Have your say

We are seeking your views on how we can improve Southwater Country Park.  We want to create a vision for the long-term future of the park and are really keen that all park users have their say.
 
Southwater Country Park is an incredibly special place, much loved by local residents and visitors from across the region.  Access to the outdoors and nature for all is vitally important but the increase in visitors has put pressure on the environment and facilities. 
 
By taking part in this survey, you can have your say on Southwater Country Park. The results will feed into a master planning exercise so we can determine where future investment could take place.  The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
 
If you have any specific questions about this project, please e-mail Parks@horsham.gov.uk
Your experience at Southwater Country Park

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* 1. How would you rate the experience of the offer and facilities at Southwater Country Park?

  Excellent Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Not applicable / did not use
Overall experience
Directions (signs) to the park
Car parking and availability of spaces
Sense of arrival and welcome
On-site signage and information
Paths / accessibility and moving around the site
Cleanliness of site
Toilets and Changing Rooms
Provision of bins – rubbish / BBQ disposal / dog waste
The natural setting and wildlife
Your experience of paddling beach booking system
Your visit to the paddling beach
Your visit to the Dinosaur Island Play Area 
The picnic and BBQ areas
The Café – range and price 
The Café – appeal and setting
The Watersports Centre - quality of experience
The Watersports Centre- value for money
The fishing lakes
The bike hire (to use on Downs Link)
The access to the Downs Link

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* 2. Does your visit to Southwater Country Park represent value for money ?

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* 3. When you visit Southwater Country Park, do you visit other parts of the Park away from the main lake and playground area

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* 4. Is the right balance achieved between ‘recreational’ activities and the ‘wildlife and environment’ at Southwater Country Park?

Your ideas and vision for the Park 
Please tell us more about what you would like to see at Southwater Country Park to improve your experience

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* 5. Would you like to see any of the following facilities / initiatives introduced?

  Strongly support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly oppose
Improved car parking
Improved toilet provision
Improvements to accessibility
More information about nature and wildlife
Changes to current catering offer
Extra catering facilities
Low-key events / activities e.g. nature walk, bush craft skills
Indoor activities eg indoor play offer
Activity area for dogs
Additional seating and picnic areas
Additional areas for watching wildlife (bird hides)
Educational activities 
Improved fishing facilities at Lennoxwood Lake 
Improved fishing facilities at Castlewood Lake (as part of the Angling Society)

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* 6. What would encourage you to visit more often during Winter? (Please describe)

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* 7. Thinking bigger, how would you like to see Southwater Country Park evolve in the future?

  Essential Desirable Not necessary
More land-based sporting /adventure activities
More watersport activities
More areas given over to nature and quiet enjoyment
More children's play facilities
More facilities for teenagers
Enhanced food and drink offer
Hosting community, cultural and artistic events
Offering evening activities
Providing shopping and retail
Providing opportunities for overnight stays

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* 8. If you would not wish to see any of the above, please type 'None' in the box

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* 9. Is there anything inspirational you have seen at other parks or venues, you would like to see at Southwater Country Park?  (Please describe)

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* 10. If you were designing the park and money was no object, what one thing would you include? (Please describe)

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* 11. Is there anything specific you would NOT like to see introduced within Southwater Country Park? (Please describe)

About you and your visits to Southwater Country Park

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* 12. How near do you live to Southwater Country Park (drivetime)?

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* 13. On your most recent visit, what was the MAIN reason for visiting?

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* 14. How often do you visit Southwater Country Park? 

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* 15. When do you most frequently visit? (please tick one)

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* 16. Do you usually visit? 

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* 17. When do you usually visit in the year? 

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* 18. How do you usually travel? 

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* 19. How much time do you typically spend at Southwater Country Park 

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* 20. How many people were in your group when you last visited? 

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* 21. How did you find out about Southwater Country Park? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 22. Your age group 

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* 23. How would you describe your employment status?

Thank you for your time and help. This survey will inform our plans for Southwater Country Park. Your personal information will not be shared with organisations outside of Horsham District Council and the Planning Solutions Consulting project team.

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