Questionnaire results reveal your likes and gripes about Sid valley

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The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan logo - Credit: Archant

The protection of the Sid Valley’s natural beauty is among residents’ top concerns, a major questionnaire has revealed.

And people’s main dislikes about the town include transport - and East Devon District Council.

The first wave of results from a questionnaire for the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan were revealed at a Sidmouth Town Council meeting by Tim Salt, an administrator for the plan’s steering group.

In total, 1,107 people had their say on the plan during a consultation which ran from June 6 - July 25 – a nine per cent response rate.

Overall, 587 paper questionnaires were completed, while 122 people filled out an online survey.

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People were asked what they loved most about the town and the top answer, with 160 votes, was Sidmouth’s natural beauty, environment, valley, The Byes and hills.

Sidmouth’s second most-loved qualities were the seafront, sea, Jacob’s Ladder, cliffs and The Esplanade - all of which got 73 votes.

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Some 60 people said community life, spirit and the sense of community in Sidmouth was what they liked most.

In total, 88 people said the thing they liked least about the town was transport, which included parking, cars, traffic and speeding.

The second most-disliked response was East Devon District Council, said some 45 residents. This included topics such as planning, the Local Plan and Knowle.

Housing and inflated prices due to wealthy retirees, along with elderly residents and too much emphasis on their needs, were next on the list with 25 votes each.

Overall, 328 residents said they were most interested in the environment and the protection of the countryside; 324 said health and care facilities; and 315 respondents said they were most interested in transport – including things like parking, traffic management and walking.

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