East Lothian Council

High levels of satisfaction with county life

Published Wednesday 13th September 17

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The results of a residents’ survey once again suggest East Lothian is a very good place to live.

Face-to-face interviews were carried out with a representative sample of 1,565 local residents by an independent research organisation on behalf of East Lothian Partnership.

A report presented at a meeting of East Lothian Council’s Cabinet highlighted very high levels of satisfaction with East Lothian as a place to live – with 99 per cent of those surveyed earlier this year stating the county was a ‘very good’ (72 per cent) or ‘fairly good’ (27 per cent) place to live.

Seventy-nine per cent of respondents believed the council was doing the best it could with the resources available, while 72 per cent felt the council provided high-quality services.

The majority (88 per cent) felt ‘very strongly’ or ‘fairly strongly’ that they belonged to their local neighbourhood. A majority (55%) said they did not feel threatened by crime ‘at all’ in their neighbourhood, while a further 38% did not feel threatened ‘very much’.

When asked for views on improvements in their local area, the top responses were roads and pavements followed by health services. Eighty-two per cent rated their health as ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

Depute Council Leader Norman Hampshire said:

“These are generally very positive results which underline that East Lothian residents benefit from high-quality public services – with a significant majority believing the county is a very good place to live.

“East Lothian is one of the best places to live in the country but we can never afford to sit back. It’s important to use these results to help identify improvements required to services, wherever possible. We will continue to address high priority issues such as improving the condition of our roads,

health services and helping to create and maintain vibrant town centres.

“The results also demonstrate the importance of progressing our Council Plan, which sets out our commitments to further improving quality of life, including steps to reduce inequalities and grow the local economy.”

The full results can be viewed here: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/policy-partnerships/residents-survey-2017/consult_view/

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