LISTEN: Sophie Cade explains how you can have your say on the housing situation in Dunkeld
The PH8 Community Action Plan (CAP) is working alongside the Community Housing Trust (CHT) to find out what local people would like to see improve about housing in the PH8 area.
As part of the plan, the PH8 CAP is first carrying out a survey with the CHT to identify what could change to improve housing.
Sophie Cade, Community Coordinator for PH8 Community Matters, explained: “So one of the keys areas of our action plan is housing for all in particular, looking at affordable housing in our community.
“And we are really, really lucky to be able to partner with the community’s housing trust on this. And the first step, really in terms of the housing needs and demand assessment is to carry out a survey.”
The survey is looking for everyone’s views, from young and old, local and incomer as well as businesses and residents.
Sophie Cade said: “It’s encompassing the whole area and asking people who live here about their housing, how long they’ve lived here, the kind of housing they’re living in, when they bought their house, all kinds of questions, just to get a picture of who’s living here and where they’re living.
“And also, people who want to return or relocate to the area. So, people who are looking for housing, like right now, basically, it’s asking them what their experiences are of searching for housing here.”
It’s important that the plan includes everyone from the community and they way people live impacts they way people work within the PH8 area too, that’s why the survey is asking businesses how the availability of housing impacts their trade.
Sophie Cade added: “We’re asking local businesses, existing businesses, and also any potential new start-ups, what their experiences of how housing affects their business.
“So that could be for themselves as, in terms of housing, the business on the premises or their own housing situation, but it could also be in terms of their staff and are they able to get the staff they need in the area? Where do their staff live? Are they coming from out with PH8, what kind issues does that present for them and their business?”
The survey is available online and will be open for six weeks to allow everyone with an interest in housing to have their say.
Not everyone can make their voice heard by completing the survey online so Mrs Cade will also be meeting with people in person to help them complete the survey if they want any help.
She explained: “This Saturday, on 26th of March, I will be at Amulree village hall. They’re having a lovely tea and coffee morning and raising awareness of their village hall renovation project too.
“You’ll find me sitting with an iPad and some pens and paper, and if anyone needs some help filling in the survey, you can come and see me.”
Other days when Mrs Cade will be meeting in person to help fill in the survey include:
Amulree Hall between 10 am and 12 pm on Saturday 26 March.
Dalguise Village Hall between 1pm and 3pm on Thursday 7 April.
The Co-Working Space in Little Dunkeld between 10 am and 12 pm on Tuesday April 12.
Butterstone Village Hall between 10 am and 12 pm on Monday April 18.
Birnam Library between 9:30 am and 11 am on Saturday April 23.
Birnam Arts Café between 11 am and 12 pm on Saturday April 23.
Anyone looking to complete the survey can have their say on: https://www.chtrust.co.uk/surveys.html