The first results of how residents rated Prudhoe were revealed at Prudhoe Community Partnership’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening ( July 17th). Out of 500 replies from questionnaires and a poll at the Town Fair, 23% rated Prudhoe an excellent place to live and 33%% voted Prudhoe as very good.
Margaret Boonstra, a Partnership trustee,who organised the survey ( pictured front left with other trustees who worked on the survey) , said she was delighted that 83% of respondents awarded Prudhoe three stars or more. Only 12 % said Prudhoe “could do better” was 5% that Prudhoe was “ not so good” . Cllr Jennifer McGee commented that she was pleased to see such positivity.
The survey showed dissatisfaction with services for young people and approval of services for older people. A large majority wanted the town centre to be improved and would like to see a wider range of shops. Margaret Boonstra emphasied that these were “first glimpses” of the survey, undertaken in May and June, which were being analysed by Community Action Northumberland. A full report and recommendations will be available in the Autumn. A first glimpse of the results, presented by Margaret at the AGM are available here.
The guest speaker at the AGM was Emma Richardson, ( above) Poverty Lead at Northumberland County Council who spoke about how community mapping could help a town like Prudhoe realise its strengths and improve wellbeing. She said it was important to share resources and improve community networks so that everyone achieved full potential. review Emma’s slides here.
The Partnership manages Spetchells Centre and reported that all the rooms and facilities had been fully used this year , with Northumbria Police moving its staff into the Centre last December. The Partnership had undertaken initiatives on community transport and access to shops during the year and had sponsored two workshops for developing community leaders run by Mortal Fools, who are based in Spetchells Centre.
At the end of the meeting the Chair, George Hepburn, paid tribute to Eileen Burt who has moved to Jarrow and was retiring after 18 years as a trustee. George said that few people had contributed as much to the life and development of the town. Eileen recounted working with architects and builders to commission Spetchells Centre, which opened in 2001, and her leading role in developing two new shops and flats on Front Street in 2016. She said that her involvement with the Partnership had given her opportunities that she would never have dreamed of and encouraged others to get involved as well.
Prudhoe Community is a registered charity working to make Prudhoe a better place to live and work and welcomes new members to help shape its future activities.