‘95 per cent of residents satisfied with their district’

Wealden district council offices, Hailsham SUS-141012-133210001
Wealden district council offices, Hailsham SUS-141012-133210001

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

When residents were asked this summer how well they thought the council runs things, 75% said they were very satisfied or fairly satisfied, not only beating the national result for England (71%) but also a leap of 25% 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. In Wealden, 95% are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, compared with 83% nationally.

70% of residents feel the council keeps them either very well or fairly well informed about the services and benefits it provides, compared with 67% nationally. 58% of residents strongly or tend to agree that Wealden District Council provides value for money compared to 52% nationally. This rose to 67% when respondents were made aware that the council only keeps 10.5% of the council tax it collects. 69% of residents think the Ccuncil acts on the concerns of residents either a great deal or a fair amount, compared with 65% nationally. 1,000 residents took part. Following a decision at Wealden’s Cabinet on December 3 a repeat survey will be conducted in 2017.