Chilton Village Development
Village Questionnaire
Following the very well attended Annual Parish Meeting, we are following up all residents to try and get further input and detail around some of the issues discussed that evening.

We have put together a few short questions and would really welcome your responses. It should only take you a few minutes but would be hugely valued by your Parish Council to help us understand priorities and preferences. Ideally, we would like individual responses from everyone in the household.

The cut-off date for responding to the survey is Sunday 12th September (inclusive).

Did you attend the Annual Parish Meeting on 26th May at St Mary’s Church? *

Did you attend the Annual Parish Meeting on 26th May at St Mary’s Church? *

ST MARY'S CHURCH
Our beautiful 12th century church is currently used just one hour a month other than for occasional weddings, baptisms or funerals. The diocese has already indicated that it is at risk of being closed within the next few years unless we can find an enhanced role for it in the village.

It is structurally sound and has good potential to be “reordered” to allow it to be used for village events. Several nearby villages and towns (including Cuddington and Stadhampton) have undertaken similar work resulting in comfortable, flexible spaces used for a wide range of community activities.

This work would involve removing the Edwardian pews, levelling the floor, installing underfloor heating, a kitchen, toilets and good lighting. Improved access and parking would also be put in place.

This would be a major project and would take several years to complete. It would require significant fundraising efforts but several grants could be available.

Do you think reordering St Mary’s could be a good idea? *

Do you think reordering St Mary’s could be a good idea? *

If you answered yes, why? (Please select as many items as you want)

If you answered yes, why? (Please select as many items as you want)

If you answered No, why not? (please select as many as you wish)

If you answered No, why not? (please select as many as you wish)

Could you see yourself attending events held in the refreshed space? *

Could you see yourself attending events held in the refreshed space? *

What sort of events would you be interested in attending? (please tick as many as you like)

What sort of events would you be interested in attending? (please tick as many as you like)

Would you be willing to help with fundraising or project management? *

Would you be willing to help with fundraising or project management? *

VILLAGE SHOP / CAFE / BAR
A proposal was put forward to redevelop the old stables facing the hay barn next to the old pub to provide a local shop/cafe/bar/informal meeting place. An independent business would be established to operate it.
The buildings are apparently structurally sound but would need to be renovated and refurbished. Grants may be available from the council and the Parish Council has some money that could be put towards the costs, but the project would be substantially reliant on volunteer effort and skills to get it done cost-effectively.
With some focussed effort it is possible that this work could be done within twelve months or so, once planning consent is given.

Do you think renovating the old stables to provide a community facility is a good idea? *

Do you think renovating the old stables to provide a community facility is a good idea? *

If you answered yes, why? (Please select as many items as you want)

If you answered yes, why? (Please select as many items as you want)

If you answered No, why not? (Please select as many as you wish)

If you answered No, why not? (Please select as many as you wish)

Would you use a facility such as this in the village?*

Would you use a facility such as this in the village?*

If yes, what would you like it to offer? (please select as many as you wish)

If yes, what would you like it to offer? (please select as many as you wish)

Would you be prepared to form part of a voluntary working group to project manage the renovation?*

Would you be prepared to form part of a voluntary working group to project manage the renovation?*

Would you be prepared to volunteer time/skills to help in the renovations?*

Would you be prepared to volunteer time/skills to help in the renovations?*

Would you be willing to help fundraise for it, or assist with grant applications?*

Would you be willing to help fundraise for it, or assist with grant applications?*

OLD VILLAGE PLAYGROUND
There used to be a children’s playground opposite Princes Close and next to the entrance to Canon Court Farm, but it has long fallen into disrepair and is now very overgrown. Access to the area is up a few steps which poses some challenges, but it is the only level space in the village and benefits from great views to Oxford.

There have been a few suggestions about reclaiming this space and using it for the benefit of the village. With a bit of effort and commitment it has potential to be used as a versatile communal outdoor space.

Would you like to see this space being brought back into use? *

Would you like to see this space being brought back into use? *

a. If you answered yes, what would you like it to offer? (please select as many as you wish)

a. If you answered yes, what would you like it to offer? (please select as many as you wish)

If you answered No, why not? (please select as many as you wish)

If you answered No, why not? (please select as many as you wish)

Would you be willing to help fundraise for it, or assist with grant applications? *

Would you be willing to help fundraise for it, or assist with grant applications? *

Would you be prepared to volunteer time/skills to renovate it? *

Would you be prepared to volunteer time/skills to renovate it? *

Would you be happy to be part of a rota of volunteers to help run it?*

Would you be happy to be part of a rota of volunteers to help run it?*

What else?
Chilton Parish Council would like to serve the needs of the Parish in any way it can. There are limits as to what it can and cannot do, but it would be helpful to understand if there was anything else you would like us to consider

Pease describe briefly what you would like to see in the village

Pease describe briefly what you would like to see in the village

About you
This questionnaire will be treated confidentially and the answers you submit will only be used in relation to the questions already set out. However it would help us if we knew a bit more about you.

Whereabouts do you live / work?*

Whereabouts do you live / work?*

Home ownership*

Home ownership*

Work status*

Work status*

If you are employed, are you now working from home rather than travelling into an office?*

If you are employed, are you now working from home rather than travelling into an office?*

How long have you lived in the area?*

How long have you lived in the area?*

My household consists of the following (please select as many as you wish)*

My household consists of the following (please select as many as you wish)*

Future communication
As we have said, this questionnaire is completely confidential and the answers you have given will be used solely for these projects and not used for any other purpose. Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 (UK GDPR) your data will be held securely and will not be provided to anyone outside Chilton Parish Council. Under the terms of the Act you have the right at any time to have any personal information removed or to have a list of any personal information we hold on you. Our Data Protection Officer is the Parish Clerk and can be contacted by emailing

You may have responded that you were willing to help in one or more of the projects. If so, we would like to contact you to get more information. If you are happy for us to do that, please let us have your email address below.

You may have responded that you were willing to help in one or more of the projects. If so, we would like to contact you to get more information. If you are happy for us to do that, please let us have your email address below.

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From time to time, Chilton Parish Council sends out information via Mailchimp to keep you up to date with what is happening in the village. You can unsubscribe at any time from receiving this information. If you are not already on our email list but would like to be, please insert your email address below.

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