Assignment Question

Describe and Explain how environmental quality changes in Troon.

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Hypothesis

I believe that the further away from the CBD I go, the better the environmental quality will be.

Background to Troon

Troon is a coastal town, located on the West of Scotland. It sits on flat ground at the foot of Dundonald Hill, and is situated in between two major towns, Ayr and Irvine. It is connected to Glasgow through the A 759, and is also linked by a train route, which takes roughly 35 minutes from Troon to Glasgow. From Troon to Ayr by train, it takes roughly 15 minutes. Troon has been built around its port, which was its main source of income, through trade. Due to its relatively small size, Troon has become a commuter town, and has begun to expand outwards, towards the East of the CBD.

Methodology

For my assignment, my first research method was though the use of an environmental quality study. This used 4 sample points which were situated roughly half a kilometre away from each other. This was systematic as all points were of equal distance. The A759 out of Troon was used to test whether the environmental quality changed as the sample points moved further away from the CBD of Troon. To process the data I used a grid. For every location I would score each category in the grid between 1 and 5, with 1 being the worst score and 5 ultimately being the best.  A disadvantage of using this survey was the time I had to conduct it. As it was conducted during class time I was restricted on how large the survey could be. Had I had more time the results would’ve been more reliable as they would have been conducted over a larger distance from each other.

My second research method was through the use of a questionnaire. I asked various people within the CBD of Troon a wide variety of questions to gauge their opinions on the environmental quality in Troon. An advantage of this method was that it was a great source of opinion, making this questionnaire a great way for creating a large sample for analysis. These results allowed me to collect other people’s questionnaires and gave roughly 25-30 responses.

Geographical Theory

The Burges Model is based on the theory that land values are at their highest in the centre of an urban area. The reason being is because competition for land is extremely high, which leads to flats and high rise buildings. These buildings are typically situated close to and within the central business district as opposed to less dense buildings being found on the urban fringe.

Within the central business district there are various purposes for land use. For example, industries such as ports, warehouses and factories typically take up a great deal of land, from previous generations of expansion.