‘Where we want improvements’

ALMOST 2,000 people have given their views as part of a major survey into the Scarborough area.

The results of the Local Area Survey for 2011 will be discussed by members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday.

They show that the top five areas for improvement were: road and pavement repairs; job prospects; activities for teenagers; clean streets; levels of traffic congestion.

A total of 6,000 questionnaires were sent to randomly selected addresses as well as to members of the council’s Resident’s Panel.

In a report by Roger Kaye, the council’s head of human resources and performance, he said that the surveys had been carried over for the past few years and it was a way of monitoring their views.

He said: “1,903 responses were received, which is a considerable increase on previous years.

“The information was analysed and a set of weightings applied to the results, taking account of the demographics of an area and level of responses received by gender, age and from areas of deprivation.”

He added that the survey was designed to get residents’ views on the area where they lived, the work of the council and its services – as well as that of partner organisations

The results showed that overall satisfaction on how the council runs things had increased by 10 per cent across the borough and five per cent more people agreed that they got value for money.

But overall satisfaction with street cleaning had dropped from 70 per cent to 67 per cent.

Mr Kaye said: “Overall, people remain satisfied with the local area as a place to live. Significant improvements in the levels of satisfaction with the local area have been seen in the Scarborough Urban and Rural areas where previous satisfaction levels were lower than the borough average.”

The Cabinet meeting will be at Scarborough Town Hall from 10am.