At the Christmas event at St Martin’s Church and Community Centre on 15 December, we asked people to Make a Wish for Allenton. We were speaking to local residents to find out what they’d like to see in Allenton in 2019 as part of the Profile Review for Allenton Big Local. One of the Make A Wish cards was selected at random to win a £50 shopping voucher. The prize draw winner has been notified and the voucher is on its way to them – just in time for Christmas.
Over the last three months we have been consulting widely with residents to get their views and find out whether they think that the Allenton Big Local priorities and activities are still the right ones for the local area.
We have spoken to people through:
- an online survey
- face-to-face discussions with local retailers, business owners and market stall holders
- a series of focus groups
- one-to-one interviews with local people
- talking to older residents at a coffee morning and Christmas lunch
- talking to families at the annual Christmas event
Overall, the feedback we’ve received has endorsed the three existing priorities and supports the kind of activities the Allenton Big Local project has delivered so far. Residents agree that the current priorities for action are still relevant, successfully address the priorities, and are having an impact. People who have engaged directly in the activities say that being involved has made a positive difference and they are satisfied with what has been delivered.
There have also been some recurring comments and ideas emerging from the discussions, focus groups, interviews and resident feedback. These are summarised in the initial report to Allenton Big Local partnership. The consultation has identified some activity gaps which the partnership will address as they formulate the next Big Local plan for Allenton.
The online survey will remain open until 31 December and, in early January, all of the feedback will be analysed and reported on in full. We will share the full Profile Review Report in a future post here on the Allenton Big Local website.