THE vast majority of Hartlepool residents are happy with where they live according to the results of a survey carried out by a local authority.
Eight out of 10 town residents are content with their local area as a place to live and nearly six out of 10 are satisfied with the way Hartlepool Council runs things.
But on the negative side, 63 per cent of those questioned said they concerned about the state of the roads while more than half were upset about dog fouling and other dog-related issues and 51 per cent had concerns over employment issues.
That is according to the results of the Household Survey, which was randomly sent to 19,000 homes across the borough. Just over 6,000 residents responded to the survey.
People were asked a wide range of questions, including how satisfied they are with their local area and how they feel about the local authority and the services it provides.
Questioned about their local area and the council, 78 per cent said they are either very or fairly satisfied and seven out of 10 feel fairly or very strongly that they belong to their local area – an increase of more than 10 per cent since 2008 when people were last questioned.
just over 50 per cent said they are either very or fairly satisfied with how the council runs things while 54 per cent of people said the authority listens to the concerns of local residents.
Asked how they rated some of the services, over three quarters of residents said they are satisfied with Hartlepool’s parks and open spaces. This figure rose to eight out of 10 when it came to the refuse collection service and the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
There were also worries about vandalism and graffiti as well as drunken or rowdy behaviour in public places.
On the subject of crime and safety, over half of the residents said they feel very or fairly safe outside in their local area after dark – increasing to nearly nine out of ten when people are outside during the day.
Quizzed on satisfaction with the quality and service provided by the police, six out of 10 people were fairly or very satisfied.
Hartlepool Council leader Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to return the questionnaire. The response has been brilliant and the views expressed by residents will help the council to make decisions about services in the months ahead. The Household Survey is just one of the mechanisms which the new-look council is using to embrace local people, giving them the opportunity to tell us what they think about services and what our priorities should be.”
The full survey can be viewed online at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/hartlepoolhouseholdsurvey.
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