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THE PUBLIC EXHIBITION (NOVEMBER 2001)

The public exhibition Mutley Plain Regeneration Initiative held a public exhibition in a shop on Mutley Plain in November 2001. The artists displayed their proposals for public inspection. Visitors were invited to complete a questionnaire, the results of which are presented below.

FEEDBACK FOLLOWING PUBLIC EXHIBITION

The following analysis is drawn from 65 returns.

A few of the comments received were not submitted within the questionnaire format, and not all the forms were completed, leaving certain questions unanswered, or providing general comments to be taken across questions. Because of this scores below will not always add up to 65.

Comments below reflect an analysis of each question, as well as some overall comments.

What are your views on the proposals put forward by the Commissioning Team?

1A - Seating and Planters

Positive
45
Negative
4

Most negative comments were about the design being 'too modern' and not in keeping with the Plain.

Amongst the positive comments there were a number of 'qualifying' comments. 'I like it but I'm concerned about....'

These qualifiers have been put into categories and show how many respondents were concerned about these areas.

Vandals
9
Medium
9
Colour
2
Lighting
2
Maintain
5
Trees
5

It can be seen that most of these qualifiers centred on the choice of concrete, including the lack of colour/lighting etc. and practical issues around whether they would continue to look attractive if not maintained properly or vandalised.

1B - Sculptures

Positive
26
Negative
7
Hard to Make a Judgement
9

It can be seen from these returns that a significant number of respondents could not make a judgement because they were not clear what was being proposed. Many positive comments centred on the use and choice of materials and colour. Qualifiers are given as above. These qualifiers were cited by both positive and negative responses.

Too modern/should reflect history
9
Vandalism
5
Lighting
4
Trees
3

1C - The Barrier

Positive
26
Negative
13

These designs attracted the most extreme comments either positive or negative. The qualifiers both negative and positive are grouped as follows:

Too Modern
3
Technical/Vandal worries
7
Lighting
4
Trees
8

Alongside suggestions for trees or organic forms to replace the barrier, there were 2 outright alternative suggestions under this heading. There were 2 calls for a clock and one suggestion for a series of flagpole style structures with banners hung from them.

As part of this initiative, a website is being developed. Do you think this is a good idea? If so, for what reasons would you visit the site?

Positive
20
Negative
6

Most common reasons given for the best use of the site were:

What other improvements would you like to see on the Plain, e.g. Lighting?

Most common suggestions and number of respondents:

Lighting
19
Paving
5
Cleaning
3
Pedestrian improvements
10
Café/stalls
4

Other Comments

Respondents asked for return of Christmas Tree Lights
6
Asked for improvements or removal of the toilet block
2
Asked for a clock
3
Talked about needing trees and greenery
6
Used this question to ask for a more traditional approach to the improvements
3

Asked for a bike path

1

There are a significant number of comments such as:

'Thanks to everyone involved.'
'Good to see something happening.'
'I'm glad to see artists involved in these early stages of regeneration.'

A few comments were received along the lines of:

'Good, but too modern for my liking.'
'Keep Mutley Plain plain!'

Overall response

Overall the response is positive and engaged. Where respondents have either liked or disliked plans, they have felt confident and able to say why, and to offer alternatives, additional comments or qualifiers from their own experience. The questionnaires are too small in number to be the sole factor in extracting a mandate for the programme, but as one factor, would seem to indicate an enthusiasm and interest in the integration of these designs within the initiative.

Diana Hatton January 2002

 

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