Place Standard

Clackmannanshire Council in partnership with Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) are seeking your views on the regeneration of Alva, including how best to redevelop a prominent site in the Town Centre, the Council owned Glentana Mill.

There is the potential to develop housing and complementary uses for the site and give wider improvements for the town to help make it a better place for an ageing population too.   As an active participant in the area your views are important in helping shape these future plans.
 
This exercise will build on previous consultation with the community undertaken in 2019 leading to the streetscape works which are already now completed on Brook Street and are now planned for Stirling Street.  
  
The following questionnaire is based on a revised draft of the The Place Standard tool which can help support the design and delivery of successful places, helping to create good-quality places where people want to live. 
 
The 14 themes have been carefully chosen based on evidence about their combined influence on our health and wellbeing and your local knowledge and a shared understanding of Alva will help the Council to make good decisions about the Glentana site and target their resources. 
 
The following question help you to think about Alva now and in the future – what could change and what impact would that have. When completing the questionnaire please do consider where you feel the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on your experiences in Alva. Think about Alva in different contexts, for example time of day, day of the week, seasons or weather conditions. Think about Alva from your own perspective but also from the point of view of others that may be different to you, for example people that are disabled/non-disabled, hearing/ vision impaired, older/ younger  
 
  • You DO need to answer all of the main questions for all themes – capture the  scoring and key points. You DO NOT need to answer every ‘think about’ question – these are prompts that may or may not be appropriate in your place. You MAY want to think about other things that are not included but are important in Alva and add your own questions  
 
Please note that there is a small element of duplication in the content of some themes across the tool – if you find you have already covered a topic, feel free to score and move on. 
 
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 The information you provide will be collected via Survey Monkey  and A&DS will hold that information for 3 months and thereafter the survey details will be deleted from Survey Monkey database.  You can keep in touch about the redevelopment of the Glentana site and the wider regeneration of Alva by sending a

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* Please provide some general data about yourself to help the Council analyse the results and identify whether there are specific issues for some people in Alva. What age are you?

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* What is your gender?

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* Date of assessment 

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* Moving Around

Pleasant and safe routes can encourage people to move around without relying on cars or public transport – this is good for health and good for the environment and air quality. This can include off-road paths, wide pavements, quiet streets with reduced speed limits, and walking and cycling routes that can be used by people in wheelchairs or with mobility aids or prams.

How easy is it to move around Alva and get to where I want to go? 

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Are paths and routes suitable? (walk, wheel, or cycle) 
  • Are there enough routes for people to get to where they want to go? (shops, school, work, parks, public transport) 
  • Are routes attractive and safe? (good surfaces, well-lit, seating, continuous, clean and clear, free from pollution) 
  • Can everyone use them? (all ages and mobility, vision/ hearing impaired, pushchairs and prams, bikes and mobility aids) 
  • Are there any barriers? (pavement parking, traffic volume and speed, conflict over space; lack of dropped kerbs, tactile paving or safe crossing points; no safe bike or mobility aid parking, overgrown hedges or refuse bins) 
     

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Public Transport 
 
Good public transport is affordable, reliable and well connected. This can reduce reliance on cars and encourage people to get around in ways that are better for the environment and for their health.

What is public transport like in Alva?

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Is public transport a good option? (safe and convenient, frequent and reliable, affordable, clean and comfortable, easy to change between services) 
  • Can everyone use services? (wheelchairs, bicycles, prams, vision/ hearing impaired) 
  • Do facilities and services have what people need? (toilets, seating, cycle storage, shelter from weather, car parking, visual/ audio help points, green/ low emissions) 
  • Is there information on services? (easy to find, easy to use, clear and accessible, understandable) 
  • Does the public transport system in place allow people to get to where they need to go if they can’t get there by walking, wheeling or cycling? (health centre, shops, to meet friends, parks)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Traffic and parking 
 
Traffic and parking affects how people move around. Good arrangements can help people to get the most out of their place. 

How do traffic and parking affect how I move around Alva?

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Do people have priority over vehicles? (traffic calming measures, good pedestrian routes, safe road crossing points) 
  • How does traffic affect people? (congestion, speed, pollution, noise, fear of vehicles or bicycles, delivery vehicles) 
  • What impact does parking have? (on walking, wheeling and cycling, accessibility of pavements, attractiveness of the area) 
  • What is parking like? (safe and secure, in a convenient location, accessible for blue badge holders, cars/ bicycles, inconsiderate parking) 
  • Are there options for lower carbon travel? (car clubs, car sharing schemes, park and ride, electric vehicle charging, bike hire or bike sharing schemes)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Streets and spaces 
 
Buildings, landmarks, greenery, views and natural landscape can help to create an attractive place that people enjoy being in. Distinctive streets and spaces can help people to find their way around, and greener streets and spaces are not just good for wellbeing but also for the environment and for biodiversity.

What are the buildings, streets and public spaces like in Alva?

Here are some things to think about: 
  • What are streets and spaces like? (welcoming, distinctive, pleasant, accessible, fun, sheltered, shaded, places to rest, adaptable) 
  • Are there points of interest? (local landmarks, historic features, public squares, parks and gardens, trees) 
  • Is it easy to find my way around? (good surfaces, visual features, well signposted, direct and easy routes to follow) 
  • How accessible are spaces for everyone? (tactile surfaces, dropped kerbs, bollards and sandwich boards) 
  • Are there any challenges? (flooding, derelict buildings, vacant land, pollution, litter, lighting, busy roads and pavements, bollards and sandwich boards, illegal parking)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future? 

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* Natural space 
 
Good quality natural spaces provide many benefits – improving health and wellbeing, supporting wildlife, reducing flooding, and improving air quality. This includes parks and woodlands, fields, streams, canals and rivers, the coastline, green spaces alongside paths and roads, and tree-lined streets. 

How easy is it for me to regularly enjoy natural space in Alva?

Here are some things to think about: 
  • What kind of natural spaces are there? (welcoming, easy to get to, accessible, safe and secure, well-connected) 
  • Can everyone use the spaces? (disabled people, dog walking, prams and buggies, walking and cycling, local food growing, playing, places to rest) 
  • Are spaces looked after? (clean, safe, in good order, community volunteers) 
  • What stops people using spaces? (litter, noise, dog fouling, surface mud/ dirt, air quality, flooding, no seating, overcrowding) 
  • How can natural space work better for us? (drainage, rewilding, protect and encourage wildlife and nature, tree planting, clearer air, shade)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future? 

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* Play and recreation 
 
Play and recreation can improve the quality of our lives; our health and wellbeing and is essential for children’s development. Places with a range of formal and informal indoor and outdoor spaces and events encourage children, teenagers and adults to play and enjoy leisure, culture and sporting activities. 
 
How good are the spaces and opportunities for play and recreation in Alva? 

Here are some things to think about: 
  • What opportunities are there? (play, sports, culture, arts, leisure, playing outdoors) 
  • Are there places that everyone can enjoy? (children and young people, adults and older people, non-disabled and disabled, vision/ hearing impaired, locals and visitors) 
  • Are spaces and facilities well used? (easy to get to, free or affordable, safe and well- maintained, fun and welcoming, different times of day or year) 
  • How else could we make the most of what we have? (streets close to home, vacant and derelict land, playgrounds, natural spaces, libraries and public buildings, hosting activities and events) 
  • Are there any issues? (access, location, lighting, noise, cost, public toilets, traffic, weather, play not welcomed by the community)

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* What is good now? 

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* How could we make it better in the future? 

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* Facilities and Services

 
The facilities and services in a place, such as schools, doctors, shops, libraries, social care and community groups, can help people to live independent, healthy and fulfilling lives. It can be difficult for some people where there is a lack of local facilities, the quality of those facilities is poor, or where the services and support available in the community is limited

How well do facilities and services in Alva meet my needs?

Here are some things to think about:

  • What facilities and services are there? (schools and education, health facilities, social care, shops, library and culture, community centres and halls, recycling and repair, broadband, access to healthy food, leisure, gas, electricity and water) 
  • What other support is available? (charities and clubs, welfare support, community food groups, places of worship, housing and employment advice) 
  • Do the facilities and services meet local needs, now and in the future? (affordable, all ages, different needs and abilities, all cultures, responsive to emergencies) 
  • Are facilities and services easy to get to and use? (within walking or cycling distance, for disabled people, available online, linked to other services) 
  • Are there other barriers for people? (unwelcoming for some, limited healthy choices, language, limited internet access) 


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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future? 

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* Work and local economy 
 
A strong local economy with a mix of businesses can help to make places feel active and attractive – most people enjoy spending time in lively places. Access to good quality jobs, volunteering and training can help us to stay active and healthy, provide social connections, a sense of identity and satisfaction, and an income where paid. 

How active is the local economy in Alva and are there good opportunities for work, volunteering and training? 

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Is there an active local economy? (a mix of businesses, opening days/ times, able to spend locally (shop/ eat/ drink), local and community-owned businesses) 
  • Is there work available for those that want it? (a mix of jobs, paid work and volunteering, local or accessible nearby, temporary and permanent, seasonal and part-time positions) 
  • Are there opportunities for people to build skills? (education, training or retraining, community work, local or accessible nearby) 
  • What support is available? (employment advice, starting and growing a business, childcare, travel, for people with different needs) 
  • Are there any challenges? (pollution, noise, reliance on a few major businesses, broadband, working conditions, closed businesses) 
  • How does the local economy affect how I feel about my place? (thriving or declining, lots of activity or empty streets, boarded up or attractive buildings)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Housing and community 
 
Good places have a mix of housing in attractive, safe and connected communities for different types of families and people. Where we live and call home affects our health and wellbeing. 

How well do the homes in Alva meet the needs of my community? 

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Is there a good mix of housing types? (different sizes, different prices, privately owned, rented, specialist housing, supported living, multi-generational) 
  • Are residential areas attractive? (well-maintained homes, private and community gardens, well laid out, communal areas) 
  • Are homes and places able to adapt to changing circumstances? (a changing climate, an ageing population, global health challenge, for energy efficiency) 
  • Is there a good community spirit? (local activities and events, friendly neighbours, welcoming neighbourhoods, intergenerational mixing) 
  • Are there any challenges? (types of housing, damp/ draughty homes, secure boundaries, risk of flooding, noise and disturbance, risk of homelessness, anti-social behaviour)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Social interaction 
 
Good places have a mix of spaces and opportunities to meet and spend time with other people. Some places also have active websites or social media networks to help people meet and take part in the local community. Feeling isolated can be damaging to our health and wellbeing. Here are some things to think about: 

How good is the range of opportunities which allow me to meet and spend time with other people in Alva ? 
  • Where do people get together? (local halls and centres, schools, places of worship, food and drink outlets, outdoor seating and spaces, streets, online) 
  • How do people find out what’s happening? (friends/ family/ neighbours, social media, advertising and posters, local radio and newspapers) 
  • Can everyone join in and mix? (accessible, friendly, inclusive, welcoming, free or affordable, digital access and skills) 
  • Is there a mix of activities? (indoor and outdoor groups, kids clubs and pensioner clubs, community activities, events, specialist groups) 
  • Would people come together in a crisis? (networks, support groups, resources) 
  • Are there any gaps? (type of activities, type of spaces, use of spaces)

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* What is good now?

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Identity and belonging 


How a place looks, its history and what other people think of it can affect how we feel. A positive identity can also attract people and businesses to move into an area.

To what extent does Alva  have a positive identity that supports a strong sense of belonging? 

Here are some things to think about:

  • How strong is the sense of identity and belonging? (pride, neighbourliness, traditions, local groups) 
  • How do the community celebrate? (history/ heritage/ culture, sports and activities, public events, music/ dancing and the arts, social media, our uniqueness, our inclusiveness) 
  • How involved are people in the community? (volunteering, sharing experiences, support networks, different groups) 
  • How welcoming are people in this place? (friendliness, tolerance and openness, all ages and ethnicities, for disabled people, language, communication, culture) 
  • What do others think of the place and community? (reputation, profile, community) 
  • How a place looks, its history and what other people think of it can affect how we feel. A positive identity can also attract people and businesses to move into an area. 



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Feeling safe 
 
How safe a place feels can support community activity, affect people’s wellbeing and influence how and where we spend our time. Good design can make places feel safe by reducing crime and antisocial behaviour. 

How safe does Alva make me feel? 

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Does everyone feel safe in our place? (daytime, evening and night-time, children and teenagers, adults and older people, women) 
  • Are there physical barriers or areas that feel unsafe? (lighting, derelict buildings, empty homes, vacant land, flooding, clean/ clear paths) 
  • Are there social issues? (freedom of speech, anti-social behaviour, hate crime, inequality, lack of diversity) 
  • How do we share our concerns? (neighbourhood watch, reporting crime, social media) 
  • Are there other issues? (litter and graffiti, hidden or unreported crimes, specific times, certain places, traffic speed and volume)

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* What is good now? 

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* How could we make it better in the future?

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* Care and maintenance 
 
Places that are cared for can make us feel positive and secure, while those that are not looked after properly can affect people’s wellbeing. 

How well is Alva looked after and cared for?

Here are some things to think about: 

  • Are buildings, streets and spaces maintained? (clean and safe, quick repairs, loved and cared for, accessible to everyone) 
  • Who helps to maintain our place? (council, community, businesses, others)
  • Are there are any challenges? (litter and fly-tipping, vandalism, pavement surfaces, changes to services, flooding) 
  • Do we report issues? (who to, online or to a person, is it easy, how responsive, does this lead to action) 
  • What are local services like? (cleaning, recycling, property maintenance)

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* What is good now? 

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* Influence and sense of control 
 
Having a voice in decision making can help to build stronger communities and better places. Having a sense of control can make people feel positive about their lives. 

When things happen in Alva, how well am I listened to and included in decision- making? 

Here are some things to think about: 
  • Does the community have a voice? (confidence to take part, getting involved, influencing decisions, doing things ourselves, do we know and successfully exercise our rights) 
  • Is the community listened to? (are our needs understood, who do we talk to, how are we consulted, more or less consultation) 
  • Are there effective local groups? (community council, residents’ association, business group, charities or lobby groups, building/ user forums, social media) 
  • Do I feel able to take action on my own or with neighbours? (litter picking, local improvements, working together to take action) 
  • Are there barriers for some people? (clear language, online/ digital tools, hearing/ vision needs, disabled people, can everyone take part)

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* What is good now?

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* Review 
 
It is important to identify and agree the main issues for improvement in Alva from your assessment. What would make the biggest difference? 

Record the 3 main issues for improvement in Alva.  

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* Thinking about your answers to all the questions in the survey, how could the  Glentana site be best developed? and/or what could be done more widely in Alva that could improve the issues that you have identified. 

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