Feedback day on Porthleven’s Neighbourhood Plan

The latest feedback day which included the results from the latest residents survey about Porthleven took place on September the 3rd at St. Barts church, Porthleven. In brief, the event was fantastic with so much information on offer. It was a real professional display.

Before I move on to the detail on what was on offer during the day, I have to congratulate all those who worked damn hard in putting all the data together. It would be hard to find a more professional and informative event. Huge, huge congratulations to all, especially, Alan, who has led this project from the start.


The displays for the feedback day

For those who could not make it, I thought it would be prudent to share the results from the residents survey. This survey was a starting point to hear people’s views on how they see Porthleven now and in the future, which included housing, the natural environment and community facilities to name a few.

Whilst I have your attention, and before you read the results, It would be really good if you could spend five-minutes and complete the Porthleven Local Landscape Character Assessment Questionnaire by clicking HERE

As part of the policy team, I am really pleased that 661 surveys were completed and returned. Of course we would have liked more, but there will be other surveys and I am sure more will take part next time.

The results from the survey are as follows:

287 identify as Cornish which equates to 43.4%.

  • White – 52.38% (330 people)
  • Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups – 1.27% (8 people)
  • Asian/Asian – 0.32% (2)
  • Black/African/Caribbean – 0.32% (2 people)
  • Chinese – 0.16% (1 people)

Number of people in household (34 didn’t answer) from the completed survey

  •  1 in household – 124  who completed the survey
  •  2 in household – 205                 “
  •  3 in household – 97                   “
  •  4 in household – 141                 “
  •  5 in household – 40                   “
  •  6 in household – 18                   “
  •  7 in household – 1                     “
  •  8 in household – 1                     “

Have any long-standing illness, disability or infirmity?

  • 125 said yes

The historic buildings, harbour and built environment of Porthleven is important to me

  • 635 agree or strongly agree (96.65%)

I feel part of the community in Porthleven

  • 524 agree or strongly agree (79.3%)

Porthleven needs a new, accessible community building

  • 335 agree or strongly agree (50.7%)

Porthleven needs additional facilities for young people

  • 548 agree or strongly agree (82.9%)

Porthleven needs additional healthcare facilities

  • 343 agree or strongly agree (51.9%)

I can park where I need to in Porthleven

  • 286 agree or strongly agree (43.3%)

I can easily use public transport to get to and from Porthleven

  • 306 agree or strongly agree (46.3%)

Porthleven needs more space for businesses

  •  242 agree or strongly agree (36.6%)

Porthleven needs more affordable housing

  • 368 agree or strongly agree (55.7%)

Porthleven needs more open market housing

  • 197 agree or strongly agree (29.8%)

Porthleven needs more sheltered accommodation and social housing

  • 274 agree or strongly agree (41.5%)

The natural environment around Porthleven is important to me

  • 643 agree or strongly agree (97.3%)

Porthleven should have its own renewable energy and efficiency schemes

  • 407 agree or strongly agree (61.6%)


As with any survey, it is interesting to see the age groups. It is of no surprise that 76.83% of completed surveys have been completed by those over 35. However, the team did go to Porthleven School and survey over 50 primary school children.


A further breakdown or age groups with numbers is as follows:

  • 5-11 years 10.51% – 68
  • 12-17 yrs. 2.63% – 17
  • 18-24 yrs. 2.47% – 16
  • 25-34 yrs. 7.57% – 49
  • 35-44 yrs. 15.61% – 101
  • 45-54 yrs. 17.47% – 113
  • 55-64 yrs. 15.77% – 102
  • 65+ yrs. 27.98% – 181


Like the age split, occupation is another interesting areas to look at.


For those – like me – who like data, I have included the full results below.imageimage






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