Dogs, lack of cafes among issues raised by responses to survey

Greater Green Island Community Network workers Amanda Reid (left) and Leanne Stenhouse (right) have been joined by social work intern Meg Beamish for three months as they respond to the results of a wide-ranging community survey. Photo by Brenda Harwood.
Greater Green Island Community Network workers Amanda Reid (left) and Leanne Stenhouse (right) have been joined by social work intern Meg Beamish for three months as they respond to the results of a wide-ranging community survey. Photo by Brenda Harwood.
Pop-up cafes, traffic, plans and discussion on walkways and cycleways are all on the cards in the wake of preliminary results of the Greater Green Island Community Network survey of households.

The survey, which involved 30 volunteers going door to door to hand-deliver 1200 surveys to randomly selected households in Concord, Green Island, Waldronville, Ocean View, Brighton, Fairfield and Abbotsford, attracted about 400 responses. Most of the respondents were home owners in households of two people or more.

Early results from the survey, analysed by research consultant and survey team member Dr Bronwyn Boon, showed householders in the greater Green Island area felt good about their neighbourhoods overall, but had some concerns about their environment.

Among the issues raised were traffic congestion and speed, the state of the footpaths, not enough walkways and cycleways, the bus service, dogs, and a lack of places to meet.

Network community workers Amanda Reid and Leanne Stenhouse said the survey responses provided a useful basis for discussions with the likes of the Dunedin City Council.

''The data shows that it is not just the network raising an issue, it is the community saying it,'' Mrs Reid said.

While most of the issues raised were already being worked on by the network, there had also been some fresh ideas gleaned.

''We hadn't realised that there were issues around dogs, so that is something we can add to the plan,'' she said.

Ms Stenhouse, who is also a member of the Saddle Hill Community Board, said the board was examining the issue of walkways in the Waldronville and Brighton areas, and was planning to hold a public meeting in the near future to discuss it.

The survey had been useful in giving a voice to satellite communities in the greater Green Island area - residents of Brighton, Waldronville and Abbotsford highlighted the lack of cafes outside of the Green Island shopping centre.

In response to these concerns, the community workers have opened dialogue with cafe owners about the possibility of pop-up cafes in satellite communities during the summer.

They also plan to step up the community morning teas programme. The next one is due today at 10am in the Civic Hall. Community suppers and/or pot luck dinners are also on the cards.

Social work intern Meg Beamish will co-ordinate an event for local youth, at which their feedback on amenities for young people will be sought.

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