Stevenage Residents’ Survey findings revealed

19 Feb 2018

Four out of five Stevenage residents are happy where they live, Stevenage Borough Council’s Residents’ Survey has revealed.

Of 1,067 respondents who took part in the survey, between August and October last year, 79% said they enjoy living in Stevenage, although there are some things people would like the council to improve.

Regenerating the town centre and leisure park should remain the council’s top priority according to respondents, more than half of whom shop in the town centre once a week or more. Residents also highlighted reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, and helping to provide a range of housing, as top priorities.

Respondents gave the same priorities in the residents’ survey in 2015, and since then the council has built more than 140 new council homes with 50 more underway; worked with partners to secure funding for town centre regeneration; and worked more closely with police and residents to cut crime and anti-social behaviour.

The number of people who said they felt safe after dark has risen since the last survey by five percent, to 52%, but this is still low compared to the 88% who feel safe during the day. Residents said their main concern was people hanging around causing anti-social behaviour, although reporting figures for this are low. The council is working with its So Safe community partners to resolve these concerns.

Residents said parks and household waste collection are the council services they are most happy with.

Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “It is really important to get this feedback so we can be sure that the council’s priorities address local people’s concerns, and we understand what is getting better or causing concern. Town centre regeneration is top of everyone’s list and we look forward to this getting underway soon. I would like to thank the people who took part in the survey. As a co-operative council, it is active engagement with our residents that helps shape our future work.”

Residents can take part in more consultations and surveys through the council’s website: www.stevenage.gov.uk/have-your-say

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