Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

The Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire has been delivered to all households in Wedmore Parish and paper and downloadable copies closed for submission on 12th April.

Online availability of the Questionnaire closed on 17th April 2017.

If you have any queries, please phone (01934 713087) or email the Parish Council  and one of the Neighbourhood Plan Team will get back to you.

A number of correspondents have asked about the Weighting in the Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan Survey Data

 The Neighbourhood plan survey gave every adult (16+) in the Parish of Wedmore an opportunity to take part. However as in many surveys, those who do take part do not necessarily reflect the parish population as a whole. For different reasons some people are more likely to take part than others, for example during general elections older people are more likely to vote than younger people. This was the case in the Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan Survey.

If we leave the results as they are the voice of older people is going to be stronger than younger residents as proportionally more of them completed the questionnaire. However the object of the survey is to give an equal voice to all residents. In order to do this, the data has been weighted to better represent the population distribution. This is common practice in most surveys where the objective is to represent views of the whole population.  

We know the distribution of the adult population by age from the 2011 census, so we can weight the survey data to correctly reflect this distribution. Weighting gives a higher value to responses from those age groups under-represented, and visa versa for the over represented. This ensures that the findings reflect the opinions of the population as whole rather than just those who took part in the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Questionnaire!