Views shared at listening event

At our recent listening event, we spoke with 70 local people about their thoughts on a new social hub for Aylesham.

The population of our village is set to double over the coming years and while some local facilities may be refurbished, development plans don’t include any new social spaces. In response to this, we’re exploring the potential for a new community hub, operated by and for local people.

As well as meeting community groups and local organisers, we’re hosting drop-in events where residents can share their views and ideas; St Finbarr’s Church was the venue for the event held on Saturday 20 October. As well as completing survey forms, residents were shown a range of facilities and activities and were asked to put ticks against those they felt the village could benefit from and crosses against those they felt weren’t needed.

Facilities for the arts – including a pop-up cinema – topped the list of suggestions collected at the event. Several people told us they would support a venue which brought older and younger people together, while younger visitors asked for an indoor space where they could hang out with their friends.

We’re working on our next listening event and details will be shared here and on our Facebook page.

In the meantime, the survey remains open and residents are encouraged to take part. The online version can be found here, while hard copies are available from the Post Office and Health Centre. A specific youth survey will be launched shortly.