Wyre Council

Wyre - a good place to live say residents

Published on Friday 21st January 2011

Wyre is a good place to live, as a recent poll of residents has shown.

The 2010 Life In Wyre survey - a biennial look at what people think of their borough - revealed the overwhelming majority were happy with their neighbourhood.

Altogether 87 per cent of respondents stated they were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with their local area as a place to live, an increase of three per cent since a survey was last conducted in 2008.

This was particularly the case in the rural wards of Cabus and Catterall, where 100 per cent overall satisfaction rates were recorded.

A reassuring 93 per cent said they felt safe when out and about during the day, although the figure falls to 46 per cent after dark. The majority of those feeling unsafe at night were aged over 75 and mostly female.

Eighty per cent of respondents felt they belonged to their local area, while 60 per cent tended to agree that people from different backgrounds get on well together and treat each other with respect and consideration.

Life In Wyre is a valuable monitoring tool that Wyre Borough Council is continuing to use after the Government abolished the Place Survey last year. The questions asked help the council build up a picture of the issues that need to be addressed at neighbourhood level.

Respondents were also asked to identify the most important factors that make somewhere a good place to live. Top four were good roads and pavements, low crime levels, clean streets and health services. Areas where people felt Wyre most needed to improve were again good roads and pavements, activities for teenagers, traffic congestion and clean streets.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Cabinet member with responsibility for performance, said: "Even though it is no longer a Government requirement, the council considers it essential to continue monitoring public perception about Wyre as a place to live.

"We are very encouraged by the results, especially the rise in satisfaction levels. It has given us reassurance that people like living in Wyre; they feel safe on the whole and feel part of their communities.

"But beyond that we have a valuable insight into the problems faced by different areas. By breaking the data down to ward level we can identify the specific improvements that need to be made and target our resources to tackle them more effectively."

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