Wellingborough residents have their say on the town

Residents of Wellingborough have been asked about what they think of Stanton Cross and the town
Residents of Wellingborough have been asked about what they think of Stanton Cross and the town

A survey has given a snapshot of people’s views on Wellingborough’s Stanton Cross development and the town itself.

Bovis Homes, the main developer behind the scheme, carried out the survey to see if people knew about the development and how people find out about what’s going on in the area.

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

When the scheme and associated benefits were explained to them, 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 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 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 majority of people who responded to the survey said local papers were their primary source of local news, closely followed by online news.

John Lougher from South Midlands Region at Bovis Homes said: “We’d like to thank all the people who took the time to take part in our survey for their feedback.”

Liam Peck, 35, of Wellingborough won an iPad for taking part in the survey and said: “I initially I 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.”

Stanton Cross will have 3,200 homes, shops, schools, commercial space, community centre and GP surgery.