Survey gives snapshot of what people think of Wellingborough

Liam Peck won an iPad after completing a survey about Wellingborough's new Stanton Cross
Liam Peck won an iPad after completing a survey about Wellingborough's new Stanton Cross

Results from a survey carried out by a developer have given an insight into people’s views on Wellingborough’s Stanton Cross development and the town.

Bovis Homes, the main developer behind the development, carried out the survey to ascertain awareness of the scheme and discover how people find out what’s going on in the area.

Of the 201 residents who took part in the survey, 46 per cent knew that Stanton Cross was a development to the east of Wellingborough’s train station.

When the scheme and benefits associated with it were explained to those surveyed, 74 per cent believed Stanton Cross would be good for Wellingborough, while 13 per cent were undecided and 13 per cent felt it would not be good for the area.

The survey also revealed that residents felt the best thing about Wellingborough was its sense of community (33 per cent), accessibility of shops, amenities, transport and proximity to other urban centres (28 per cent) and free parking (10 per cent).

When asked what they would change about Wellingborough, 39 per cent said that the retail offering needed improvement, while 16 per cent said the town’s appearance was ‘run down’ and in need of change.

The need to upgrade road and train infrastructure was the third most frequent response with 12 per cent.

The results also revealed that the majority of respondents used local papers as their primary source of local news (26.5 per cent), followed closely by online/websites (19.5 per cent).

John Lougher, managing director of South Midlands Region at Bovis Homes, said: “We’d like to thank all the people that took the time to take part in our survey for their feedback.

“We will take all the information received on board and the results will be used to help shape how we communicate to the local community about the schemes progress moving forwards.”

Liam Peck, 35, of Wellingborough was one of those who took part in the survey to find out people’s views of the Stanton Cross development and he won an iPad for taking part.

He said: “I initially took part in the survey as I am looking to purchase a property in the Wellingborough area and was interested in Stanton Cross.

“I think any development that brings more employment opportunities and also attracts people into the town can only be a positive one for Wellingborough.

“Hearing and looking at the plans for Stanton Cross, I think it would be a great place to live and work in.”

Once completed, the Stanton Cross development will have 3,200 new homes, shops, schools, commercial space, a town park, community centre and doctors surgery.

Major improvements to roads and public transport will also take place.