Fareham residents have given a resounding thumbs up to the development of Welborne in the Borough Council's 2013 Residents' Survey.
Nearly three-quarters of residents agreed that planning for a new community at Welborne was the right approach to meeting Fareham's future housing needs and to help stop piecemeal development taking place in the countryside that separates the different communities in the Borough.
There were some geographical differences in the results, with wards such as Warsash (88%) and Titchfield Common (89%) expressing particularly strong support for Welborne. There was also considerable support in wards close to the Welborne site, with 45% in Fareham East and 50% in Fareham North in favour of the development.
This year's results also show that the already high levels of resident satisfaction have steadily risen since the 2009 and 2011 surveys. For example:
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward said: "The development of a new community at Welborne is critical to the future of Fareham. That's why it's reassuring to find out that the majority of our residents agree that the Council's decision to plan for Welborne is the right approach to take. It's also good to know that at a time when many of our residents are under financial pressure and tightening their belts, so many think the Council provides value for money and are happy with the services it provides."
Listening to our residents' views is essential to the Council providing better services. To help us do this, the Council sends out a Residents' Survey every other year. The Council sent out surveys to 4020 randomly selected households (268 from each ward) during October and November 2013. There was a 32% response rate, which is excellent for this type of postal survey. This means that we can be 95% sure that the margin of error for results is 3 percent either way.
Residents were asked the following question about Welborne:
A decision has been taken to plan for Welborne, a new community north of the M27, with businesses, schools, open spaces and local services. It will help meet Fareham's future housing needs and help stop piecemeal development taking place in the countryside that separates the different communities in the Borough.
In principle, do you agree this is the right approach to take?
Residents were then asked to tick one of the following:
Strongly Agree, Tend to Agree, Tend to Disagree, Strongly Disagree
For Further Information Contact:
Roy Brown, Customer Engagement Manager, tel: 01329 824409
fax: 01329 550576, e-mail: email@example.com
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