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Dan and Dom would like to express their thanks for the help and support that
they received over the course of the project, which has enabled them to
complete a thorough needs analysis of Odd Down.
Particular thanks go to Bill Gay, for letting Dom stay at his house on working
nights and for letting Dom and Dan use his house as a base for the entirety of
the project.
Thanks also go to James Beattie for being a point of contact and for introducing
us to a group of young people on our first day in Odd Down, which was a
massive boost to our work.
Thank you to Sam West for being our line manager and for providing line
managerial supervision, creative ideas and support.
Thanks go to the Bath Area Play Project for their support, for introducing us to
a range of young people and for allowing us to use the youth centre as a base
on our detached work sessions.
Thank you to anyone who has helped us in any way during the project. Our
thanks to Dave Wiles, Alan Bain, Caroline Haworth, Miss Hopegood, ‘Dan the
Music Man’ and anyone else who has contributed to our work.
And finally, thank you very much to anyone who participated in the
questionnaires or in any other form of feedback that has informed our report.
It is our sincere hope that this report will reflect your contributions and inform
community development in the weeks and months to come.

Dan Crouch and Dom DeBoo


METHODOLOGY – pgs. 11 - 13
FINDINGS – pgs. 18 - 21
RECOMMENDATIONS – pgs. 22 - 23

pgs. 24 - 29
MEMBERS – pg. 30 -32
34 – 35
     NB. – For a more detailed community profile document, please see David Joyce, who will
     happily provide this information for you, from his Odd Down community profile.
     Please also see the ‘Odd Down Needs Analysis Presentation’.
 • To inform future developments in relation to
   the use of the Odd Down Centre and youth
   and community work in the area.

 • To provide evidence of need that might be
   useful in a future fundraising strategy.

 • To build relationships with young people and
   facilitate their participation in the decision
   making process.
• To meet with young people
  through detached youth work and
  initially build relationships with

• To spend the initial sessions
  mapping the area and gaining a
  greater understanding of the
  facilities present and issues facing
  the area at this time.

• To ascertain the areas where
  young people congregate and to
  build relationships with them in these places, encouraging them to participate in the
  research and to engage with the youth workers.

• To conduct needs analysis questionnaires with young people assessing a range of
  factors including their thoughts and feelings on their neighbourhood, the facilities
  they would appreciate and use, the activities they would participate in and their
  willingness to get involved in the process.

• To further relationships with young people who were meet on further occasions by
  encouraging them to participate in the consultation in a variety of creative ways.

• To build relationships with young people so that they might feel confident too
  address a community meeting and share their views and perspective with the adult
  decision makers in the community.

• To engage with community
  members to gain a community-
  wide perspective on the issues
  facing the Odd Down community
  and with particular regard to
  service provision for young people.
                                                            • To engage with local
                                                              business proprietors in
                                                              order to gain their insight
                                                              into the area and to
                                                              ascertain the main issues
                                                              facing the community
                                                              from an alternative

                                                            •   To engage with the local
                                                                churches and to consider
                                                                their role in the use of the
                                                                Odd Down Centre and
                                                                future youth work in the

•   To identify key individuals who will have significant roles in the building and shaping
    of a cohesive community in Odd Down.

•   To produce a comprehensive working report that can be used as part of a future
    funding strategy and to shape the direction of service provision in the area.

•   To work as a bridge between the community group and the local authority to ensure
    all are working together for the benefit of young people in the Odd Down area.

•   To honour the young people in Odd Down by making recommendations for future
    provision that accurately represent their views and advocate on their behalf with
    passion and integrity.

•   To build bridges between the various neighbourhoods and communities in Odd
    Down and to challenge preconceptions around anti-social behaviour.

                                                    •   To ensure that young people are
                                                        aware of their rights and

                                                    •   To inform the young people of
                                                        the local authority’s detached
                                                        youth work plans.

                                                    •   To complete with the young
                                                        people a funding bid to raise
                                                        funds for some summer activities.
Introduction and Context.
Odd Down is a community in need of
hope. It is obviously an area that is
passionate and contains individuals whose
dearest desire is to see the community
develop and the area improve. The
facilities in Odd Down are practically non-
existent, particularly since the youth
centre closed. A frequent bus service to
the centre of Bath suggests that people
are expected to travel into the city for
their amenities, information and support
and advice. There are a number of well
used facilities in Odd Down, not least the BMX track, which is of a National standard, and is an
investment that deserves as much positive publicity as is possible. The open grassland and
sports pitches that are adjacent to this facility are also an incredibly versatile and important
facility for the people of Odd Down and in particular the young people. The concrete court,
adjacent to the youth centre is a well used facility that proves invaluable in the absence of the
youth centre itself, both for young people to congregate and use and as a venue for youth work
to be conducted. There are a number of housing estates that contribute to Odd Down and each
of these has its own identity, needs and wants. One of the biggest challenges to any worker will
be to develop a cohesive community that challenges the divisions between these separate
neighbourhoods. These divisions are deeply ingrained historically, but are manifested in a far
less strict manner. The work of the needs analysis has proven that there is potential to break
these barriers, particularly in young people, who are apathetic to each other, rather than
territorial and aggressive.

                                                                Cr ime and Anti - social
                                                                Crime      Anti-

                                                                Anti-social behaviour, crime and
                                                                the fear of crime and the
                                                                difficulties associated with
                                                                young people congregating in
                                                                groups are all issues rife in Odd
                                                                Down. They are perhaps at the
                                                                heart of the major issues the
                                                                community is facing.
                                                              Crime figures would support this
                                                              fear, with an increase in actual
                                                              bodily harm of 10 incidents, from
                                                              28 incidents to 38 incidents, an
                                                              increase in domestic burglary of 5
                                                              incidents from 22 incidents to 27.
                                                              Theft from motor vehicles also
                                                              increased from 17 to 24 and
                                                              criminal damage increased from
                                                              117-125 incidents.

                                                                This does however need to be
                                                                considered in relation to the fact
                                                                that common assault decreased by
50% from 46 incidents to 23 and harassment decreased by 15 incidents from 31 to 16. Overall,
crime decreased by 17% between 2006-07 and 2007-08 which is a significant decrease.
However, in spite of this, fear of crime is not easily challenged and the lack of centre based
provision has increased negative perceptions of young people because they are forced to
congregate in public areas.

Youth Centre
B&NES council reduced the funding for youth provision by around 30% (approximately
£400,000) in 2007 and there were no concessions to these cuts for the financial year
commencing in April 2008. The youth service resultantly had to close two youth centres and
two full time workers (or equivalent). One of the youth centres earmarked for closure was Odd
Down. The local authority intend to use detached youth workers to facilitate the youth work in
this area, but there has been a gap in provision between the closure of the youth centre and the
implementation of detached work. In the meantime, Bath Area Play Project (BAPP) have taken
tenancy in the youth centre and have a number of plans for developing service provision outside
of their regular remit of
younger children.
Additionally, a steering group
of concerned community
members and stakeholder
was established to oversee
strategic development for
youth provision and to
consider the development of
Odd Down youth centre as a
‘Community Centre.’ This has
led to the establishment of a
community association, at
whose inaugural meeting
these findings were first
                                                                      presented, and to which 40+
                                                                      adults and at least 10 young
                                                                      people attended. A small
                                                                      group of residents and
                                                                      community members was
                                                                      established to develop the
                                                                      strategy for progress. This
                                                                      research was commissioned
                                                                      by the steering group, in
                                                                      partnership with the local
                                                                      authority to inform their
                                                                      developments, particularly
                                                                      with regard to funding. In
                                                                      spite of seemingly making
progress with the young people, while we were in Odd Down, they vandalised the youth centre
on at least three occasions, the latter of which was the most serious. These young people have
had ‘everything’ taken away from them; the youth centre is seen as the final nail in the coffin.
While this certainly does not excuse this behaviour, it goes a little way to explaining it.
However, it is indicative of the challenge that is Odd Down. The young people need to have this
attitude challenged by detached workers and the community and opportunities need to be
sought to enable them to see that they can break this cycle of hopelessness.

Young People – ‘Stop talking, start doing!’
Odd Down is an area that desperately needs youth provision and activities for young people to
engage in. The census from 2001 highlights that approximately 490 young people live in the
Odd Down area. In our few weeks in the community we have met with 102 young people. It is
therefore our conclusion that the research engaged with approximately 20% of the population
of young people. The wide range of responses to our questionnaire forms the basis of this
report. Young people engaged in a number of different activities to offer their opinions on Odd
Down as a place to live. The common thread that joins all responses together is that they are
bored. The young people we met
were engaging, far from apathetic
and enjoyed dialoguing with us and
expressing their opinion. There was
a sense of hopelessness emanating
from them which was of great
concern and is something new
workers in the area will need to be
both aware of and challenge. The
young people actually provided the
title for this report – ‘Stop talking,
start doing!’ because they have
been asked on a number of
occasions what they would like, but
nothing has ever materialised. There are a number of young people who are going to be the
passionate community leaders of the future.

A number of community
members also completed
questionnaires, providing
another perspective on
the area and showing that
there is a real heart for
this place in its people.
What they are lacking is
cohesion. The people who
engaged positively with us
had two things in
common. Firstly, they
were local, and had a real
heart for the area.
Secondly, a number of
them have been the victims in one way or another of anti-social behaviour. This has had a
negative impact on a few of them, but has also challenged them to consider the reasons behind
the behaviour and to acknowledge the dearth of opportunities and facilities is crucial to this
situation. The community is an open, welcoming place that has supported our research with
great commitment and engaged with us honestly and with integrity that is representative of
their care for the community. While this aspect of the research was ultimately less successful,
in terms of the overall picture this was not of great concern. The young people are an
important part of the community, rather than a group ‘outside’ of the community. The raw
materials are certainly in place to improve this area and to develop it into a place of which the
locals can be proud. There are a number of individuals that are going to be key in these
developments, and the church has an absolutely massive role to play. Some of these are
mentioned in the acknowledgements and recommendations sections of this report.

It is our hope that as we complete our work in Odd Down with this report, that this might not
signal the end of something, but rather the beginning of something more than the young people
of Odd Down could ‘ask or imagine’. The work we have completed has been an excellent
experience and the young people have proven they have the potential to change this
community for the better.

NB. – For a more detailed community profile document, please see David Joyce, who will
happily provide this information for you, from his Odd Down community profile.
Please also see the ‘Odd Down Needs Analysis Presentation’.
A number of youth and community
work methods were used in completing
this research:

Relationships were initiated with young
people and then built upon
purposefully, through,

   •   Individual Questionnaires.
       These were completed with or
       by young people. The questions asked were carefully considered in order to gain the
       information necessary to influence service provision, programme construction and
       activity development.

   •   Group Questionnaires. Again, were completed with or by young people. A group
       questionnaire is possibly a more appropriate format in this setting as young people are
       often more willing to complete questionnaires with their friends.

   •   A-Z of Odd Down. Creative consultation for groups of young people met on numerous
       occasions. Think of one word or phrase beginning with each letter of the alphabet to
       describe the group, an activity you have participated in, or one that you would like to
       participate in. This activity was a fun method that built relationships in addition to
       highlighting needs.

   •   Good, Bad and Ugly in Odd Down. Creative consultation for groups of young people met
       on numerous occasions. Self explanatory really, but a good method for understanding
       what young people think about the group, their likes, dislikes and the areas they would
       like to see improved. This activity was fun and gauged opinions in a non-threatening,
       different way.

                                                              •   Arts. Through artistic
                                                                  expression, it is possible to
                                                                  complete a needs analysis that
                                                                  is appropriate for young
                                                                  people with this learning style.
                                                                  Further, it is not merely the
                                                                  artistic method that can be
                                                                  consultative, but the dialogue
                                                                  between workers and young
                                                                  people during the project can
                                                                  fulfil this role, if facilitated
                                                                  correctly, as the young
                                                                  people’s community boards
•   Reconnaissance and
    Research. Time was
    spent researching
    background to the
    area, meeting people
    important to the
    community and gaining
    a general
    understanding of the
    community. From
    these perceptions, it
    was possible to
    formulate a
    understanding before
    commencing work.

•   School Visits. By visiting schools it is possible to build relationships with young people in
    a different context and to gain a deeper understanding of their needs linking to their
    formal education experience. It also offers a different perspective on the area from both
    young people that live there and

•   Community Visits. By visiting other community organisations it is possible to develop an
    understanding of the other service providers in the area. It built relationships with the
    community and advocate on behalf of young people. It is also possible to gauge
    community perceptions of young people and young people’s provision and their
    understanding of needs.

                                                           •   Interest Groups. Some issues
                                                               that young people face, such as
                                                               the closure of a youth centre
                                                               are naturally going to create
                                                               interest from specific young
                                                               people and needs analysis with
                                                               these individuals enables the
                                                               development to reflect the
                                                               needs of a small group of
                                                               members, representing a wider
                                                               range of service users. It is also
                                                               possible to conduct analysis
                                                               with other young people in the
                                                               community to get a broader
                                                               perspective on the needs of
                                                               young people.

•   Workshops – By developing specific workshops, it was possible to conduct a needs
    analysis as one aspect of the young people’s participation in an already identified
    activity, such as developing community boards, completing questionnaires etc.
   •   Retailer Participation. By involving the retailers from the community in the research it
       was possible to gain yet another perspective on youth provision in the area and to
       explain the situation to local business stakeholders, some of whom were prepared to
       become involved in the development of provision. Getting the local retailers involved
       also adds to the development of community cohesion.

   •   Questionnaires in SAE’s. These were used as a method of involving the retailers, who
       were often busy when we visited and enabled a significant number of businesses to
       contribute a valuable perspective. These were also used in the schools visited and to
       gain opinions from BAPP.

   •   Disposable Cameras. By providing small groups of young people with disposable
       cameras, we were able to gain an insight into the true perceptions of young people on
       their community. This enabled a picture to be built that was totally from the perspective
       of young people and a very powerful image. It was perhaps the most successful of all
       the consultation techniques.

   •   Church Viewpoints – The church will always have ideas and capacity for the youth work
       and is a source that often offers positive input regarding the needs of young people. The
       committee chaired by Alan Bain is fortunate to have a number of church based
       members; there is also Rush Hill URC in the locality.

   •   Partner Agencies Consultation - When partner agencies consider our involvement,
       needs can emerge that are important for young people that we may not have discovered
       ourselves. Partner agencies will also provide an honest reflection on our service and the
       opportunity to work together. In particular this was effective with the relationship with
       BAPP, who were very supportive of our work.

NB. The workers used these methods and spent 50 hours on this project in the field and
another 40 in presenting research, presentations and compiling and analysing the findings. In
a block, youth workers engaged in six sessions of youth work each week, at various times of
the day and both inside and outside of school terms.

                          St Philip and St James Church,
                          Odd Down.

 Odd Down Youth Centre,
 Wansdyke Road

                                    The Co-Op, the only
                                    Supermarket in Odd Down
  Odd Down Shopping

                                  Odd Down borders on some
                                  beautiful countryside.

Odd Down is well connected to
Bath with a regular bus service
and the Park & Ride
                               Saint Gregory’s is one of many
                               schools in the area

The ‘New Estate’ has a
number of young people.
This is where they can ‘hang

                                    The Cranmore estate has
                                    similar provision issues.
                                         The BMX track is well used by
                                         young people, both from Odd
                                         Down and the surrounding

There are many areas of space in Odd
Down that are disused, like this area,
waiting for a supermarket to be built.

                                         The ‘hang out’ place for young
                                         people on the Cranmore estate.
    Findings – What did we discover?

a) The predominant feeling perpetuated by young people is boredom and most have
    described having ‘nothing to do’. This offers an opportunity, in that young people are
    often willing to respond and engage in activities that provide a break from routine.

b) There are significant problems with anti-social behaviour including underage drinking,
    smoking, vandalism, etc, much of which can be attributed to boredom. Most of the
    young people that we encountered are engaged in underage drinking and smoking,
    including smoking weed. A minority of young people are also engaged in vandalism and
    crime and have caused significant damage in the area, but these are not representative
    of the majority of young people in Odd Down. The bakery has been a regular target for

c) There is a widespread desire among community members to see young people ‘off the
    streets’. Young people tend to congregate in large groups, particularly outside the youth
    centre, on the New estate, and in Cranmore park and these groups can be perceived as

d) There is a tension between the young people on the Cranmore Estate and the local
   residents. Young people are regularly the subject of complaints and are often asked to
   move on or are heavily observed by the police. However, as they have pointed out, there
   is nowhere for them to move on to and this is leading to a build up of frustration and the
   development of a siege mentality.

e) There is a strong sense of territory, divided by the main roads. Young people from the
    Cranmore estate will tend to remain on their own estate, as will those hanging around
    by the youth centre and on the New estate. However, there are friendship links
   between the groups and they do not appear to be hostile to each other.

f) There is a strong desire for localised ‘youth shelters’, or places where young people can
    hang out. These need to preferably be warm, sheltered and provide adequate seating
    and bins.

g) There are a large number of children and young people under the age of 13, who could
    potentially inherit the current boredoms and frustrations of young people in the area in
    the coming years if adequate provision is not in place.

h) The area seems to be suffering from a lack of hope. Young people appear to have very
    little ambition, self esteem or vision for themselves or the area. Many young people
    have dropped out of school and there are several who are neither in education or

i) The above means that they are susceptible to social labelling, dictating that they will only
    ever be good for certain types of work, college courses, lifestyles, etc. However, many of
    them are very talented, intelligent and generally aware and have skills that in other
    contexts would make them stand out.

j) Young people are keen to be listened to, and have people respond to their needs. They
    indicated that they have been contacted several times before in order to ask for their
    views and opinions on the area but seemingly, little has happened as a result. They want

k) They also tend to respond positively to trust. During our research we distributed four
    disposable cameras for the young people to take photographs of the area, and had
    three returned. Young people were also pleasantly surprised to find that we trusted
    them by giving them a football, although this was not returned.

l) There is a sense of pride in the area and many young people are willing to volunteer
    their time in order to help organise and run activities, particularly for the younger ones.
    There are also some very committed members of the community that have a lot of
                                                     respect amongst the young people. In
                                                     particular, James Beattie (Jimmy), is a
                                                     very important contact and way in to
                                                     working with young people.

                                                        Unlock the barriers to young
                                                        people’s participation in Odd
Where is Odd Down? – An Aerial Map.
Recommendations – What we suggest...

 a) Investigate the possibility of hiring a snack van and an ice cream van to pitch near the
     BMX track at weekends. The BMX track is used regularly and there is a demand for food
     and drinks. This would potentially also be used by people playing football or rugby in
     Chelwood Park.

 b) Make contact with some of the area’s local residents, particularly those living in the flats
    and bungalows on the Cranmore Estate and ask them for their experiences of young
    people. This will offer them an opportunity to air their frustrations, identify problem
    individuals and make suggestions as to future development. It will also create an
    opportunity to inform them of impending detached youth work and provide regular
    updates on progress made, explaining the long term nature of the work.

 c) Run a summer activities programme for young people, including organised sports
     activities, opportunities for skills acquisition and potentially a day trip to Weston Super
     Mare or other extended activity; paintballing, go-karting, etc.

 d) Work intensively with specific young people, particularly those over 16, who are (NEET)
    currently not engaged in education or work in order to get them either into education
    or employment.

 e) Highlight young people that are potential activists and offer them opportunities for
    volunteering as part of an accredited and supported programme. Accreditation could be
    sought from Duke of Edinburgh, Millenium Volunteers, etc

 f) Co-ordinate a community clear-up operation, in order to clear rubbish and glass from
     parks, streets, green spaces, the football court and BMX Track. The operation could also
     include removing graffiti and paint public buildings in need of painting. Try and publicise
     this widely, including contacting councillors, local newspapers, etc and incorporate as
   many different community factions as possible including willing young people. At the
   end of the day, potentially look to offer a barbeque and have a DJ, performers, etc as
   part of a celebration of a combined effort in volunteering. This will help to increase
   morale, develop the sense of community cohesion and help foster a sense of pride in
   the area.

g) Follow up the group of Cranmore young people that participated in the presentation on
    Thursday 22nd May, and ask two or three of them to represent their group on the
    Committee. Speak to James Beattie and ask him to identify one or two young people
    that would be good representatives of the group that hang around in close proximity to
    the youth centre and ask them if they would be involved in representing their group on
    the Committee.

h) In response to findings h) and i), we would strongly advocate the need to re-define
    young people’s self perception. It might be worth investigating the possibility of offering
    a rewards scheme for positive interaction and contribution to the life of the community.
    For example, for young people that represent their groups on the Committee, offer
    them £40 worth of vouchers to spend at Topshop, Burton’s or Next, in order to buy a
    shirt, tie and trousers or formal top and skirt that they would be contracted to wear
    when making presentations to the community or committee. This would also offer the
    opportunity to take the representatives on a day trip to Bath shopping for smart clothes
    and could also form the basis for some small group work or training. There may be
    funding available to do this. This could potentially enable the young people to see
    themselves in a new light, extend their sense of self worth and even expand their
i) Integrate service provision for the young people between the different service providers
    in the area. Therefore, make links with the Bath Area Play Project, St Gregory’s Catholic
    School, St Phillips and St James Church and the Bath and North East Somerset detached
    youth workers soon to be introduced into the area.
j) Ensure that whatever action is taken is developed with recognition of the long term,
    medium term and short term implications. Develop a strategy, rather than a number of
                                                               individual responses to
                                                               issues, becoming proactive
                                                               rather than reactive.

                                                          Give young people access to the
                                                          facilities they want, to avoid them
                                                          creating access for themselves.
Appendix One - Findings of the Odd Down

Total people giving feedback
Young People: 102
Community Members: 16

How did they contribute?
Community Members – 16 completed Questionnaires
Young People
  - 14 Individually Completed Questionnaires
  - 22 Questionnaires completed as a group (2 young people or more)
  - 13 Good / Bad and the Ugly Sheets
  - 2 A-Z of Odd Down
  - 3 groups provided photo’s

     All data is from the questionnaires completed.

Who are they?

                 Under 13        13 - 17           18+         Total
   Boys             16             47               4            67
   Girls             8             27                            35

What did they say?
  1. What do you like about the area?
     Nothing                                                           50
     BMX Track                                                         29
     The parks 23 (before the vandalism 2) Total                       25
     Sports Facilities; Pitches, Football Court, Basketball Hoops, etc 22
     The People in the Community                                       21

     Food – Chinese and Chippy                                         17
   Staying out of trouble                       13
   Playing Fields                               12
   Hanging out with mates                       12
   Local Shops                                  10
   Places to drink and chill                    5
   The old youth club                           4
   Staying In                                   4
   Houses                                       1

2. What don’t you like about the area?
Boredom                                    62
Constant Police Presence                   23
The estate                                 21
Lack of Provision                          17
Vandalism                                  14
Anti-Social Behaviour                      13
Litter; Burnt Stuff, Glass, Rubbish, etc   10
The people in the community                9
Closure of the youth centre                9
Teenagers hanging around the streets       9
Alcohol and Drugs Problems                 9
Rubbish Parks                              9
Cranmore Flats                             8
Complaints from Residents                  7
Unsafe (particularly at night)             6
Too Cold                                   5
Crime                                      3
Boys dominate the BMX track                3
Graffiti                                   2
Rubbish Shops                                               1
Schools                                                     1

3. How could the area be improved?
More provision and facilities for older young people       26
Places to chill out and play pool                          25
Reopen the youth centre as a youth and community centre    23
Improve Parks (Swings)                                     20
Trips and activities; Ice Skating, Bowling, etc            16
More football / tennis / basketball courts                 13
Snack Bar selling drinks and food at BMX Track             11
Organised Football in the estate                           10
More Fast Food Places                                      8
Improve Buildings and shops                                8
Lights and Benches in Cranmore Park                        8
Better Security of youth centre and football court; CCTV   8
cameras, lock the court at night, etc
Use the grass area next to St Martins school               5
Starting Gate at the BMX Track                             4
Goalposts in parks                                         4
Quiz Night / Disco 0n Friday nights                        3
Tidy up the community                                      3
Instigate a reward system, rewarding good behaviour with   2
Increased funding for youth club                           2
One to One work and support                                2
Sitting area and Shelter at the BMX Track                  2
More facilities in Cranmore estate                         2
Repair the park from vandalism                             2
Skate Park                                                1
Clean up dog mess                                         1
Cinema or an arcade                                       1

4. What sort of facilities would you like to see in your area?

Youth Centre (at weekends)                              67/2
Youth Shelter (at BMX Track)                            43/6
Football Pitches / Hoops                                 36
Basketball Hoops                                         33
Youth Cafe                                               22
Portable Skate Ramps                                     13
Sports                                                    8
Swings                                                    8
Some facilities for young people on Cranmore Estate       8
Internet Cafe                                             5
Climbing Wall                                             5
Astroturf                                                 5
Golf                                                      4
Another Five-a-Side Pitch – Concrete                      8
Club                                                      3
Swimming Pool                                             2
Sports Centre                                             2
Golf                                                      1
Cinema                                                    1
Arcade                                                    1
Clubs/Organisations                                       1
5. What sort of activities would you be interested in taking
   part in?
                       Males/% of those Females/% of
                       consulted        those consulted

Basketball            60/90%           17/48%           77

Football              63/94%           13/37%           76

Climbing              54/81%           18/51%           72

DJ’ing                57/85%           16/46%           63

Abseiling             52/77%           15/43%           67

Paintball             51/76%           14/40%           65

Canoeing              54/81%           11/31%           65

Drama/Dance           30/45%           22/63%           52

Go Karting            28/42%           13/37%           41

Netball               4/6%             13/37%           17

Arts & Crafts         4/6%             11/31%           15

Rugby                 Insignificant    Insignificant    11

Trampoline            Insignificant    Insignificant    11

Community Events      Insignificant    Insignificant    8

Residential           Insignificant    Insignificant    7

Unihockey             Insignificant    Insignificant    7

Camping               Insignificant    Insignificant    7

Boxing                Insignificant    Insignificant    7

Hockey at Bath        Insignificant    Insignificant    5
Bowling               Insignificant    Insignificant    5

Baseball              Insignificant    Insignificant    5

Street Art            Insignificant    Insignificant    5

Quad Biking           Insignificant    Insignificant    5
 Martial Arts          Insignificant   Insignificant   4

 Windsurfing           Insignificant   Insignificant   4

 Rope Courses          Insignificant   Insignificant   4

 Scramblers            Insignificant   Insignificant   3

 Laserquest            Insignificant   Insignificant   3

 Fundraising           Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Singing               Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Swimming              Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Gymnastics            Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Work Experience       Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Farm                  Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Ice Skating           Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Remote Control Cars   Insignificant   Insignificant   2

 Cricket               Insignificant   Insignificant   1

 Drumming              Insignificant   Insignificant   2

Community Consultation.
What did they say?
Community Responses

                     19-30        31-50         50+   Total

   Males               2             4           1      7

  Females              2             4           3      9

   1. What do you like about the area?
Near to open countryside                                    5

Good local amenities (Shops, Post Office etc)               5

Community Spirit                                            5

Local People                                                4

Good Bus Service                                            3

Have always lived here                                      2

It’s quiet                                                  1

Football Fields                                             1

Close proximity to the town centre                          1

Nothing                                                     1

Churches                                                    1

Good local schools                                          1

Green Spaces                                                1

Projects and Optimism for Community                         1

The Wansdyke Pub                                            1
  2. What don’t you like about the area?

Vandalism                                                      5
Not enough facilities for young people                         4

Anti-Social Behaviour                                          3

Intimidating areas; (Co-op, The Wansdyke Pub)                  2

Untidy; Litter, etc                                            2

Financial Damage                                               1

Limited Shops                                                  1

Not policed often enough                                       1

Crime                                                          1

The Red Lion Pub                                               1

Lack of pride in the facilities available among young people   1

Lack of pride in the environment                               1

Lack of pride and self esteem in the community                 1

Breakdown of family                                            1

No community centres                                           1

Impoverished housing estates                                   1

Exclusion from Baths international heritage                    1

Nothing to do                                                  1

Intimidating groups of young people                            1

Over developing                                                1

Heavy Traffic                                                  1
3. How could the area be improved?

 Improve facilities for young people                     4

 Regular social events for all ages                      3

 Increased Police Patrols                                3

 Re-open and renovate the youth centre                   3

 Large Outdoor events in the summer                      2

 Safe spaces for young people to spend time              2

 More Police Community Support Officers                  2

 Develop a community spirit                              1

 Community Centre for bingo, quiz nights, etc.           1

 Community sports and leisure facility                   1

 Discouragement of violence from senior family members   1

 More shops/ supermarkets                                1

 Use problem youth to contribute back to community       1
 through community service

 Halt building development                               1

 Enforce the speed limit on the A367                     1

 Clean up the area                                       1

4. Can offer help in the organisation process

James Beattie 01225 461639

David John Skuse 01225 837026

Caroline Place (Bath Area Play Project) 01225 313946

Lydia Frater 07792188440

Kim Blake 07894142484

Nigel Roberts 01225 33636
  2001 Census Data for Odd Down
  Table 2.
                 DEPRIVATION   PEOPLE LIVING IN   11-19 (AT 2001)

ODD DOWN NORTH   14.78         23                 172

ODD DOWN         14.83         22                 164

ODD DOWN SOUTH   18.46         32                 154
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