Thank you again to everyone who took part in our on-line survey of KICC’s ‘Open Day’ held on 11 August 2012. Below is a summary of the survey findings and attached are the pdfs of the main report and annex if you would like to read more.
The messages coming through are familiar ones, but they demonstrate the concern that the local community feels about KICC’s proposals and more importantly KICC’s lack of clarity about their intentions for the building. If this was meant as an exercise to win “hearts and minds”, it has had the opposite effect judging by some of the very balanced and objective correspondence the campaign has received.
Thank you again for your continued support – your views are important to us.
Summary of Survey of 25 Church Road ‘Open Day’, 11th August 2012
On 11th August 2012, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) held an open day at 25 Church Road. The ‘Open Day’ came after three years of asking KICC to consult the community. This was our first opportunity as a community to speak to KICC about their plans and came as a result of a meeting with the Campaign and our MPs in July, which KICC, finally, accepted.
The Picture Palace Campaign encouraged attendees to complete an online survey. Nearly a hundred people responded before the closing date.
96% of respondents said they were a local resident.
The main findings were:
- Most people attended to find out more about KICC’s plans and to see what it had done to the building.
- Many are concerned about KICC’s intentions and the lack of clarity surrounding them.
- A widespread view is that KICC’s ultimate aim is to open a place of worship, with activities in the interim generally orientated towards religious-themed events such as concerts, events and conferences.
- 97% of respondents think KICC’s proposals are not a good use of the building. They feel that they fail to make any positive contribution to the local community, creating problems of traffic, parking and noise for residents and traders.
- Nearly all respondents would prefer a cinema or other inclusive leisure use.
- Almost all think that KICC’s proposals would not help local traders or contribute to the economic, social and cultural regeneration of Crystal Palace.
- Many feel the proposals reflect the interests of a non-local specific community, who would be unlikely to use local businesses.
- Two-thirds of respondents consider that KICC’s proposals do not fall within the D2 ‘leisure’ use. Just 3% think that they do.