The deadline for residents to take part in a survey focusing on the regeneration of their town has been put back. The extension from September 3 to September 24 for the deadline of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) survey surrounding Cheadle comes after concerns were raised that not all households in Cheadle had received the survey – despite SMDC stating last week that they had sent out 5,000 to properties in the Moorlands town.
The deadline for residents to take part in a survey focusing on the regeneration of their town has been put back.
The extension from September 3 to September 24 for the deadline of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) survey surrounding Cheadle comes after concerns were raised that not all households in Cheadle had received the survey – despite SMDC stating last week that they had sent out 5,000 to properties in the Moorlands town.
We reported last week that SMDC had been urging residents to take part in their survey by this Friday (September 3) but that many residents had yet to receive an SMDC newsletter with accompanying survey.
The Times & Echo contacted SMDC on Thursday (August 26) asking if they would be putting the deadline back due to many residents stating that they had not received the newsletter/survey. We also asked for where in town the newsletters had been delivered to, and by who.
In response, a press release was issued by SMDC yesterday (Tuesday, August 31). Within it a spokesman said: “The consultation period for people to return surveys seeking views on the regeneration of Cheadle town centre has been extended to allow people sufficient time to respond.
“SMDC has announced the extension after receiving reports from some households in the town that they had not received the newsletter containing the survey which was distributed earlier this month.
“Responses will now be accepted up to Friday, September 24.”
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, leader of SMDC, added: “This is the start of an important consultation for Cheadle and we want to hear from everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the town. It is vital that everyone is offered the opportunity, and given sufficient time, to respond to the survey questions.
“To allow for this to happen, and in view of the comments we’re hearing that people haven’t received, or may have missed, the newsletter which contained the survey I am announcing this extension to the consultation period.
“If you think you haven’t received the newsletter and survey, you can download it from the council’s website, where you can also complete the survey online, or you can pick up a copy from Cheadle Library. You can also get in touch with the council and we’ll arrange to send a copy to you.
“We have already received hundreds of completed surveys and both paper and digital versions continue to be returned.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has submitted their views so far and I can assure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that everyone in Cheadle has the opportunity to participate.”
Cheadle town and district councillor Ian Plant is chair of the Stakeholder Panel, which has been set up to support the SMDC Cheadle Town Centre Project Delivery Board.
Cllr Plant further told the Times & Echo: “The responses up to yet have been promising but we are looking for even more in the next few weeks. We really want to hear what people of all ages have to say.
“I have had numerous phone calls, emails from people who have said they have not received the newsletter which included the questionnaire, this is not what we wanted leading into the closing weeks.
“In the last week I have been working close with officers of SMDC to have the deadline put back so we can look into why some residents had not received the newsletter. It is good that we have agreed to move the date.”
Cllr Plant added: “I have also asked how many have been printed and to look into why only one has been delivered to households that may have more than one person who we want to have the views listed.”
People can download the newsletter and complete the online survey at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/Cheadle-Town-Centre, pick up a copy from Cheadle Library or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
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