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Thinking about Derwenthorpe: survey results

A year ago, we asked everyone how they feel about Derwenthorpe. Now we reveal the results, and ask how lockdown has changed your views.

In February 2020, just before the COVID-19 lockdown, Derwenthorpe Residents Association surveyed residents views on community infrastructure: the things that make it easy to get to know your neighbours. 

We knocked on every door on the estate, and asked people to complete our survey on paper, or online. Where there was no answer, we left a copy of the survey, which included the address of the online survey. In all, we got 123 responses, which is about 25% of all households. So, not completely representative, but we thought it was quite good given that we didn’t follow up.

There’s a more detailed report available:

What do you like about Derwenthorpe?

We asked “What do you like about Derwenthorpe?”, and tagged the answers, with one or more of these themes:

TagsNumberPer centnotes
Community7561%Incl “neighbours”, and “people”
Green space6957%Incl “lakes”, and “wildlife”
Houses5444%Incl internal utility and external appearance.
Transport2823%Incl cycle route 66, buses, and access to A64
No response54.1%
community space21.6%
What do you like about Derwenthorpe? % of people that mentioned each theme.

What community events have you attended in the last 12 months?

We asked which of these events you’d participated in, in the past year. 80% of you had been to one or more events. And, on average, people had been to four of these types of event.

To create a true community building, which of the following are needed? 

We asked what you facilities you thought were important for a community centre.

Larger Meeting Rooms6250.4%
Process for Booking8569.1%
Disabled Access6956.1%
Other 4939.8%
What facilities are important for a community building?

We asked what the best time to hold events would be. Of course, it will depend on the event, but here’s what you said:

The best times to hold events at Derwenthorpe (number of respondents who chose each time slot; some chose more than one time slot).

Household composition

We asked about the numbers of adults and children in each household. We’ve summarised the results in this table. Of the 78 children reported, twenty were under 4, forty-three were 4 to 10, and fifteen were 11 to 16. There were 232 adults reported.

Household compositionnumber of households
One adult, no children18
One adult, with children4
Two adults, no children46
Two adults, 1 child19
Two adults, 2 children20
Two adults, 3 children4
Three or more adults10
NB: one of the three adult households also had a teenage child with them. Some of these adults may be over-fifteen-year-old teenagers. We didn’t ask whether “two adults” were a couple, or anything else about the relationships between people.

Thank you

We’re grateful to those who responded. And, we’re sorry it took so long to publish these results. Things kind of got in the way in 2020! Please let us know if you have any comments or questions. The survey happened just before the first COVID lockdown. Do you think differently about Derwenthorpe now?

3 replies on “Thinking about Derwenthorpe: survey results”

Dear Ian: Thank you for arranging this Survey of last year! And for these details! They make very intriguing reading!

Much appreciated by this Survey participant! Emily Shelagh Wynne (Seebohm Quarter)

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 1:26 PM Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association wrote:

> Ian Eiloart posted: ” In February 2020, just before the COVID-19 lockdown, > Derwenthorpe Residents Association surveyed residents views on community > infrastructure: the things that make it easy to get to know your > neighbours. We knocked on every door on the estate, an” >


Thank you Ian for sending me the Derwenthorpe survey results. I wondered what had happened about this, now I know. Congratulations for presenting it in such an accessible way. It is good to have this sort of documentation for furthering plans at the SSE. I was surprised to see the 2006 “concept for community space”, what stopped them I wonder?! Jillian Currey



Thanks for your comments. I think the 2006 plans weren’t taken forward because of funding problems. You’ll recall a banking crisis the following year, that caused a lot of organisations to tighten their belts. Still, at least this gives us the opportunity to get residents input to design a better scheme.


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