Ramsey Road Recreation Ground Consultation

Consultation findings

The consultation generated 61 responses during the open period. Seven of which were paper versions returned via freepost envelope. Detail of the responses is given on the following pages. (Full lists of responses found in the Appendix)

Discrepancies in the totals for the numbers of people who responded can be explained, as not everyone responded to every question or respondents were asked to tick all items that applied or for multiple responses.

Profile of respondents

  • The majority of the respondents were female between 25-65years
  • We had at least one respondent from each age & gender group with the exception of females aged 11-24.

This was one of our target respondent groups. The lack of response from this group does not negate the validity of this consultation process, but does provide a clear engagement target for the next consultation event to ensure this group is catered for

  • 7% of respondents declared themselves to have a disability
  • 64% of respondents declared that they were responding for a whole household
  • Of those, 46% were responding for a household of 3 or more people
  • 54% of respondents visit the recreation ground either daily or a few times a week
  • 8% of respondents never visit the recreation ground
  • The remaining respondents visit the recreation ground either monthly or a few times a year
  • 13% of respondents live in a property that backs directly onto the recreation ground

Questions about the park

A. What do you like about the park? Respondents were able to tick as many boxes as appropriate

A choice of the play area, Skate Park and open green space were given, along with the option of ‘other’ with a text box to add details

The majority of respondents ticked open green space (42), then play area (25) and skate park (20). The other box had three responses, the text responses mainly focused either on saying ‘nothing’ or ‘all of the above’.


B. What do you currently use the park for? Respondents were able to tick as many boxes as appropriate

A choice of cycling, walking, skating BMX, play area, meeting friends, exercise were given, along with the option of ‘other’ with a text box to add details

The majority of respondents ticked walking (28), then play area (26) and meeting friends (20). Combined skating and BMX responses totalled (25) responses. The ‘other’ box had nine responses, the text box responses either provided details of different types of play, such as scooting or many comments focused on dog walking


C. What would make you use the park more? Respondents were able to tick as many boxes as appropriate

A choice of the improved footpaths, more play equipment, replace the skate park, improved access routes, more places to sit and more planting, along with the option of ‘other’ with a text box to add details

The majority of respondents ticked more places to sit (36), then more play equipment (33) and replace the skate park (24).

The other box had fifteen responses (respondents may have commented on more than one topic), the text responses had four key themes:

  • Reducing antisocial behaviour (7) – main themes include:
    • Drug users
    • Litter and dog mess
    • Young people congregating in the park
  • Improving play or skate facilities (5) – suggestions include:
    • Pump track
    • Sand pit
    • Football goals
    • Outdoor gym equipment
    • Accessible play equipment
  • Adding landscape features such as access or seating (5) - these had a variety of comments but a selection of suggestions include:
    • Increased pathways
    • Visibility into the park
    • Improved seating with cover
  • Dog walking improvements (2) improved access paths to facilitate all year walking

D. What stops you using the park now?  Respondents were able to tick as many boxes as appropriate

A choice of the security, lack of seating, lack of play features, state of the skate park, difficult to access, ‘nothing there I want to visit’, along with the option of ‘other’ with a text box to add details

The majority of respondents ticked lack of play features (21), then state of the Skate Park (19) and security (14).

The other box had twelve responses (respondents may have commented on more than one topic), the text responses had two key themes:

  • Antisocial behaviour (7) – these had a variety of comments include:
    • Drug users
    • Litter and dog mess
    • Young people congregating in the park
  • Landscape facilities such as access or seating (5) - these had a variety of comments but a selection of suggestions include:
    • Increased pathways
    • Visibility into the park
    • Improved seating with cover

E. What three things would you like to see in the park? Respondents were able to comment in an open text box

A variety of comments were made but can be summarised into three key themes,

Improved skate, BMX, play facilities (67 comments)

  • Better skate park, modernised skate park
  • Bigger play equipment for a range of ages, cater for teenagers
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Football and ball games area
  • Accessible equipment

More landscape interventions (38 comments)

  • Increased seating
  • Improved footpaths
  • Litter and dog bins
  • Additional planting of trees and shrub beds

Reducing anti-social behaviour (10 comments)

  • Fencing to stop dogs in the play areas
  • Locking the gates at night

F. What three things would you like to see removed from the park? Respondents were able to comment in an open text box

A variety of comments were made but can be summarised into two key themes,

Anti-social behaviour (26 comments)

  • Issues with dog walkers, mess, dogs off leads
  • Litter
  • Antisocial groups of individual’s gathering
  • Drugs

Skate, BMX, play facilities (20 comments)

  • Remove the out of date skate park
  • Remove the old basketball area

G. We would love to hear your ideas for the park please write any additional thoughts you have Respondents were able to comment in an open text box

A variety of comments were made but can be summarised into three key themes,

Skate, BMX, play facilities (23 comments)

  • Improve the skate facilities
  • Improve the play equipment, include equipment for older children and add accessible equipment
  • Outdoor exercise equipment

Landscape interventions (15 comments)

  • Increased seating
  • Footpath improvements and layout
  • Increased planting

Interventions to help prevent anti-social behaviour (8 comments)

  • Barriers to prevent motorbikes from entering the park
  • Lock the park at night