Batley ward councillors and Kirklees Council staff asked local people what they think of Batley town centre now, and what they’d like to see in the future. We used a tool called the “Place Standard” which encourages conversations about any place, using some simple questions. Working with local partners, we will use the results in planning how to invest in Batley town centre, to reflect local people’s priorities. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part.
People who visit, work in or live in Batley town centre took part. Most people participated online, but there were also opportunities for face-to-face conversations with youth groups and individuals. We ran library drop-in sessions and a Friday market stall, where people could either talk through the questions or collect a paper copy of the questionnaire to complete. Each business in the town centre received an engagement pack. This included a letter, the full Place Standard questionnaire, a postage paid return envelope and web links. We used posters, banners, social media and digital communications to promote the activities more widely. ‘Batley – Our town centre’ was also featured in The Batley News.
Place Standard assessments were completed
What did people say about their place?
Have a look at our results summary to see what people said about Batley town centre:
If you’d like, you can also look at the results in more detail by downloading our data:
What happens next?
Based on what we’ve learned from citizens, we’re now taking the next step and asking more people in Batley to get involved, to help prioritise the issues and ideas. Anyone in Batley who would like to take part is very welcome to join in. Kirklees Council, local councillors and partners will then use what we learn to help create an action plan.