Daniel Mitchell, Project Intern, explains how the team are starting to contact local organisations, authorities and key stakeholders to find out some background information for the project…
After a successful few weeks of getting questionnaires filled in and learning new techniques both in technology and research, we used this week to begin contacting local organisations in the community who we thought could assist us in our project. We have organised who we would like to speak to about our project into three categories and these are: local authorities and organisations in the community, the University and companies who run transport systems in Whitley.
We want to speak to the local authorities and organisations in Whitley because we would like to know what measures are already in place, what future plans they have and to discover what general opinions are on transportation in the area. As well as this, we want to identify whether they have any ideas of where the money would be put to good use. The list of people in this category include: the Council, the Police, Readibus and the sports centre, as well as local clubs and meeting groups.
We also would like to have contact with a variety of people at the University as this project is all about community development and we believe the University can have a big role to play in this. We would also like to consider how the University deals with the concept of travel. The people at the University we would like to make contact with are: the Widening Participation Officer, the Community Relations Manager, the University Travel Team and the Students’ Union (RUSU).
As the questionnaire is based around transport need it is also going to be important to discuss the project with organisations that currently run transport systems in Whitley. These organisations include: Reading Buses, ReadyBike and several taxi firms that are based in Whitley.
By speaking with these organisations, we hope to build a profile about pre-existing transport measures in Whitley as well as discovering different perspectives and opinions. These organisations can also help us to learn what could possibly work in the future and therefore how the project can put an effective and realistic plan into place in the near future.
Over the next few weeks, we are hoping to visit more places in Whitley to fill in more questionnaires, begin contacting the organisations mentioned in this post and start thinking about putting some focus groups together. If there are any key places in Whitley that you think we have missed then please let us know!
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