Three quarters of Darlington residents are satisfied with their local area as place to live

More than three quarters of Darlington residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, according to a community survey carried out by Darlington Borough Council.

In January 2018, a number of residents across the borough were randomly selected to receive a copy of a community survey, which asked for their views on a range of issues.

Such issues included: satisfaction with the local area and services; community safety; the local economy; health and wellbeing and contact with the council.

Darlington Borough Council received 4,714 responses in total, which were used to compile the findings.

The results of the community survey, which were published on Monday, August 6th, 2018, showed that 76% of Darlington residents expressed satisfaction with their local area as a place to live.

Other findings included:

  • 61% of people feel safe in their local area after dark
  • 65% feel that people from different backgrounds get along
  • 49% feel well informed about what the council does
  • 90% of people were happy with South Park
  • 92% of those with children are satisfied with the Dolphin Centre
  • 76% of residents were satisfied with key services like waste collection and street cleaning
  • 50% said they didn’t feel well informed about why the council has had to make savings
  • 60% felt residents can’t influence council decisions
  • 37% said they speak negatively about the council
  • 29% of people felt the council acts on the concerns of residents
  • 44% of people said the council is not efficient, well run or value for money.

Councillor Stephen Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “This has been a very hard time financially, with our government grant cut and our duty, which we take very seriously, to provide social care for the most vulnerable adults and children in our communities.

“I understand why some people think the council is not value for money and that their voices haven’t been heard, as we have had to reduce many services and increase Council Tax to ensure that we meet our legal obligations, particularly around social care.”

Harker continued: “We are working hard to free up money for the services people want and I hope we can get better at explaining what the financial challenges we are wrestling with, and what shapes the choices we make so people feel more well-informed.

“Despite some of the challenges we have all faced over the last few years, the most pleasing feedback in the survey was that more than three quarters of residents said Darlington is a good place to live. As someone who chose to live and work here, it’s great to know that so many of people share my passion for this borough.”

The full details of the community survey, including a ward breakdown, can be viewed on the Darlington Borough Council website.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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