The latest wave of consultation with Warwickshire County Council’s Citizens’ Panel has just been completed. This time, the questionnaire was also made available to members of the public via the County Council’s website. The responses have been combined, and in total we have gathered the views of 575 respondents.
Respondents were asked to indicate which factors are most important in making somewhere a good place to live, and which factors most need improving in their local area. Factors rated as important but not rated as most in need of improvement indicate successful service delivery. Conversely, factors that are rated as important and most in need of improvement should be considered as priorities for improvement.
Residents of Warwickshire believe that the level of the crime, affordable decent housing, public transport and job prospects are the priorities for the local area. The first three of these issues were considered as priorities when this question was last asked in the 2009/10 Partnership Place Survey. However, job prospects appears in this quadrant for the first time. (Click on the image for more details).
Activities for teenagers is consistently the factor that most respondents feel needs improving, but only the 10th most important issue that makes somewhere a good place to live. Conversely, level of crime appears to be the most important issue in making somewhere a good place to live, but only ranks as the 8th most important thing that needs improving.
Interestingly, the top five issues highlighted as being important in making somewhere a good place to live are all different from the top five issues that most need improving in the local area. This indicates that respondents are generally satisfied with the issues that are most important to them, and less important issues are in need of greatest improvement.