People who live in Whitehill & Bordon will have the opportunity to have their say and contribute to the regeneration of the town by filling in one of two surveys that will be released by East Hampshire District Council.
The surveys will be posted through the doors of randomly selected households in Whitehill & Bordon and everyone who fills in the survey will not only be contributing to the future and growth of the town but will also be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of high street shopping vouchers.
The transformation of Whitehill & Bordon from garrison to prosperous green and healthy town is a key flagship project in East Hampshire.
The regeneration includes new homes, a new school, a new town centre with shopping, leisure and health facilities as well as commercial space to create new jobs and several green spaces throughout the town.
One of the surveys will give residents the opportunity to tell the council what they like about living in Whitehill & Bordon, how they feel about the changes and what is important for them in the future. It will allow EHDC to gauge the quality of life in the town, as well as the impact the regeneration is having and how satisfied people are with the changes.
The survey will ask residents how satisfied they are with the economic development, education, health provision, environment, services on offer and public safety in the town. The results of the survey will help EHDC to reflect the residents’ views to the partners involved in the regeneration to make sure they are all focussing their resources in the right places and achieving the best outcomes for the town in the future.
The second survey has been designed as part of the Healthy New Town (HNT) programme and has a focus on the health and wellbeing of residents. The town is one of only 10 NHS England Healthy New Town demonstrator sites in the UK. The aim of the programme is to help residents live healthy, active and independent lives and have the care they need in the right place and at the right time.
The questions in the survey will give EHDC an indication of the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of people who live in Whitehill & Bordon so it can assess the impact the HNT programme has had on residents so far. It will allow the council to understand the levels of loneliness, lifestyle and health and wellbeing of people who live in the area which will allow it to tailor projects in the future.
EHDC will then be able to target projects to certain demographics so it can work with partners to improve the lives of all residents.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “We are giving residents the opportunity to help us fine-tune the things we should be focussing our attention on.
“With such a big project, it is extremely important that the residents are at the heart of every decision and they are proud of the town that they live in – this survey will hopefully help us achieve that and give people another way to give us their feedback.
“We will listen to the results of the surveys and take action to make it an even better town for its existing and future residents.”
Some residents of Whitehill & Bordon can expect to see one of the two surveys come through their letterboxes from Friday 16 February.
There will be a link on the survey if people would rather complete it online. The closing date for the survey is Friday 30 March.