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  1. 1. Take part in our consultations
  2. 2. Open consultations
  3. 3. You are here: Closed consultations
  4. 4. Residents' survey

3. Closed consultations

This page shows updates and results from consultations that have taken place over the last year and that are now closed. For older consultations, please contact the Consultation and Insight Officer.

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping 

We invited feedback to help us shape our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy for the next 5 years. We asked about your experiences of contacting our housing service and your views on how we support people facing homelessness.

More information about how we have developed the draft strategy is on our Homelessness Strategy Consultation webpage.

The survey was open from 14 September to 14 October 2021. Thank you to everyone who took part.

What next?
We are now looking at what you told us and make changes to our draft strategy accordingly. Councillors will scrutinise our draft strategy in the autumn before it is finalised and ready to be approved. 

We will provide an update on this webpage by the end of 2021 to tell you about the feedback we received from professionals and the public through the survey and how that has influenced our final strategy.

Once the strategy has been approved we will start implementing it in our work helping homeless people and preventing homelessness. 

 

Merstham Rec - summer feedback

We asked people who live in Merstham or who use Merstham Rec for their comments on our latest plans for the park's refurbishment. The feedback form was open from mid July until 17 September. More inforamation about the Merstham Rec project is on the Merstham Rec webpage.

We will publish a summary of the feedback later in September. There will also be a further opportunity to see a further developed design later this autumn. We will update this page and our Merstham Rec page when we have more details. 

You can also read about the 2020 public consultation on Merstham Rec on our Closed consultations page.

Supplementary planning document consultation

We consulted on the council's draft Climate Change and Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) from 24 May to 23 June 2021. More information, including the draft document and the outcome of the consultation, is on the Supplementary Planning Document webpage

Community Centres

Our community centres' consultation closed on Monday 22 March. You can read about the consultation and our findings in our summary report.

About the consultation: We asked residents, users and community groups about how our community centres in Banstead, Horley and Woodhatch could best meet the needs of their local communities, including their current members. Our public survey was open from 15 February to 22 March 2021. We wrote to a sample of residents living closest to each of our community centres asking them to take part and publicised the survey online too. 

We also invited the current membership of our community centres to take part in a centre members’ survey and held online group discussions and one-to-one interviews with centre volunteers, staff and representatives from community organisations. If you represent a community organisation and would like to give your views, you can still send us an email.

In July 2021, the Council's Executive Committee agreed a plan on how to develop the community centres. You can find out more about the community centres on our dedicated webpages.

Merstham Recreation Ground 

We have been consulting residents and users of Merstham Recreation Ground about plans to improve it. The consultation, which includes a survey for over 18s and one for young people, was open from Wednesday 9 September until Monday 5 October 2020. Key results of the consultation are available on our Merstham Rec pages where you can also find an accessible report of the consultation, more information about the project, draft proposals and next steps.

Redhill Public Space Protection Order review

This consultation is part of a review of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that covers Redhill town centre and Memorial Park and has been in place since 2017. The council is considering extending the order for up to a further three years and would like the views of residents, businesses, workers, shoppers and other visitors in Redhill. 

Read a summary of the results of the consultation and find out the next steps.

The Redhill PSPO webpage explains more about the order but briefly, it gives the council and police extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour. By intervening early, the police and the council hope to prevent anti-social behaviour escalating into a crime. The PSPO means the council and police can require someone to stop carrying out one of the behaviours listed in the order. If they do not stop, they can be fined (that is, issued with a fixed penalty notice). They could ultimately be summonsed to court or, in certain circumstances, be arrested.

A full list of the behaviours the order regulates and a map of the area it covers is on the PSPO webpage and was included in the survey. The consultation was open from Monday 6 July until 5pm Monday 17 August.

Dogs PSPOs

Between 27 August and 26 Septmeber 2020, we consulted users of parks and open spaces about the Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) that regulate dogs' behaviour in those areas.

About the consultation: 

There are PSPOs for each park or open space and two further ones; one covering covering local roads, footways and verges and another for all other open space in the borough. Where a dog walker does not comply with an order, the council may issue them with a fixed penalty notice of £80 or, ultimately they may be prosecuted with a maximum penalty of £1,000. The wording of the PSPOs varies depending on the area it covers but rules tend to relate to whether dogs should be kept on a lead, kept out altogether (e.g. in children’s playgrounds), clearing up dog mess and the maximum number of dogs one person can walk at a time. Reigate & Banstead is required to review the orders at least every three years and, as part of that review, to consult with the community. We chose to run a survey to consult with people.

We asked

We asked people who used our parks and open spaces which ones they visited and whether they supported the relevant PSPO/s being extended. We also asked them whether they supported extending the borough-wide PSPOs. We invited comments and ideas about the orders and, to help us understand who was taking part in the survey, asked participants’ main purposes for visiting their chosen park/s. We provided information about the current rules covering each of our open spaces and borough-wide places such as roads and common land. We provided the survey online and publicised it on posters in all our parks, through social media, local media and on our website.

You said

We received 965 surveys. As each survey related to a specific park or green space, some participants may have completed more than one survey but we estimate that at least 700 people took part.

  • Support for extending the PSPOs in their current form was, on average, 72%. A further 13% said they partially supported the PSPO being extended.
  • There was 90% support for the extension of PSPOs covering roads, footways and verges.
  • There was 91% support for the extension of PSPOs covering dog behaviour in all other open spaces.
  • Some people had views about the maximum number of dogs that one person is permitted to walk at a time. The PSPOs set this as six dogs. Some people felt this was too many and suggested that four was more reasonable. Others felt that six was about right or suggested licensing as an option to regulate professional dog walkers.
  • Many participants took up our invitation to give extra comments about the PSPOs. Although often not specifically about the wording of the PSPOs we received lots of comments related to use of parks and about dogs and dog and/or owner behaviour. These were variously from: dog owners, people with positive and negative experiences with dogs, people with professional interests in dogs and people with specific interests in wildlife. Some of the key themes that emerged were around: council enforcement of the PSPOs, dog fouling and dog waste bins, concern that the maximum number of dogs walked by one person is too many and signage/communication relating to PSPOs.

We did

  • In October 2020, the PSPOs were extended for up to a further three years. 
  • To help dog walkers and all users of our parks and open spaces, we are featuring an article on dogs in the spring 2021 issue of Borough News, which is delivered to every home in the borough. 
  • We are also looking to make improvements to the signs in our parks so that the rules about dog behaviour are clear.