Pevensey residents urged to take part in survey

A PEVENSEY questionnaire on village life has received a good response.

But organisers are calling on more residents to take part as the deadline has been extended.

The village is one of only six in Sussex and Kent to be trailing a local website called Community21.

The website includes a questionnaire which gives residents a chance to have their say about the facilities in their village and contribute to a community-led action plan.

It was launched around a month ago and while many people have logged on to have their say, Pevensey Area Community Team (PACT) is calling for more people to take part.

So far, the biggest response has come from older members of the community with 56 per cent of those taking part over 65.

There have been no responses from people under 30 and PACT is appealing to the younger villagers to take part.

The questionnaire asks parishioners about facilities, crime and safety in the village.

The most recent results show that 66 per cent of people wanted to see improvements to the general tidiness of the village and 54 per cent wanted to see better parking.

Everyone who has taken part so far has said they feel safe in the parish but 49 per cent said they were worried about anti-social behaviour and 44 per cent selected vandalism as an area of concern.

The villagers were also asked what they liked about living in Pevensey and many people used words like ‘friendly, quiet and peaceful’ in their answers.

Owen Visick, a member of PACT, which is trailing the Community21 website, said, “Everyone in the parish can take part in the questionnaire and it is not just one per household – each individual can complete the questionnaire.

“This is a great opportunity to have your say in the village. Don’t miss it.”

Residents can find out more and take part at www.pevensey.community21.org.

Hard copies of the questionnaire are available from the library, post office, information centre, the Beach Tavern public house, The Kiosk in Beachlands, The Court House or the Smugglers Inn.

The closing date has been extended to the end of September in the hope that more people will take part.