Wealden’s a happy place to live says survey

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The results of a survey undertaken by Wealden District Council have shown that 95 per cent of residents are satisfied with Wealden as a place to live.

When residents were asked this summer how well they thought the district council runs things, 75 per cent said they were very satisfied or fairly satisfied.

This not only beat the national result for England (71 per cent) but was also a leap of 25 per cent since the last time a similar survey was conducted. And at the time that was the highest in East Sussex.

Wealden has performed better than the national results for England, according to data provided by the Local Government Association, across all five benchmarking questions in the survey:

EIn Wealden, 95 per cent are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, compared with 83 per cent nationally.

ESeventy per cent of residents feel the council keeps them either very well or fairly well informed about the services and benefits it provides, compared with 67 per cent nationally.

EFifty-eight per cent of residents strongly or tend to agree that Wealden District Council provides value for money compared to 52 per cent nationally. This rose to 67 per cent when respondents were made aware that the council only keeps 10.5 per cent of the council tax it collects.

ESixty-nine per cent of residents think that the council acts on the concerns of local residents either a great deal or a fair amount, compared with 65 per cent nationally.

“Understanding residents’ views is key to helping us make informed decisions that benefit the District as a whole and I am delighted with the responses to this survey,” said Cllr Nick Collinson, Portfolio Holder for Community Leadership and Communications.

“I am especially pleased that we scored so highly during a period of significant change and budgetary restrictions, but this does follow five years stability in Wealden’s council tax.”