It’s taken longer than they ever promised, and you have just a couple of weeks to take part, but Imperial have finally come up with a way in which you can tell them just what you think about Wye Park. Follow this link and you can have your say online by filling in a form. But get it in by May 5 ‘so the results can be discussed at the next Consultation Panel meeting and the Community Workshop’.
Quite how people are supposed to know this ‘Wye Campus Vision Questionnaire’ exists is beyond us. We weren’t told; only eagle-eyed save-wye reader Andy Gubb spotted it. The questions are summarised below if you’d like to think about them before you answer. You will also find a print version here. Since we have no way of knowing whether Imperial are actually distributing them in the village, you can also find a copy below — please print it out and give it to people without internet access. They can be filled in with a pen and sent direct to the college.
It’s nice they should finally get around to ‘consultation’. But we tend to agree with Andy Gubb when he says, ‘I note that many of the questions are worded in a way which presupposes the development going ahead — they’re along of the lines of “What would be the best use for land when it is re-developed?” and “What are the most important attributes of to maintain [when we go ahead and implement our proposals]?”
The questions Imperial would like you to answer…
Q1: What are the key attributes which truly define the village’s character and heritage?
Q2: What are the main elements of the community which must be maintained and could be strengthened over time?
Q3: What existing community facilities and infrastructure are underprovided for in Wye?
Q4: What are the highlights of the ‘Community Calendar’ each year?
Q5: Besides the level crossing, what other current factors impact or impede local traffic, parking and usage of the rail station?
Q6: What factors impact or impede walking and cycling?
Q7: If the historic Imperial College Buildings are not ‘fit’ for state-of-the-art research facilities, how would you like to see them be re-used and revitalised?
Q8: If the area of the campus directly north of the historic ‘Quad’ were redeveloped, what uses would be best located there?
Q9: When the agricultural studies at the college cease to exist, how should the existing agricultural facilities and lands be best used in the future?
Q10: What are the key attributes which truly define the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?
Q11: What are the key elements of the natural landscape setting that need to be maintained and strengthened over time?
Q12: Could the future research institute and research park be seen as the next logical step in the organic growth of the village?
Q13: Should development be located adjacent to or as far away from the village as possible?
Adjacent to the village
Q14: How should new development ‘link’ to and ‘engage’ the existing community? What should link them together?