Residents have their say on what they want to see in Emsworth

Jo Dyer, left, and Stephanie Elsy who are involved with residents making their own neighbourhood plan for Emsworth 'Picture: Ian Hargreacves (132783-3)
Jo Dyer, left, and Stephanie Elsy who are involved with residents making their own neighbourhood plan for Emsworth 'Picture: Ian Hargreacves (132783-3)
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  • Emsworth Forum publishes results of survey
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MORE cycle lanes, more free parking, a gym and an indoor swimming pool.

These are just some of the things on the wish-list for residents in Emsworth as one of the biggest surveys in recent years takes place.

It comes as the Emsworth Forum, which has about 400 members, is working with the residents’ and business association to produce a ground-breaking ‘neighbourhood plan’ that will help steer the town’s development in the coming years.

Emsworth will be the first community in the Havant borough to have a statutory masterplan, produced by the people for the people, that planners will have to consult.

The first step to producing the plan was the survey, covering a range of local issues. A total of 224 replies were received.

On transport, people wanted more parking spaces and residents-only parking, as well as improved pedestrian crossings.

The survey showed more leisure facilities were wanted, particularly for younger people. There were also calls for a new medical centre to be built in Emsworth.

And responders called for improved recycling, particularly by collecting glass separately, and for the council to empty litter bins more regularly, especially around the Mill Pond.

Concerns were raised about flooding as new housing developments are built.

People wanted space for industry, small businesses and more shops and restaurants.

The survey is now being built upon through a series of weekly meetings, where more information can be collected.

The meeting on education identified the desire for a youth festival or youth council for Emsworth.

It is hoped the plan will be ready next year.

Stephanie Elsy, who leads the forum, said: ‘It’s very exciting.

‘The meetings have been fantastic.

‘The passion people feel for the town is superb.’

She added: ‘It’s about us taking some responsibility for the future of the town and not just saying “it’s up to the council”.’

The final meeting, which covers transport, takes place at Emsworth Community Centre from 7pm next Wednesday.