Some 6,000 people are being invited to have their say on what they think about their area as a place to live, council services and what should be prioritised as part of our Annual Residents’ Survey.
The residents, who have been picked at random, will be asked for their views on everything from their local area, the services they use, how satisfied they are with them and how they would like the council to keep them informed. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete.
The council has seen significant funding cuts from the Government, in the region of £8 million since 2010 which represents a 60% cash reduction. Further funding reductions are expected in the future and we will have to save an additional £2.5 million by 2024 so it is vital that we target our resources to residents’ priorities.
Cllr Rick Everitt, Leader of Thanet District Council said:
“This last year has been incredibly challenging and we’ve stepped up to support our community and local businesses as a result of COVID-19. We aim to provide the best possible, value-for-money services within the resources available. In order to do this, it’s more important than ever that we hear from residents about what matters to them and whether their priorities have changed from last year. This feedback will help inform our work as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.
“We appreciate that many of you are busy at the moment but, if you are asked to take part in the survey, we would greatly appreciate your time. Every response we receive is valuable and will help shape how we develop policies, improve services, set future spending priorities and find new ways to work more efficiently.”
The random sample of residents will receive a postcard providing them with a unique reference number which they will need to complete the survey online. All responses to the survey will remain anonymous. The survey can be completed by any resident (aged 18+) living at that address, but only one survey can be completed per household.
All surveys should be completed by 6pm on Monday 8 March 2021. Hard copies can be made available for those selected upon request – please call 01843 577855. The results will be published and will be used to help inform our services in the future.