The feedback from people about what should be in a new community hub for King’s Lynn is in.
More than 400 people sent in their views about the building which will combine the library, learning opportunities and community events.
These will form part of a bid that will go to the Government to support the project.
The main findings included:
- ‘A community space for all to use in the heart of the town’ was the most popular description for the new hub, with 73 per cent of respondents choosing this;
- Access to IT facilities in the new hub was thought to be most useful;
- There was a significant appetite for training to gain skills for the workplace in the new hub;
- Business support advice was also considered to be the most useful business support offer, chosen by 69 per cent of those who sent in responses;
- People were also keen to see life skills and literacy skills offered in the new hub;
- And, volunteering and work experience opportunities were considered the most useful resources and support offer in the new hub, cited by 68 per cent of those taking part in the survey.
- People were particularly keen to see activities for adults – such as a book club – in the new hub;
- Other services people would like to see were mental health support, meeting space, café, and toilet facilities, amongst others;
- Over half of those who took part in the consultation said they were likely to use the new hub;
Graham Plant, Deputy Leader of Norfolk County Council said: “We had a fantastic response to this consultation and I would like to thank each and every person who took the time to share their thoughts, either online or in person.
“This feedback has given us a depth of insight into the perceptions, sentiment, and needs of the local community for a new hub and, together with the outcomes of the feasibility study, these findings will help to shape the brief for our architects.”