Church, walking, bridge, history, quizzes, Stretton YFC, NCT and child development mornings.

 

D3.      Do you think Daresbury parish would benefit from more community activities?                                                                                          

 

                        Yes      37

                        No       24

N/A     39

 

 


D4.      Do you usually attend the Hatton Show?  

 

                        Yes      49

                        No       42

                        N/A     9                                             

 

 

D5.      Do you think  a “Welcome Pack” should be provided for new residents with key local details such as refuse collection days, details of local services and local community activities and contacts?

 

Yes      78

                        No       13

N/A     9                                      

                                                                   

 

D6.      By which of the following ways would you like to be kept informed about parish matters.

 

·       notice board     

 

                        Yes      35

                        No       22

                        N/A     43                             

 

·       parish magazine  

                               

                        Yes      45

                        No       17

                        N/A     38

 

·       parish newsletter    

                             

                        Yes      62

                        No       13

                        N/A     25

 

·       parish website                                       

 

                        Yes      53

                        No       13

                        N/A     34

 

·       free newspaper                                     

 

                        Yes      40

                        No       21

                        N/A     39

 

 


D7.      Do you use the internet at home?                                              

 

                        Yes      80

                        No       17

                        N/A    3

 

 

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

Pub is popular social venue. Walking and cycling also popular.

 

Theatre, cinema and dining out popular outside village. Also leisure centres and sports activities.

 

Internet good for transport information eg local bus and train time tables.

 

Hatton Show good for area, a great tradition and should be encouraged & supported.

 

Most people have access to Internet.

 

Problems

 

Many do not participate in village social activities.

 

Poor promotion of community activities.

 

Welcome pack/ maintenance of website may be costly.

 

Broadband speed slow.

 

Suggestions

 

Annual clean up or wild life projects to involve community. Competitions such as best garden. Musical evenings. Best Kept Village or other social/community activities may be supported but concern that may not be enough interest.

 

Visitor centre might be use to promote more awareness of Community Heritage/Local History.

 

Better promotion of Hatton Show and update competitions and fees. Availability of local and homemade produce.

 

Welcome pack good for newcomers (& existing residents?) though some believe costly and waste of time and money.

 

Website/e-mail favoured but a newsletter for those without Internet.

 

Broadband speed needs improving.

 

 

 

E.     Roads and Traffic

 

E1.       Are the roads in good condition?                                                

 

                        Yes      59

                        No       31

                        N/A     10

 

 

E2.       Are the road signs correctly sited and in good condition?          

 

                        Yes      68

                        No       15

                        N/A     17

 

 

E3.       Are the roads safe for:                                                         

 

·       general traffic   

 

                        Yes      53

                        No       17

                        N/A     30

                             

 

·       pedestrians

 

                        Yes      40

No       40

                        N/A     20                                  

 

·       cyclists                                            

 

                        Yes      41

                        No       33

                        N/A     26

 

·       horses                                             

 

                        Yes      34

                        No       41

                        N/A     25

 

 

E4.       Do you feel that the speed control measures are adequate?       

 

                        Yes      48

                        No       45

                        N/A     7

 

 


E5.       Is the volume of traffic acceptable?                                            

 

                        Yes      64

                        No       27

                        N/A     9

 

 

E6.       Do you consider car parking to be a problem?                           

 

                        Yes      26

                        No       68

                        N/A     6

 

E7.       Are the pavements in a safe condition?                                       

 

                        Yes      59

                        No       12

                        N/A     29

 

 

E8.       Is the street lighting adequate?

 

                        Yes      67

                        No       16

                        N/A     17

 

 

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

Most concerned about condition of roads, traffic volume and speed.

 

Parking concern, particularly regarding school traffic.

 

Lack of pavements away from village.

 

Lighting away from village.

 

Problems

 

Roads in disrepair with pot holes: Chester Road, Delph, Newton, Higher and Grimsditch Lanes. Flooding of Summer/Newton Lanes.

 

Several road signs in need of attention (cleaning, repair, poorly sited) and some more needed in places. Some inaccurate (height restriction wrong on railway bridge on Keckwick Lane) and some dangerous. Too many signs (eg welcome…)

 

Speed of traffic on country lanes. Dangerous for horses, cyclists and walkers. Some feel speed bumps ineffective in slowing traffic.

 

Several lanes used as rat run. Commercial vehicles using Daresbury Lane and other roads as cut-through.

 

Parking in Chester Rd. School parking problem. Parking can be awkward especially because of visitors to Church, Parish Rooms, pub and car-share/commuting parking. Parking dangerous on Daresbury Lane / Chester Road Junction.

 

Lack of pavement on Delph, Keckwick and Daresbury Lanes. Sign post in pavement on Chester Road. Kissing gates (footpaths) a problem for prams/pushchairs.

 

Lighting is patchy. Lack of lighting in Delph and Summer Lanes.

 

Suggestions

 

Warning signs for horses.

 

Speed controls needed on Delph Lane, Keckwick Lane, Newton Lane. Better control needed on Chester Road. Make access only. Open old road to roundabout. Change Chester Road/Daresbury Lane layout. Declassify Daresbury Lane, make into ‘quiet lane’. Anything to reduce speed of motorists; camera, repeater signs.

 

Use of walking bus for school children, reduce use of cars. Off-road car parking for school staff.

 

Suggested footpaths/pavements in Delph Lane, top of Keckwick Lane and one from Daresbury to Hatton.

 

Safe places to cross A56 (Delph Lane, Daresbury Firs and Keckwick Lane) and Chester Road in village. Slow signs or 40mph limit suggested, may also deter ‘boy racers’.

 

Remodel unsightly speed bumps.

 

Resident only parking in village with access only.

 

More lighting in keeping with character of village.

 

 

 

F.     Development

 

F1.       Is there a need to develop the following in the parish?

 

·       commerce and/or industry      

                                      

                        Yes      3

                        No       85

                        N/A     12

 

·       employment opportunities                                             

 

                        Yes      7

                        No       80

                        N/A     13

 


·       housing     

 

                        Yes      12

                        No       79

                        N/A     9                                                                    

 

 

F2.       Would you like to see “affordable housing” in the parish?        

 

                        Yes      30

                        No       49

                        N/A     21

 

 

F3.       If there were new developments, comment on any impacts they would have on the parish

 

Not wanted, any further development will spoil the area. This is a beautiful area, home to many rare wild birds and animals which need to be preserved. Ensure that there are no developments which impact negatively on village character. Develop brown field sites first. Development of housing and business will result in higher traffic volumes, infrastructure will be ruined, shops and bigger schools required, greenbelt destroyed, village character will be ruined & become absorbed within business park. Developments will result in increased noise and light pollution. Few developments are reason for living in Daresbury. Village will lose its identity (cf Lymm). No large developments but selected small developments in harmony with the village environment.

 

F4.       Would you like to see the following recreational facilities?

     

·     village hall

 

                        Yes      60

                        No       17

            N/A     23                                                                                                 

 

·        recreation and sports field    

                                                     

                        Yes      32

                        No       35

                        N/A     33

 

·        education (both youth and adult)

                                               

            Yes      34

            No       31

                        N/A     35

 

·        play areas          

                                                                         

            Yes      35

                        No       30

                        N/A     35

 


·        footpaths and rural pursuits                                                        

 

            Yes      64

                        No       12

                        N/A     24

 

 

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

Most opposed to development of commerce and housing which would spoil the rural nature of village and put pressure on existing services.

 

Most moved to Daresbury to live in quiet rural area.

 

Plenty of employment opportunities already in the area eg Daresbury Park.

 

Development of Parish Rooms generally preferred to new Village Hall.

 

Problems

 

Too much commercial and domestic development already.

 

No infrastructure to support further development.

 

Suggestions

 

Must do everything possible to protect greenbelt.

 

Better use of other existing local industrial estates and/or brown field sites in Runcorn and Widnes.

 

Some selected small developments only if beneficial to community and in harmony with village character.

 

Possibly have affordable housing to help young and old stay in village, staff houses at Daresbury Hall suggested.

 

Parish rooms for LC visitor centre, community activities and promotion of village walks and attributes. Daresbury Firs, Keckwick Hill, canal towpath, Moore and play area at Walton Gardens commended.

 

 

 

G.     Community Safety

      

G1.      Have you suffered from any crime in the parish?                          

 

                        Yes      38

                        No       51

                        N/A     11

 

 

If yes, when did this happen ?

 

 

 

Numbers

%

In the last 6 months

5

13

In the last 2 years

12

31

In the last 5 years

8

20

More than 5 years

14

36

 

 

G2.      If you think details will help in gathering information about crime in Daresbury, please give a description below.

 

House and garage burglary, farm equipment, tools, car theft and damage, caravan damage. Armed robbery. Harassment by Polish Immigrants. Homosexual soliciting in and around Morphany, Summer and Newton Lanes. More frequent police patrols needed throughout the village on a regular basis.

 

G3.      If the crime was reported to the police do you think the response was:

 

·       within an acceptable time                                       

 

                        Yes      50

                        No       22  

                        N/A     28

 

·       thorough

                                                                   

                        Yes      30

                        No       28

                        N/A     42

 

·       sympathetic 

 

                        Yes      46

                        No       15

                        N/A     39

                                                       

·       effective     

 

                        Yes      13

                        No       41

                        N/A     46

 

 

                          

Comments

 

Existing situation

 

In general only a small amount of crime.

 


Problems

 

The police are not effective in dealing with crime in general and are not interested in policing Daresbury.

 

Largely concerns about homosexual soliciting around Lewis Carroll birthplace and wood. Cars parked in lay-bys at night.

 

Travellers are causing concern to Daresbury village residents.

 

Creamfields is causing major concern for many villagers.

 

Suggestions

 

Would be reassuring to see a police officer in Daresbury once in a while!

 

Suggest security or speed cameras by pub.

 

 

 

H.  Please describe below any issues or areas of interest that you have that you think have not been covered by the rest of the questionnaire.

 

Major concerns about Creamfields.

 

Daresbury largely ignored by Halton BC particularly away from village.

 

Concerns also about

 

After school club, connected with Daresbury Primary School requested.

 

A56 isolates Delph Lane residents from village.

 

Promotion of environmentally sound developments eg green roofs on new buildings.

 

Walk around Daresbury leaflet good idea.

 

Support for village community with improved social activities.

 

Community Heritage/Local History awareness could be promoted more.

 

Daresbury residents appear to have much more affinity with Warrington than Halton. Warrington services are used more than Halton. Warrington secondary schools have a better reputation than those in Halton.