The Future of the Manor Ground:survey of local residents
I hope you don't mind me e-mailing you out-of-the-blue - and apologies for its impersonal nature - but I thought you may like to be one of the first to hear the results of the Manor Ground Local Residents' Survey produced by Headington Liberal Democrats.
Some 500 local households living nearest the Manor Ground were surveyed during March - of these 155 responded, with more still being sent back by post. The headline results are as follows:
* Two-thirds (67%) would welcome St Andrew's School moving from its current, cramped site to the Manor - only 20% are opposed.
* Almost three-quarters (74%) would like Headington Library moved to the Manor from its resent location in Bury Knowle Park - 16% are against.
* And four-fifths (79%) surveyed are opposed to the Acland's relocation to the Manor - just 13% support the plans.
As you may know, under proposals put forward by Margaret Godden, leader of the Lib Dems on the County Council, the Manor Ground site would be designed as a 'community school'. There would be a single storey primary school with an easily-accessible library on the first floor. The school hall and other spaces would be designed for public use, as would the school playing fields. There could even be flats on the site to ease Oxford's acute shortage of affordable housing, and to help finance the project. Proper security for the children will, of course, be a vital consideration at every planning stage. Last month the County Council commissioned a feasibility study to investigate this proposal.
I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that the Lib Dems will continue to campaign - in and out of election time - for this site to be developed in a way that benefits the whole Headington community.
For your interest, I am attaching (as both Rich Text File and MS Word '97 documents) Headington Lib Dems' official 8-page report on this survey. A comprehensive report analysing the response of each individual survey (but retaining respondents' confidentiality), which weighs in at 33 pages, will now be sent both to the City and County Councils, so that officers and councillors are informed of local opinion.
If you have any questions about this, or any other matter, do please let me know: my contact details appear at the foot of this e-mail.
With best wishes,
Oxford City Councillor, Headington ward
1a New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DH
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