Gloucestershire Councils Ask For Residents' Views

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Gloucestershire Councils Ask For Residents' Views

Gloucestershire County Council and the six district councils, Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Stroud District Council and Cotswold District Council will be taking part in the Government-led Place Survey.

Households across the county will be chosen in a random sample and will receive the survey from Thursday September 25.

The survey will include a variety of questions on council services but also generally on the area you live.

It is very important that the questionnaires are completed and returned, as each council will use this information to work out what you think we do well but also what we need to improve on.

It'll also give a clear picture of what people think of their neighbourhoods.

Gloucestershire County Council's chief executive Peter Bungard, said: “Listening to our residents is a priority for us and surveys like this help us to do that.

“We want you to be honest and tell us what you really think so we are able to dedicate our resources to improving how and where you live in the county.

“I appreciate that filling in these forms takes time, but I would encourage as many people as possible to take part.”

As well as the Place Survey, some county residents may also receive the British Crime Survey or another survey based on the area they live.

Some residents may even get all three and many questions will be duplicated or similar, but this is necessary to ensure the answers are fed back to the appropriate authority.

Tim Perrin, Chief Executive at the Forest of Dean District Council said: “We believe that the Forest is a great place to live, but we need to hear from you on how we can make it an even better place and one that you can be proud of.

“I would echo Peter's comments and encourage you to return the forms and let us know your views.”

Jane Griffiths, assistant chief executive for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "We welcome the opportunity to carry out this survey with the county council and our district colleagues.

”It will give us a picture of how residents in Cheltenham and from across the county view their areas and what they think about the services we deliver.

“The results will feed into the government's comprehensive area assessment which will be undertaken next year.

“We are always keen to hear our residents views and we encourage feedback on how we are doing as it helps us improve our service delivery in the future."

Cotswold District Council's Leader, Cllr Lynden Stowe: “This survey gives our residents a chance to let us know their views on the Cotswold area, on big issues and personal concerns.

“The information will be treated anonymously, so there’s nothing to lose, and it's a good opportunity for residents to help us to plan and improve our services for the future.”

Posted : 24/09/2008 10:09:01

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