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comparing shrewsbury an old town an telfrd a purpose build new town

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I have collected the results for my three hypotheses by using a questionnaire, audit, land use map, pedestrian count and the yellow pages/yell.com. I did all of these in both Shrewsbury and Telford. The question that I am answering is "What are the similarities and differences in landuse and service provision between a 'new town' Telford and a traditional 'organic' town Shrewsbury?" 1. My first hypothesis is: Telford will have better leisure facilities than Shrewsbury because it is a new town. 2. My second hypothesis is: People will travel further to Shrewsbury than Telford because it has a better range of shopping facilities. 3. My third hypothesis is: Telford offers a better service provision than Shrewsbury because it is a purpose built new town. To answer my first hypothesis "Telford will have better leisure facilities than Shrewsbury because it is a new town." I have produced a questionnaire to survey 11 people; I created an audit, researched leisure facilities on yell.com and the yellow pages. I then used these results to make tables and graphs (these are on pages.....) My first question "How did you travel here today?" will help me to see what methods of travel people use. In Shrewsbury no-one travelled by bike, train or other. One person walked, three people travelled by bus and eight people travelled by car. In Telford no-one travelled by bike or other. One person travelled by bus, one person walked, one person travelled by train and eight people travelled by car. Question 2 "How far did you travel to get here" will show me that if for example if people live far away from Shrewsbury but still travel there for it's leisure or shopping facilities. No-one travelled between 6-10 or 16-20 miles to get to Shrewsbury. Two people travelled 21 or more miles, four people travelled between 0 and 5 miles and 5 people travelled between 11 and 15to get to Shrewsbury. In Telford no-one travelled between 6-10 or 16-20 miles to get to Telford. ...read more.

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There are seven car parks surrounding Telford shopping centre, four of these are long stay car parks and three of these are short stay car parks. As well as this there is a bus and a train station close by. This makes Telford shopping centre very accessible. In Shrewsbury the bus and train station are close to the shopping centre and there are a couple of car parks next to the shopping centres but unless you go on the park and ride Shrewsbury isn't as accessible as Telford. So therefore Telford has a better sphere of influence. I also created a questionnaire. The questions that I used to help me answer this hypothesis are: Question 2 "How far did you travel to get here" will show me that if for example if people live far away from Shrewsbury but still travel there for it's leisure or shopping facilities. No-one travelled between 6-10 or 16-20 miles to get to Shrewsbury. Two people travelled 21 or more miles, four people travelled between 0 and 5 miles and 5 people travelled between 11 and 15to get to Shrewsbury. In Telford no-one travelled between 6-10 or 16-20 miles to get to Telford. Four people travelled between 0 and 5 miles, six people travelled between 11 and 15 and 1 person travelled 21 or more miles. This question will show me how far people will travel to get to Shrewsbury or Telford. As for example people may live far away from Shrewsbury or Telford but still travel there because of its leisure or shopping facilities. Question 4 "Which town out of Shrewsbury and Telford do you think has the better leisure facilities?" In Shrewsbury five out of eleven people said that they thought Shrewsbury had the better leisure facilities and six people said that they thought Telford had the better leisure facilities. In Telford three people out of eleven people said that they thought that Shrewsbury had the better leisure facilities, seven out of eleven people said that they ...read more.

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This of course causes more hassle. Telford's train station is very close to the centre of Telford and the shopping centre itself, taking only about a five minute walk from the train station till you arrive inside the shopping centre. Shrewsbury's train station is close to the centre of Shrewsbury. However it takes a lot longer to walk to the Pride Hill and Darwin shopping centres or the other shopping streets. Taking about a 10 minute walk. Telford's bus station links onto its shopping centre so again is very quick and easy to use when you want to go to Telford's shopping centre. Shrewsbury's bus station doesn't link onto any of its shopping centres. Although it isn't much of a walk it would still be easier to go to Telford and use their bus service. However Shrewsbury does have park and rides. These services do drop you off outside the shopping centres or shopping streets. This service is easy to use both on your way out and your journey back. In conclusion I think that Telford offers a better service provision compared to Shrewsbury because it is a purpose built new town. Telford has a lager catchment population so it can support more shops and leisure facilities. Having more shops and leisure facilities attracts more people, making the catchment population bigger. This then allows more shops and leisure facilities to open once again attracting more people. Telford has easy and good access and lots of car parks. This is shown on my maps that are on pages .......in my audit that is on pages ....... In my questionnaire questions 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10 all show that Telford comes out on top. Apart from question 5 on my Shrewsbury questionnaire, however if you look at question six you can see that these answers correlate. So it is a question of which town is nearer for those people to get to. My yellow pages/yell.com results also show that Telford offers more leisure facilities. ...read more.

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