St John Questionnaire – detailed comments 2012

St John Questionnaire – Comments

Increasing Traffic through Village?

  • Increased since traffic calming on Hounster Hill  – Alternative Routes.
  • Improved alternative routes.
  • Improved alternative routes.
  • Improved alternative routes.
  • If anything it’s worse with bikes. Restrict traffic to residents only alternative routes Resident and deliveries only.
  • Signs saying “Unsuitable for Through Traffic”  Already traffic increase is a problem. Not safe to walk with children, dogs, horses and cyclists.    Accidents from speeding over 20mph – Alternative routes- Anything to stop through traffic to Millbrook. People still drive too fast and do not allow for people walking on road.
  • Sat Navs send vehicles down unsuitable lanes like Sunwell Lane.
  • More Road Humps needed.
  • Chicanes and width restrictions. Too much traffic going through St John. Cars go much too fast causing. problems for walkers horses and children – More signs saying No to through traffic – Alternative routes ie not through St John.
  • Improved alternative routes.
  • Enough traffic comes through here now.
  • Sat Nav problems of deliveries.
  • Alternative routes.
  • Use of satnavs – Better signs “No through traffic”.
  • Proportional increase in traffic only, as many will still not drive via St John.
  • Road humps are unsafe need alternative more effective solution.
  • Road humps have increased noise with no reduction of speed or volume of traffic Alternative route needed.
  • Speed bumps were only slight improvement.
  • Alternative routes and stop through traffic.
  • We need alternative route.
  • Need less bumps but more chicanes.
  • Improved alternative main roads.
  • Internet delivery effects are unavoidable.
  • Speeding white vans short cutting through village.
  • Full width humps and cushions do little to slow some traffic.
  •  Need flashing speed signs, improved width restriction signs.
  •  Increased through traffic causing road wear & noise – improved alternative routes.
  •  Internet delivery problems over ford.
  •  Improved alternative routes.
  •  Lorries and vans are too big to come through village – deliver drivers ignore width signs – need alternative routes with signs.
  • Volumes have reduced but speed is still a problem – alternative route improved.
  • Traffic has not reduced through the ford.
  • Alternative routes needed.
  • Add Advisory Signs like “No time advantage”.
  • Chicanes would help.
  • Current speed measures have reduced problem in St John’s Lane but not in the village itself- Alternative routes needed.
  • No more traffic calming – only alternative routes.
  • Narrow lanes need resurfacing.
  • Chicanes and alternative routes would help.
  • Alternative routes please.

Parking in St John?

  • Resident only parking – restrictions would only make it worse.
  • Too many vehicles parked on road.
  • Only parking area is limited plus pub car park. Need small parking area for residents without drives.
  • Parking restrictions would cause more problems.
  • Parking is OK as we have the pub car park.
  • Definitely no yellow lines.
  • Parking is not yet a problem.
  • Parking is only a problem when events are on.
  • Just need some proper roadside parking.
  • More employment in parish would increase traffic.
  • Sometimes the odd car is left untaxed at side of village hall.
  • Sometimes a problem.
  • Small car park for visitors.
  • Certainly not yellow lines.
  • Car park would be good but there is nowhere to put it?
  • No to yellow lines- no more urbanization.
  • No to yellow lines – God forbid!
  • No to parking restrictions as would need to be policed.

Local Buses?

  •  Would use if more frequent.
  •  More regular service required.
  •  They are great and useful.
  •  We have one small bus, which is adequate but needs to run more frequently.
  •  Unsuitable and infrequent.
  •  Present bus seems to suit folk who need to get to Torpoint.
  •  Use bus if there was a weekend service.

Development in St John village?

  • We are a Conservation Village not a town.
  • Need to maintain the look of the village – planning should be made easy to extend existing properties.
  • Time moves on and modern buildings should reflect this.
  • Houses required only for local need.
  • Infill only under tight control – Not more than 10 – Limited possibilities.
  • House prices are far too high.
  • Infill should be closely monitored and very limited.
  • Need to be kept and maintained as a simple country hamlet within a natural beautiful country and wildlife setting.
  • Best areas for development are Millbrook Torpoint and Antony.
  • St John has a good range of houses which families are free to buy.Affordable housing is good but there would have to be development in St John which is not appropriate.
  • Need a small number of extra council houses/flats  Small number of affordable homes.
  • Infill should be allowed as there is a lot of wasted space which could be used sensitively.
  • Develop Gooseford Lane and Jacks Lane.
  • Infill only with similar housing not multi-occupation.
  • Creeping development leads to complete annexing of villages.
  • No infill – it will put pressure on already minimum services.
  • Maintain traditional buildings – gives village charm – please no more development – keep the village as it is – Still enough affordable homes.
  • Infill should be allowed for local need – extend if necessary with affordable houses.
  • Infill only if in keeping with rest of village.
  • Infill but only each on its own merit – not a blanket rule.
  • Extending the village boundary will change village completely.
  • Infill is inevitable.
  • Demography?
  • Younger families will move in naturally.
  • Need a mix of ages. Older people do not want change and should be more tolerant of younger people.
  • Present demographic balance is unavoidable.
  • Need more younger families.
  • Fine….I’m getting on.
  • Not sure how this can be achieved – everyone ages!
  • Surely it is about right.
  • Happy but would still like to see younger families.
  • No to happy with demography – worried!

More accommodation for visitors?

  • Don’t want to go the way of Cawsand & Kingsand.
  • B&B yes but hotel and holiday lets no.

Other Facilities?

  • Street lights.
  • Public toilets.
  • Play area.
  • Tennis court behind village hall.
  • Shop and doctor’s surgery.
  • Re-furbish village hall.
  • Children’s play area behind village hall.
  • Play area in village hall grounds.
  • Village hall field is not used adequately already.
  • Children’s area behind village hall.
  • Use of St John’s Inn?
  • Needs to be run by local people  – Sell essential goods milk bread etc.
  • Another children’s area behind village hall.
  • Needs to benefit residents providing prices not extortionate.
  • Bread milk local farm produce etc.
  • More access to pub children’s play area.
  • Basic milk bread stamps papers etc.
  • Post office shop bread milk papers.
  • PO Facilities.
  • Should remain a pub.
  • Shop/Pub for basics.
  • Milk bread and papers.
  • Pub is too expensive to use.
  • Maybe bread milk papers.
  • Pub play area encourages families.
  • Use as village store even post office.
  • Use as village store.
  • Village store/post office.
  • Book exchange/coffee house.
  • Newspapers.
  • Use as shop.
  • Takeaway, community shop/farm & locally sourced products.

Need a Local Shop?

  • Not if over priced as they normally are!
  • Small shop/tearoom.
  • Village stores would be good.
  • Insufficient customer base for stand alone shop.
  • Would support village shop.
  • Yes if prices are reasonable.
  • Would use if local produce and reasonably priced.
  • Yes for bread milk etc.
  • Yes for papers and groceries.
  • Yes for staple foods and papers.
  • Papers vegetables.
  • Newspapers & smaller groceries.
  • Small shop would be good idea for basics
  • Local veg stamps etc.
  • Fresh local produce.
  • Fresh produce if competitively priced.
  • Basics bread milk papers veg.
  • Yes to shop but probably not viable – would try to support.
  • Yes we need a village shop.
  • A shop would have too much competition from supermarkets.

Protect Wildlife and natural habitats?

  • Stop conservation area/fields being dug up and filled with hardcore/tarmac, which has happened already.
  • More nesting boxes and reduce traffic flow.
  • Better enforcement.
  • Reduce traffic.
  • Restrict tourists.
  • Some of the unused land should be designated for wildlife only.
  • Less traffic over ford would help wildlife.
  • Close the Ford to traffic to help wildlife.
  • Stop speeding especially over the ford.
  • Reduce pollution.
  • Restrict night time shooting to daylight non-farming times.
  • Limit traffic over ford.
  • No wind farm to protect wildlife.
  • Prevent rubbish from through traffic.
  • Better dog control!

Happy with Local Footpaths?

  • Maintain signposts.
  • Repairing styles and trimming vegetation.
  • Better maintenance.
  • Keep hedges trimmed and signs pointing the way to go.
  • Should be safer footpaths properly graded with gravel.
  • Better access to some making sure signs and styles maintained.
  • Voluntary events to maintain footpaths.
  • We should maintain them ourselves.
  • Use groups to clear them.
  • Use youth groups.
  • Keep them clear – install styles or better gates.
  • Stop dogs.
  • Better signage.
  • Ensure all are open for use.
  • Regular trimming.
  • Someone with secateurs and saw once a year.
  • Regular maintenance and graveled.
  • Local volunteers to clear & repair.
  • Most seem fairly well managed.
  • Better signposting.
  • Replace footpath signs.
  • Volunteer groups.
  • Bridge should be repaired road should be lowered to stop upper part silting up.
  • Bridge needs to be repaired.
  • Better maintenance, more rubbish collection, stopping traffic cutting up the mud banks.
  • Road humps on approach road.
  • Stop discharges from sewage works.
  • Stop tree felling.
  • Improve the road and bridge.
  • Improve footpath/footbridge to enable circular walks.
  • Main channel needs dredging.
  • Maybe better access for bird watching from both banks.
  • Ford should be closed to motor traffic – cycle & pedestrian only.
  • Mooring facilities/leisure.

Close Ford?

  • No – More traffic through village.
  • No – Trouble reversing my car each time if it is closed.
  • Yes – We could have a footpath only across the Ford?
  • No it would increase traffic through the village
  • Closing it would mean more confrontation in the lanes
  • More traffic through village
  • Yes – Close ford except to bicycles and pedestrians

Support Turbines/Renewable Energy in Parish?

  • In limited numbers – Not large scale Solar
  • Offshore only!
  • Only Solar and tidal.
  • Don’t bring down fuel bills only cost money only make rich richer
  • Council should put solar panels on its property
  • Support renewables if benefits local people. Tidal
  • Blot on the landscape and Rame could not be classed as AONB. Solar & Waste to Energy is preferred.
  • We need renewable energy and should support turbines in parish.
  • Would support RE if used for locals.
  • Support RE only on appropriate sites.
  • Water Energy and Offshore wind.
  • Not Wind Farms Not Waste to Energy in Peninsula.
  • If cost effective ignoring subsidies  Turbines out of character & Noisy.
  • Prevent erection of turbines.
  • Against wind power  Believe Nuclear Power is the strategic solution.
  • Turbines are too large ugly and loud. Support tidal and solar.
  • No to Turbines yes to tidal.
  • Tidal, wave, solar and offshore wind.
  • Not Wind turbines.
  • Would not adversely affect area in numbers proposed.
  • Would very much adversely affect peninsula for no environmental gain.
  • Would support RE if community/personal led on appropriate scale.
  • Object to Mendennick WF but properly planned community WF would be OK
  • Tidal and barrage are reliable.
  • Support RE as long as it is in the right form No to turbines in parish!
  • Support RE so long as it does not create a major eye sore – against Mendennick!
  • Turbines proposed are too close to dwellings.
  • Turbines would spoil peninsula – noise, naval air traffic & safety issues.
  • Solar and tidal should be supported.
  • Against turbines in parish – noise problems – tidal and wave power better.
  • No as turbines would not attract visitors and be a blot on the landscape- I think they would adversely affect the peninsula – not what those coming to Cornwall would want to see.
  • Support RE if sympathetic to environment – No to Turbines in parish – inefficient and destroys visual environment- No to incinerators.
  • Seem to be sound arguments for and against turbines.
  • No to turbines and no to fields of solar panels.
  • No to turbines yes to tidal/wave and limited solar.
  • Absolutely no to turbines on Rame Peninsula- support all except wind.
  • No to turbines – Planning and efficiency concerns.
  • Mendennick would set a precedent.

Improvements needed to Peninsula?

  • Restrictions on further housing development.
  • More small-scale businesses.
  • Local needs housing that is not sold off.
  • Development should be strictly controlled – develop Maker Heights.
  • Do not cut bus frequencies.
  • Better bus service and street lighting.
  • Local Store and Infill in character via private enterprise.
  • New wide access road to Millbrook.
  • Cornwall is too dependent on second homes, tourism and immigration including the English!
  • Decent bus service.
  • Any further housing industry or commerce would increase the traffic flow through St John!
  • Encouragement of small businesses.
  • No to supermarkets or national chains.
  • Housing limited to local needs – No large estates.
  • Yes more industry but limit to existing industrial estates.
  • Need piecemeal developments and conversions.
  • Reduce traffic cutting through St John and improve public transport.
  • Even if the 81 bus stopped at the top of the hill between Raleigh and Antony it would help.
  • No to industry, commerce or more tourists – inappropriate traffic/congestion in narrow lanes.
  • Public transport and reliable ferry service.
  • Road surfaces improvement and winter gritting.
  • Biggest problem is proposed wind farm.
  • Non use of biological bleaches and disinfectants – more solar use needed.
  • Road infrastructure not up to coping with industry, tourists increase.
  • Lack of employment, high renting cost, holiday homes deserted in winter.
  • Less second homes which make it harder for locals to buy.
  • See so many buses with just 2 people on board. It would be more cost effective and less intrusive if they were given taxi vouchers.
  • Better road infrastructure.
  • Current travel restrictions prevent Torpoint spreading even closer to St John so leave as is.

Biggest Problems in Parish?

  • Parking – Traffic – Road repairs – Rat run.
  • Improve garden waste collection to reduce bonfires.
  • Wind Farm on doorstep needs to be stopped.
  • Road humps damage cars and peoples’ backs.
  • Through traffic increased since I came here 13 years ago. Reduce traffic as roads can’t take it and not safe.
  • Lack of public transport for non car owners.
  • Through traffic.
  • Traffic through St John.
  • Lack of visible police presence – Bring back walking policemen.
  • Leave Rame Peninsula alone!
  • Stop the expanding boat yard in Millbrook and stop any more social housing.
  • Threat of Mendennick Wind Farm.
  • Traffic cutting through village.
  • Traffic going too fast through village.
  • Traffic pollution and threat of Wind Farm.
  • Confrontation in the narrow lanes.
  • Survival of our pub is vital- we are remarkably content.
  • Main road from Tregantle to Millbrook.
  • Dumping of rubbish at the ford.
  • Too much traffic through ford.
  • Reduce through traffic.
  • Through traffic volumes.
  • Visit St John Inn infrequently so perhaps it is illogical to claim that a thriving pub is important- however that is the current problem.
  • Compared with other places I have lived I would change nothing – feel lucky to be here!
  • Broad Band speeds.
  • Traffic speeds!
  • State of the roads.

 

 

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