As you probably know the Neighbourhood Plan team worked very hard and quickly to get the results for the Port Royal section of their survey sorted out.
They can be found on the Council website or on their own website.
The Port Royal section of their results can be found on this page.
The summary of data shows in graph and pie chart form what people mentioned in the open text boxes of Q19 and Q22 and other questions in the section.
It makes interesting reading, especially when some people who seem to dislike the idea of retaining buildings take results out of context. For example in Q19, which was about what people didn’t want to see there, keeping the Drill Hall was mentioned slightly more times than removing it (6 people to 5 people). That would suggest more people want it demolished than kept. However, in Q22, which was about what should be retained, Heritage and old buildings were mentioned by 83 people, renovating the Drill Hall was mentioned by 58 people; where the Gig and Sea Angling clubs had 20 and 19 mentions respectively.
To take that to mean people weren’t bothered about retaining those facilities would be silly, all it means is that there wasn’t a specific question about them and so people may not have thought of mentioning them. After all, only 5 people mentioned sea defences but I know none of us want the town flooded!
The only way we will get an answer as to whether people want to retain or demolish the Drill Hall is to ask exactly that.