Questionnaire Results (2008)

Theale Village Questionnaire

HOUSEHOLD SECTION

Question 1
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Q: How many people including children normally live in your household?

A: 1466


Question 2
NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Q: Please enter the number of people in your household in each age group:

Male Female
0-4: 53 51
5-10: 52 43
11-15 : 41 39
16-17 : 11 12
18-24 : 45 54
25-44 : 217 233
45-59 142 155
60-64 58 45
65-74 57 60
75-84 32 36
85+ 5 25

Question Number : 3 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Where does your household live?

Church Street to Wigmore Lane 93 (15%)
Englefield Road 39 (6%)
Blossom Avenue 78 (13%)
CrownLane to Blossom Lane 78 (13%)
Meadow Way estate 152 (25%)
Station Road 10 (2%)
High Street & James Butcher Drive 63 (10%)
Woodfield Way estate 105 (17%)

Question Number : 4 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Is your dwelling within a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme?

Yes 110 (18%)
No 218 (35%)
Don’t know 287 (46%)

Question Number : 5 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 505

If you answered ‘No’ or ‘Don’t know’ to Q4, would you join a neighbourhood Watch if available?

Yes 307 (61%)
No 88 (17%)
Don’t know 105 (21%)

Question Number : 6 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Does your dwelling have any of the following energy saving features?

Lagged hot water tank 388 (63%)
Loft insulation 440 (71%)
Double glazing 533 (86%)
Secondary glazing 25 (4%)
Cavity wall insulation 208 (34%)
Water-saving device 107 (17%)
Low energy light bulbs 470 (76%)
Solar panels 3 (1%)
Wind turbine 0 (0%)
Other 7 (1%)
None 5 (1%)

Question Number : 7 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Would you be interested in joining a Theale environmental group?

Yes 131 (21%)
No 446 (72%)

Question Number : 8 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Do you have problems with surface water?

Many problems 21 (3%)
Few problems 143 (23%)
No problems 428 (69%)
Don’t know 17 (3%)

Question Number : 9 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Do you have problems with storm drainage?

Many problems 19 (3%)
Some problems 115 (19%)
No problems 434 (70%)
Don’t know 38 (6%)

Question Number : 10 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

Do you have problems with the sewers?

Many problems 31 (5%)
Some problems 143 (23%)
No problems 410 (66%)
Don’t know 23 (4%)

Question Number : 11 NNUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

If any of your school age children don’t take part in after school activities, please give the reason why:

Lack of transport home 2 (0%)
Distance between home/school 6 (1%)
Expense 14 (2%)
Special needs not catered for 3 (1%)
Other 13 (2%)
Not interested 17 (3%)
Not applicable 382 (62%)

Question Number : 12 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

How many roadworthy vehicles are kept by your household?

Cars 819
Vans 71
Motor bikes 35
Specially adapted vehicles 2
Lorries 2
Bicycles 329

Question Number : 13 NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS RESPONDING: 618

How many vehicles are used by your household during the week for journeys to work or education or for going shopping?

Cars 735
Vans 67
Motor-cycles 17
Specially adapted vehicles 4
Lorries 2
Bicycles 63

PERSONAL SECTION

Question Number : 14 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,228

Gender

Male 584 (48%)
Female 644 (52%)

Question Number : 15 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,225

What age group do you belong to?

11-15 73 (6%)
16-17 23 (2%)
18-24 91 (7%)
25-44 436 (36%)
45-59 290 (24%)
60-64 101 (8%)
65-74 117 (10%)
75-84 65 (5%)
85+ 29 (2%)

Question Number : 16 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,168

What is most important to you about Theale?
very important important unimportant

The community 386 (33%) 456 (39%) 93 (8%)
The environment 474 (41%) 363 (31%) 62 (5%)
Theale’s location 562 (48%) 353 (30%) 84 (7%)
Facilities in the village 601 (52%) 338 (29%) 47 (4%)
Other 27 (2%) 11 (1%) 13 (1%)
No opinion 19 (2%) 1 (0%) 12 (1%)

Question Number : 17 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,171

How do you view the quality of life in Theale compared to 10 years ago?

Resident less than 10 years 365 (31%)
Better 94 (8%)
Worse 414 (35%)
The same 183 (16%)
No opinion 115 (10%)

Question Number : 18 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,167

Which of the following is your major means of transport to work or education?

Not applicable 92 (8%)
Car or van 711 (61%)
Public bus 47 (4%)
Private or school bus 4 (0%)
Taxi 2 (0%)
Bicycle 16 (1%)
Motorcycle or scooter or moped 12 (1%)
Train 74 (6%)
Walking 197 (17%)
Lift with a friend neighbour or colleague 7 (1%)
Other 5 (0%)

Question Number : 19 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,127

In which direction do you normally travel to leave Theale to go to work or education?

Do not leave Theale 298 (26%)
By rail going East 73 (7%)
By rail going West 23 (2%)
East over the M4 or onto the M4 490 (44%)
West along the A4 towards Newbury 137 (12%)
North towards Bradfield/Tidmarsh/Pangbourne 77 (7%)
South over canal 29 (3%)

Question Number : 20 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,159

What are your views on each of the following statements?

Strongly Strongly Neither agree
Agree Agree Disagree Disagree nor disagree
Speeding traffic is a problem
along The Green 382 (33%) 325 (28%) 72 (6%) 11 (1%) 316 (27%)

There should be a footpath along the A340 from Englefield Rd
to Wickcroft Farm 420 (36%) 368 (32%) 44 (4%) 13 (1%) 236 (20%)

Access to the train station platforms
should be made easier 409 (35%) 330 (29%) 58 (5%) 4 (0%) 283 (24%)

Question Number : 21 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,138

Is the signage for the following adequate?

Yes No No opinion

Public footpaths and bridleways 508 (45%) 297 (26%) 313 (28%)
Cycle routes 264 (23%) 400 (35%) 404 (36%)
Public car parks 589 (52%) 236 (21%) 264 (23%)

Question Number : 22 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,168

There should be safer pedestrian access to Arlington Business Park

Yes 912 (78%)
No 37 (3%)
No opinion 219 (19%)

Question Number : 23 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 951

If Yes what method would be appropriate?

Very Very
appropriate Appropriate Inappropriate inappropriate
Traffic light controlled pedestrian
crossing on the road 190 (20%) 107 (11%) 110 (12%) 195 (21%)
Foot bridge 465 (49%) 191 (20%) 48 (5%) 21 (2%)
Subway 147 (16%) 168 (18%) 117 (12%) 117 (12%)
Shuttle bus 74 (8%) 103 (11%) 167 (18%) 142 (15%)
Other 12 (1%) 15 (2%) 5 (1%) 6 (1%)

Question Number : 24 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,167

Please indicate your view on each of the following statements

Yes No No opinion
There should be more cycle routes
in Theale 613 (53%) 128 (11%) 377 (32%)
More information about bus routes and timetables needs
to be displayed in the village 840 (72%) 61 (5%) 230 (20%)
There should be a tourist information map
on the High Street 573 (49%) 186 (16%) 354 (30%)
The sides of the footbridge over the M4
should be raised 539 (46%) 248 (21%) 327 (28%)

Question Number : 25 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,169

What are your views on each of the following statements?

Strongly Strongly Neither agree
Agree Agree Disagree Disagree nor disagree
Law enforcement in the village
is good 39 (3%) 270 (23%) 418 (36%) 213 (18%) 177 (15%)
Police response times to incidents in
Theale are satisfactory 25 (2%) 196 (17%) 282 (24%) 166 (14%) 441 (38%)
I am concerned about
property safety 483 (41%) 423 (36%) 102 (9%) 10 (1%) 106 (9%)
The police Dispersal Orders
are effective 29 (3%) 270 (23%) 302 (26%) 190 (16%) 311 (27%)
The police work well with
the community 50 (4%) 410 (35%) 205 (18%) 83 (7%) 360 (31%)
A manned police station is needed
in Theale 684 (59%) 274 (23%) 81 (7%) 4 (0%) 107 (9%)
The Parish Council should prioritise funding
for a Neighbourhood Warden 458 (39%) 350 (30%) 80 (7%) 27 (2%) 204 (18%)

Question Number : 26 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,164

Please indicate your views on each of the following

Strongly Strongly Neither agree
Agree Agree Disagree Disagree nor disagree
Speed restrictions in the village
are adequate 164 (14%) 517 (44%) 256 (22%) 161 (14%) 50 (4%)
Pedestrian safety in the village
is acceptable 99 (9%) 529 (45%) 336 (29%) 131 (11%) 44 (4%)
Better lighting for paths & communal areas is
required in parts of the village 359 (31%) 447 (38%) 127 (11%) 16 (1%) 185 (16%)
I would support a Good Neighbour
Scheme 291 (25%) 455 (39%) 65 (6%) 8 (1%) 286 (25%)

Question Number : 27 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,158

What are your views on each of the following statements?

Strongly Strongly Neither agree
Agree Agree Disagree Disagree nor disagree
I do not encounter abusive, irresponsible
or anti-social behaviour 116 (10%) 377 (33%) 362 (31%) 189 (16%) 79 (7%)
I see vandalism as being a problem
in the village 425 (37%) 469 (41%) 126 (11%) 29 (3%) 87 (8%)
I don’t think litter is a problem in
the village 83 (7%) 363 (31%) 411 (36%) 215 (19%) 59 (5%)
I see dog fouling as a problem in
the village 299 (26%) 361 (31%) 295 (26%) 46 (4%) 128 (11%)

Question Number : 28 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,176

Please indicate your views on each of the following

Strongly Strongly Neither agree
Agree Agree Disagree Disagree nor disagree
I welcome travellers to encamp
in the village 45 (4%) 10 (1%) 102 (9%) 977 (83%) 18 (2%)
Village life is disrupted when
travellers are present 859 (73%) 175 (15%) 23 (2%) 67 (6%) 33 (3%)
Local authorities have not taken enough action to prevent
travellers returning to Theale 737 (63%) 220 (19%) 67 (6%) 44 (4%) 87 (7%)
Permanent local sites would prevent unauthorised
Traveller settlements 198 (17%) 189 (16%) 243 (21%) 359 (31%) 158 (13%)

Question Number : 29 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,124

Do you think local facilities and provision for young people are adequate?

Yes 209 (19%)
No 915 (81%)

Question Number : 30 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 910

If you answered No to Question 29, which of the following would you like to see provided?

Drop in centre 450 (50%)
Youth centre 750 (82%)
Skate park 421 (46%)
Internet café 386 (42%)
Bike or BMX track 424 (47%)
Ball wall 372 (41%)

Question Number : 31 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 570

PARENTS ONLY PLEASE

What sort of organised activities would you wish your pre-school children to take part in if they were available in Theale?

No preschool children 382 (67%)
Swimming 182 (32%)
Parent & baby group 112 (20%)
Toddler gymnastics 126 (22%)
Preschool music 135 (24%)
Other 29 (5%)

Question Number : 32 & 33 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 541

PARENTS ONLY PLEASE

What sort of organised activities would you wish your primary school children to take part in if they were available in Theale?

Sporting activities

No Primary School children 366 (68%
Swimming 180 (33%)
Football 121 (22%)
Cricket 85 (16%)
Rugby 69 (13%)
Hockey 45 ( 8%)
Tennis 109 (20%)
Badminton 76 (14%)
Squash 44 ( 8%)
Table tennis 66 (12%)

Non-sporting activities

Rainbows & Beavers 81 (51%)
Brownies & Cubs 114 (72%)
Badgers St Johns Ambulance 57 (36%)
Music or Choir 85 (54%)
Art or Drama 107 (67%)
Other 15 (9%)

Question Number : 34 & 35 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 547

SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS

What sort of organised activities would you wish to take part in if they were available in Theale?

Sporting activities

No Secondary School children 392 (72%)
Swimming 147 (27%)
Football 93 (17%)
Cricket 58 (11%)
Rugby 56 (10%)
Hockey 39 (7%)
Tennis 89 (16%)
Badminton 83 (15%)
Squash 52 (10%)
Table tennis 77 (14%)

Non-sporting activities

Guides & Scouts 51 (39%)
St Johns Ambulance 43 (33%)
Music or Choir 54 (41%)
Art or Drama 90 (69%)
Other 45 (34%)

Question Number : 36 & 37 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 761

ALL ADULTS PLEASE

What sort of organised activities would you take part in if they were available in Theale?

Sporting activities

Swimming 637 (84%)
Crown green bowling 135 (18%
Football 95 (13%)
Cricket 44 (6%)
Rugby 35 (5%)
Hockey 41 (5%)
Tennis 201 (26%)
Badminton 240 (32%)
Squash 115 (15%)
Table tennis 130 (17%)

Non-sporting activities

Rambling 251 (52%)
Music or Choir 90 (19%)
Art or Drama 137 (28%)
Village Hall light lunches 92 (19%)
Whist drives 41 (9%
Other 124 (26%)

Question Number : 38 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,082

Would you attend more local events if information about them was easily available?

Yes 873 (81%)
No 209 (19%)

Question Number : 39 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,102

Where would you prefer to find the information ?

Village website 544 (49%)
Printed newsletters 654 (59%)
Notice Board 550 (50%)
Local paper 335 (30%)
Village Life 662 (60%)
The Villager 333 (30%)
Parish Magazine 372 (34%)

Question Number : 40 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,091

What village information would you like to see and where would you like to see it?

Village Notice
website Newsletter board Newspaper

Library opening times 375 (34%) 210 (19%) 190 (17%) 22 (2%)
Bus and train timetables 394 (36%) 228 (21%) 269 (25%) 21 (2%)
Sports/leisure centre opening hours 402 (37%) 242 (22%) 122 (11%) 23 (2%)
Local events 390 (36%) 382 (35%) 160 (15%) 44 (4%)
Sports events 290 (27%) 269 (25%) 113 (10%) 42 (4%)
Youth clubs 255 (23%) 186 (17%) 121 (11%) 26 (2%)
Entertainment 352 (32%) 337 (31%) 123 (11%) 42 (4%)
Local pub events 327 (30%) 312 (29%) 143 (13%) 39 (4%)
Fetes and jumble sales 315 (29%) 328 (30%) 159 (15%) 41 (4%)
Other 75 (7%) 47 (4%) 16 (2%) 1 (0%)

Question Number : 41 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,144

How frequently do you go swimming ?

Daily 21 (2%)
Weekly 133 (12%)
Monthly 76 (7%)
Occasionally 482 (42%)
Never 432 (38%)

Question Number : 42 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 655

If you do currently go swimming, how far do you travel to a pool?

Up to Up to Up to More than
3 miles 5 miles 10 miles 10 miles

By bike 12 (2%) 4 (1%) 4 (1%) 0 (0%)
By car 124 (19%) 238 (36%) 185 (28%) 67 (10%)
By public transport 15 (2%) 24 (4%) 11 (2%) 7 (1%)

Question Number : 43 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,047

Would you use a swimming pool in Theale?

Yes No

Indoor pool 884 (84%) 159 (15%)
Outdoor pool 411 (39%) 336 (32%)

Question Number : 44 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 884

If Yes to Question 43, when would you use an Indoor pool?

Weekdays in the daytime 348 (39%)
Weekdays in the evening 624 (71%)
Weekends in the daytime 684 (77%)
Weekends in the evening 344 (39%)

Question Number : 45 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 712

If Yes to Question 43, when would you use an Outdoor pool?

Weekdays in the daytime 165 (23%)
Weekdays in the evening 228 (32%)
Weekends in the daytime 412 (58%)
Weekends in the evening 168 (24%)
Wouldn’t use an outdoor pool 247 (35%)

Question Number : 46 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 1,136

Do you use the leisure centre at Theale Green Community School?

Yes 273 (24%)
No 863 (76%)

Question Number : 47 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 294

If you answered yes to Question 46 are you satisfied with:

Yes No

Parking space 200 (68%) 66 (22%)
Access to the site 172 (59%) 92 (31%)
Changing facilities 120 (41%) 112 (38%)
Showers 84 (29%) 128 (44%)
Toilets 133 (45%) 104 (35%)
Range of activities 166 (56%) 77 (26%)
Other 19 (7%) 6 (2%)

Question Number : 48 NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO QUESTION : 770

If you answered no to Question 46 is it because of:

Yes No

I use another leisure centre 174 (23%) 80 (10%)
Parking space 29 (4%) 103 (13%)
Cost 112 (15%) 89 (12%)
Access to the site 28 (4%) 100 (13%)
Changing facilities 60 (8%) 86 (11%)
Showers 53 (7%) 84 (11%)
Toilets 40 (5%) 93 (12%)
Range of activities 143 (19%) 63 (8%)
Not aware of Theale Leisure Centre 134 (17%) 73 (10%)
Not interested 226 (29%) 61 (8%)
Other 96 (13%) 12 (2%)