Update from our recent residents’ survey June 2021
What you told us about Pembury…
Thank you to everyone who filled in our online survey about Pembury! We had a brilliant response with over 140 households telling us their views.
We asked you what you like most about living here and the overwhelming feedback was the village atmosphere, the friendliness of the local community and our beautiful rural setting, with over half of you mentioning these points. You also pointed to the good range of local facilities and amenities, with particular mention given to the school, local shops and the pubs. Our location too received a lot of attention, being well-placed to access the main road network as well as railway stations not too far away. Finally our extensive network of footpaths and twittens have clearly been heavily explored during the lockdown periods, as many of you wrote about these and the views and natural features that can be found en route.
Our second question looked ahead to the future, and what we might need to do to keep Pembury special and improve it further. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was a host of comments relating to traffic and car parking (or lack of). Lots of you asked for more to be done to reduce speeding, possibly introducing traffic calming measures, as well as discouraging cars from parking on pavements.
We also received lots of comments about the need for more activities and facilities, particularly for younger people in the parish – ideas included a café at the rec, resurfacing the tennis courts, an off-road bike track and skateboard area, as well as places for teenagers to meet safely.
Thinking of future growth of the parish, concerns were raised about making sure that any new housing meets local needs – for instance houses for those wishing to downsize, as well as affordable homes for those starting out on the housing ladder.
Prize draw winner
Congratulations to Ryan Bull whose name was randomly drawn from all those who completed the survey. Ryan has won a £25 voucher!
Developing a vision for the parish
Following on from the online survey, the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group hosted an online interactive Visioning
Event at the end of April. Again we had an excellent response from the local community with over 80 individuals and families registering
to take part.
Thank you to those who made it on the evening – it’s not easy having to use Zoom, and we look forward to a time (hopefully not too far away) when we can host an event in the village hall in person.
But in the meantime, the event was very successful and provided us with a lot of material to start developing a draft Vision and Objectives
for Pembury that can be delivered by the Neighbourhood Development Plan – either through planning policies or by community
actions and projects.
Thinking forward, how would you describe Pembury in 2036?
Visioning Event – Wednesday 21 April 2021, 7pm
Pembury Parish Council invite you to this online Presentation and Interactive Q&A on the Pembury Neighbourhood Development Plan
Presentation by Jim Boot & Alison Eardley, Planning Consultants
• What the Pembury Neighbourhood Development Plan is and how it sits alongside the TWBC Local Plan
• Update on proposed development sites
• Consultation period and timeline
• How would you like to see Pembury Parish evolve in the next 15-20 years?
Bring your ideas and have your say via interactive workshops
Photographic Competition Winner
Thank you for all of the wonderful photographs of Pembury! The overall winner was Philip David with his photograph “Beatiful Autumn colours as sunset approaches” from the Old Coach Road.
Please check out our page with details of all of the photographs submitted.
Village News article
The Pembury Neighbourhood Plan has been featured in the Winter edition of the Pembury Village News! Here is a copy of our article, which explains a bit more about what the Neighbourhood Plan is and the sorts of things it will cover.
Winter Update on the Pembury Neighbourhood Plan from Cllr Nigel Stratton
Nigel has played a key role in getting the Pembury Neighbourhood Plan up and running. Read his latest update.
We want to hear your views about Pembury!
The ongoing Covid-19 restrictions means that we are unable to hold any events or exhibitions at the moment, but we still want to hear what you have to say about Pembury as a place to live.
Please complete our online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PemburyNP. It won’t take very long but will provide our volunteers in the different Neighbourhood Plan Working Groups with lots of helpful information.
It’s also an opportunity to share your details with us so that we can keep you updated on how the Neighbourhood Plan is going or follow up with you if you’d like to get a bit more involved.
Visions of Pembury – Photograph Competition
The competition has now closed! Thank you to everyone that sent in their photographs. We had a wonderful selection! The winner and highly commended photos will be announced in the spring edition of the PVN