Ashbourne Road Community Survey

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Date posted: 28 October 2011

A survey of almost 2,000 Derby residents on issues and ideas is being conducted by Ashbourne Road Church and the University.

The new survey of Ashbourne Road area residents builds on one in 2007. This resulted in community meetings between residents, the church, the University and local service providers, to resolve issues.

Peter Walker, University Community Relations Officer, has supported this initiative since 2008, strengthening ties between the University and residents.

The programme of work that resulted from discussions following the earlier 2007 survey was captured in a 'time-tree' poster by University of Derby graduate, artist Mair Perkins.

Peter said: "It surprised us all, just what had been discussed and perhaps what progress had actually been made in how we are working together."

James Beckett, President of University of Derby Students' Union, added: "Being involved with projects like these greatly helps us to build upon the relationships between local residents and students; to form friendly, safe and secure communities".

The new survey will assess changes since 2007 and any actions needed.

A printed survey has been sent to around 2,000 households and one made available online. The completion deadline for the questionnaires is Friday 4 November.

Analysis of the data will be done jointly by the University, the church and the community; and openly discussed at a residents' meeting at Ashbourne Road Church on Thursday 1 December. A decision will then be taken on what new projects are needed.

Ian Kemp, Minister at Ashbourne Road Church said: "With the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics in 2012, it could be a very exciting year for the local community and all its members."

Horace Gregory, a local community member, added: "Being a local resident I would encourage everyone to complete the survey and come along to the meeting on 1 December.

"This is an ideal opportunity to engage with the University, to resolve any concerns we have in a positive and friendly way. We also need ideas for social activities within the community."

For more information about this Community News story contact Jason Nichols at the University on 01332 591945 or email:

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