Wychavon reveals results of annual Residents’ Survey

Traffic congestion, crime, public transport, litter and recycling were voted as the top priorities for Wychavon residents as part of an annual survey.

Organised by Wychavon District Council, the Residents' Survey asked residents for their comments on their local area, what is important to them and how satisfied they are with the council and its services.

The survey, which ran from 8 September to 6 October, received 1,140 responses overall and the answers will be used to help the council decide where to focus its resources as it prepares a new council plan for the next four years.

This will be published in March 2020 and sets out the council's plans to tackle key issues facing the district such topics as homelessness support, crime, safety, improving local transport options, reducing carbon emissions, keeping the district clean and transforming town centres.

When asked where the council should focus most on in the next four years, traffic congestion, crime and feeling safe were the most popular choices.

The results of the survey are similar, or have shown some improvement, to those of previous years. However, there has been a decline in how safe people feel in the dark in their local area and people feel that some types of crimes and anti-social behaviour are more of a problem than previously.

The results showed that 81% of residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, 71% are satisfied with how the council runs things and 55% agree that we provide value for money.

Also, 87% are satisfied with Wychavon's parks and open spaces, 87% are satisfied with the waste and recycling service, 59% rate the council as good or very good and 65% of users are satisfied with planning and building control services.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "It is great to see an improvement in the response rate of the Residents' Survey which has shown an increase of 300 people from last year. This is the first time we've developed and run the survey ourselves and we were able to achieve views from a wider demographic, particularly residents aged 35 years and under. The results reflect what is most important to our residents and we will ensure they are used to influence the council's future priorities."

Sign up to the council's email service at www.wychavon.gov.uk/emailalerts to have your say in future consultations and surveys.

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