Stage One Survey: What we learned

October 23, 2020

Flyers inviting people to get involved with the first engagement activity of the project
Flyers inviting people to get involved with the first engagement activity of the project

Thank you

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!

Key Findings

Here are the key findings from the first stage survey:

Kingsbury

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%).

Bar chart showing what people like most about Kingsbury
Bar chart showing what all user groups like most about Kingsbury
Bar chart showing the public realm improvements people would like to see in Kingsbury
Bar chart showing the public realm improvements all user groups would like to see in Kingsbury

Market Square

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%).

Bar chart showing what people like most about Market Square
Bar chart showing what all user groups like most about Market Square
Bar chart showing what pubic realm improvements people would like to see in Market Square
Bar chart showing the public realm improvements that all user groups would like to see in Market Square

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.

Get in Touch

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.

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