Welcome to our consultation pages
Within this section you can:
- find out what consultation is happening in the district
- take part in current consultations and surveys
- view feedback and reports from past consultations
- see what is coming up in the future
- contact us about any consultation issues you have.
Aylesbury Vale retail and leisure study – October 2014
We are currently conducting a household telephone survey among a representative sample of residents living in and the fringes around the Aylesbury Vale local authority area.
The survey will mainly capture respondents’ convenience and comparison goods
shopping patterns and commercial leisure behaviour. The survey is being undertaken for the same area as undertaken previously in 2009, to allow for comparison and changes to shopping habits/patterns and demand. The findings will help define the demand for retail space and be used in both Aylesbury Town centre development and in the future for our revised Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.
Aylesbury Visitor Information Centre - summary of findings
Aylesbury Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located just off the Market Square in Aylesbury. It provides a range of services including providing local information, UK-wide holiday destination information and bookings, souvenirs, local gifts and coach ticket bookings.
A survey was undertaken in the summer months of 2014; it's aim to help improve the service to visitors and residents, improve the commerciality of the centre and determine the barriers for the service. Findings from the survey are being utilised in the review of the centre. Key findings were:
• The three most important features of a good VIC location included: Town centre (68%), highly visible (55%) and accessible (53%)
• The two most important services the VIC offers include: Information about visiting local attraction (58%) and buying tickets for local events (48%)
• When asked about the gifts, souvenirs and cards available at the VIC, approximately 55% of respondents stated that they weren’t aware that the VIC sold them
• 49% of respondents said that they find it difficult to source gifts locally
Recycling and waste household collection survey - see below for a summary of findings
It’s almost two years since we introduced our new recycling and waste scheme, introducing weekly food waste collections and an ‘all in one’ recycling bin. Since then our recycling has more than doubled, to between 50- 55% - our target is to reach 60% by 2020.
An online survey was conducted to find out how residents feel the system is working. This was promoted in the July issue of AV Times our residents news magazine. Visitors to our stand at Bucks County Show in August were invited to take part in a shortened version too.
AV Times readership survey - on-street interviews now completed
AVDC's council news magazine, the Aylesbury Vale Times, is becoming increasingly important as a source of council news to residents and businesses alike. We've recently expanded it from 16 to 24 pages and include more advertising to help cover production costs.
Those who took part in our online and on-street interviews, thank you. Your comments are helping us plan future issues.
Proposed new licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation - findings helped design new licensing for HMO's
We were proposing to introduced housing standards for these types of accommodation to ensure that people living in HMOs can enjoy living in safe, well maintained housing. Under the proposed new scheme HMO landlords would have to apply for a licence to operate an HMO. The licence would enable AVDC to check that good housing standards are maintained to benefit both the local neighbourhood and tenants.
Comments from landlords, tenants, neighbours living near an HMO or organisations interested in tenant welfare were welcomed and many have participated. Analysis is complete and new licensing has just been launched for HMO's.
Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership - scroll down to view consultation report below
The Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership is a statutory group (including the police and local councils) working to reduce crime and disorder in the district. The on-line Aylesbury wide crime survey, conducted in December 2013, found that priorities proposed by the partnership for it’s next three year strategy (2014/17) were considered correct. Respondents also indicated which top three issues the partnership should focus on in town centres and which three ‘general crimes’, ‘anti-social behaviours’ and ‘rural crimes’ should be focused on.
As a result of the survey, ‘safe and secure town centres’ and ‘focusing on crimes that have a significant impact on victims and communities’ will be priorities in the new strategy, and actions will be included in the Community Safety Partnership Plan to take forward matters raised in the survey. The plan will be published on the AVDC website in May 2014.
Community centres – survey report below
Currently, community centres cost the council almost half a million pounds a year to run, so our consultation aimed to get a fuller picture as to how local people use them, and what they want from them in the future.
Thank you for your feedback. In response to hirers comments, we are introducing a two-hour booking slot in the near future. All findings are being used in the discussions with colleagues and partner organisations in considering future use and running of the centres. See below for a downloadable copy of the consultation report.
Aylesbury Markets - survey report below
AVDC manages several markets in Aylesbury and Winslow. To help better understand the requirements of shoppers, our consultation aimed to find out what is important to you when considering whether to shop at a market, whether you are a regular market shopper, or rarely (or never) purchase from a market. Thank you for your feedback.
Theatre in the Villages - survey closed
Theatre in the Villages is a rural touring scheme that brings professional theatre and entertainment to village halls across Buckinghamshire. Our consultation reviewed the 2013 programme and asked what people thought of the programme and the shows they attended. Thank you for all your feedback.
98% of respondents rated the shows seen as 'good' or 'very good'. We also received some very useful suggestions about the presentation of venues, eg signage or lighting, which we will be sharing with venue providers. We're seeking ways to incorporate other ideas into the 2014 season.
The 'Theatre in the Villages' programme for 2014 will run from the end of September to early December 2014. Look out for more information in the July issue of Aylesbury Vale Times.
Draft Housing & Homelessness Strategy Consultation - survey now closed
AVDC’s current Housing and Homelessness Strategy expired and a new draft strategy has been produced for 2014 - 2017 which was consulted on. This encompass the changes brought about by the Localism Act 2011 and recent welfare reforms.We're now analysing feedback on the draft strategy and a report will be drafted in the next few months for discussion at an AVDC Cabinet meeting.
AVDC Afterschool and holiday childcare survey - survey closed
AVDC runs an after school club and holiday playscheme in Aylesbury catering for 4 to 12 year olds. Both are run at the Jonathan Page Play Centre (Jonathan Page) in Meadowcroft, an Ofsted registered dedicated play centre. Our consultation aimed to find out what's important to parents when considering after school and holiday childcare in Aylesbury, for children aged 4+. A report was presented to cabinet on 17 December including the survey results.
Draft Aylesbury Town Centre Improvement Plan - survey closed
To make sure Aylesbury develops in line with our growing population - and changing customer expectations - we've developed the Draft Aylesbury Town Centre Improvement Plan in liaison with Buckinghamshire County Council. This sets out our joint Vision for the town centre and the guiding principles we believe should underlie any major change and development. It also outlines some ideas as to how key areas of the town could be improved.
A new approach to gaining planning permission - 12 June to 8 August 2013 - survey closed. As a result the new householder extensions Local Development Order introduced on 1 November 2013.
Bucks Home Choice housing review - 22 April - 2 June 2013 - survey closed. As a result, the way the housing register works and how we allocate homes will change. People on the current register have until 14 May 2014 to re-register. To find out more visit the Bucks Home Choice website.