Acting as an anchor building at the western end of the High Street the Centre is expected to act as a draw along the length of the Street, to increase footfall and visitors to Watton.
Many thanks to all those who completed the questionnaire either on-line or on paper, we very much appreciate you having taken the time to give us your views and thoughts. The Wayland Partnership Development Trust (who own the site and buildings) and the Chamber will report in the local press the headline results which were all very positive and supportive. For now, just a taster of some of the responses and a sample of a few points people made:
63% of respondents said there were too few places for teenagers to safely meeting in the town.
81% wanted to make use of the facilities in the Centre, mostly visiting with friends or family.
Of all the activities to be available the cinema was very popular with 28% of the responses and only slightly fewer (25%) prioritising the digital gaming facilities and pod cast studios.
Training in digital skills was also favoured by 67% of the respondents.
“Fantastic idea and would really welcome this as a family.”
“Watton high street could do with a centre like this it would hopefully bring a sense of community feeling for all age groups. Watton is rapidly expanding with all the new houses being built but I feel the existing infrastructure is not enough and worry Watton High street will just be a road to drive through and have no heart.”
“It sounds like a great idea, and would hopefully help to regenerate the town too! Keep up the good work! Thank you.”
The results of this survey will feed into the planning for support of the re-development of the site. In this we are being kindly assisted by the following companies who have provided their services free of charge to support this exciting initiative: