Housing Needs Group Meeting 11/11/2011

The Group met with Richard Mugglestone from Midlands Rural Housing (working under contract to Rugby Borough Council), who spoke about his role in surveying housing needs in rural areas.

Midlands Rural Housing can produce a Housing Needs Survey together with a covering letter, analyse the results and produce a report.  Richard has considerable experience and expertise in drawing up questionnaires but would consult with us to decide on the questions to be included.  There would be no cost to us.

Discussion took place around the timescale and consensus was that the questionnaire should be administered in early spring.  This would be well before the main Parish Plan survey but that was considered useful for several reasons:

  1. Analysis will be by a separate body so it does not need to be an integral part of the main survey
  2. Information collected may be very useful in informing the main questionnaire
  3. An earlier survey will keep people interested and involved
  4. Two shorter questionnaires with a period of time in between would be less daunting than one long questionnaire.  This might improve response rate.

We discussed strategies for encouraging people to respond. Suggestions included:

  1. Posters placed on lamp posts
  2. Offering residents the services of a volunteer to help fill in the questionnaire
  3. Volunteers being on hand at village coffee morning or other specified community event

Richard agreed to provide information for the Project Plan and to produce a draft questionnaire and covering letter so that these can be discussed at the next Housing Needs Group meeting.

We all felt this had been a very useful meeting.

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