Thanks to everyone who has visited the website and completed a questionnaire. We were delighted to receive over 360 responses and it has been fascinating to understand what you value, what you think works well, and where there is room for improvement alongside your many ideas for the future of Kingsbury and Market Square. We are currently reflecting on your feedback which is informing our design brief as we start to develop concept designs for each of the spaces and your feedback is proving to be a massive help – THANK YOU!
Here are the key findings from the first stage survey:
When asked what you like most about Kingsbury, heritage comes first at 51%, followed by the public open space (43%) then leisure (32%). 72% of you would like to see improvements to the public open space, 70% would like there to be more planting and 54% would like to see reduced vehicle access. The key issues you have identified are first, safety, security and anti-social behaviour (84%), second, the quality of space (51%) followed by the effects of vehicle access (41%).
When asked what people like most about Market Square, heritage is first with 81%, followed by markets and events (66%), then the public open space (51%). 69% of you would like to see more planting, 63% would like to see improvements to the public open space and 55% would like reduced vehicle access. The key issues identified are first, safety, security and anti-social behaviour (52%), second, the quality of the space (50%), followed by effects of vehicle access (45%).
We can really hear people’s appreciation of Aylesbury’s heritage coming through, alongside a desire to maximise the potential of both Kingsbury and Market Square as liveable spaces with a great offer that works day and evening, all year round. There have been some lovely ideas about celebrating Aylesbury’s (sometimes hidden) assets and clear responses to several key issues that we will need to look into further - including parking, loading and deliveries etc. alongside how to design the spaces to address safety and anti-social behaviour and the needs of all.
Please get in touch if you have any further comments or ideas. We look forward to sharing the emerging concept designs in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, it would be great if you could take the 360 degree interactive walkabout of the spaces in their current form and post any further comments.
Just a reminder to sign up for the online meetings where we will be sharing the pre-planning design proposals for Kingsbury and Market Square and inviting you to join the conversation. Read more...
Come and take a look at the Pre-Planning Design Proposals! We are excited to be able to share the design proposals with you and have tried to offer the information in a number of different formats. We hope you can take the time to either view the Interactive Exhibition, read through the Proposals section on the website, or join us in one of our online presentation sessions. Click to find out more...
Coming soon in February... We've been busy developing design proposals for Kingsbury and Market Square public realm, which will be available to view online in mid-February. As part of our Stage Three Engagement, we are offering the opportunity for you to come and discuss the ideas in a series of online meetings where we will share the emerging proposals and invite you to ask questions and give feedback. Click to read more about how you can take part.