To explore the degree of public support for a new performing arts centre in the Chew Valley, a public consultation exercise was undertaken by Naomi Kent of locally-based Blue Marble Research.
The general public consultation ran from February to April 2015. Questionnaires were distributed at local community arts events, Chew Valley School events, and at local community venues e.g. shops and hairdressers. Responses could also be made online via The Valley website and this was advertised to the community via the Chew Valley Gazette, local primary schools and word-of-mouth.
A total of 435 completed questionnaires were received, which represents 4% of the target adult population of the area. Research consultant Naomi Kent describes this as "A respectable response rate for a consultation of this nature - in an era when we are all constantly bombarded with requests for 'feedback'."
The results from the local community consultation show almost universal support for the Valley Arts proposal (95% support, including 75% strongly support). In addition the consultation revealed high levels of predicted use of the centre amongst the local community: at least two in five consultees said they were "very likely" to attend a range of different performances, productions or activities.
There is almost universal support for the principle of a new performing arts centre amongst potential users, both local community groups and touring companies, with three quarters strongly supporting the new venture.
Read the full consultation The Valley Consultation Full Findings