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year the Council undertakes an Annual Residents Survey to check how our
community thinks it has been performing and what improvements can be made for
the coming year.
Results from the 2018 survey have just been
released and I was delighted that 97 per cent of residents said the district is
a great place to live. The Council works hard to deliver services, parks and
open spaces, recreation and leisure facilities, and events that benefit the
entire community. The introduction of the new kerbside collection service
scored highly too, with 93 per cent of residents who receive it saying they are
satisfied with it – up from 77 per cent last year.
It was also pleasing to see that 40 per
cent of residents said the district had improved over the last three years. One
of my goals when I took office as Mayor in October 2016 was to help make
Ashburton an even better place to live, so it’s great to see that has become a
reality for many.
The Council prides itself on ensuring its
processes are as transparent as possible, particularly around issues that are
important to the community. This is why we regularly ask for your feedback
before making decisions, such as the recent Our Place survey and draft-Long
Term Plan consultation. It’s great to know that 90 per cent of residents are
satisfied with their ability to have their say and that 89 per cent are happy
with the contact they have had with the Council.
Overall, 17 satisfaction measures were met
or exceeded, based on the 500 residents surveyed. However, the Council is always striving to do better for its
community and will certainly take into account the areas that were identified
in the survey as needing more attention.
roads, for example, will remain a major focus. We will continue to work hard to
provide safe, accessible and well-maintained roading infrastructure, and
advocate for further funding to complete projects that are important for the
future of the district. Tourism is
also high on the agenda, following feedback received from residents in the
real value of this survey is that it gives us a snapshot in time, so that we
can confidently make decisions for the district, reflecting the thoughts and
opinions of local residents.