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Guide Viewpoint survey 2018

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4. Keeping East Devon an outstanding place results

  • 53% were satisfied with our off street car parks, 21% were dissatisfied. This is 6% more than were dissatisfied in 2016.
  • 45% were satisfied with planning services. 24% were dissatisfied. This is 6% more than were dissatisfied than in 2016.
  • 75% are satisfied with parks, public gardens, play areas and open spaces. This compares to 78% in 2016.
  • 85% satisfaction with beaches and foreshores within East Devon, 8% were dissatisfied.
  • 71% think that litter and rubbish ‘isn’t a very big problem’ or ‘isn’t a problem at all’.
  • 68% consider that the Council is making good progress towards our aims of using East Devon’s natural landscape and countryside to encourage visitors and tourists. This is the same as in 2016.
  • 47% consider that the Council is making good progress towards our aim of increasing job opportunities in the west of the district by encouraging businesses to base themselves near the new town of Cranbrook. This compares to 49% in 2016.
  • 54% consider that the Council is making good progress towards our aim of making towns better places to live through regeneration. This compares to 53% in 2016.

Comments relating to keeping East Devon an outstanding place

  • 7% (43) said they would like to see more/ cheaper car parking in off street car parks which would encourage more visitors and increase use of local businesses.
  • 3% of respondents (17) asked for more off street car parking spaces.
  • 2% (14) said that planning and development needs to take more notice of local people and Town and Parish Councils.
  • 4% (25) wanted to see more litter bins.
  • 3% (20) said that the collection lorries and refuse collectors shouldn’t drop litter all over the roads.

2% of residents said that:

  • litter bins and dog poo bins needed emptying more often (15 people).
  • the streets should be cleaned more often (13 people).
  • there should be more enforcement of fines for littering (13 people).

 

  • 3% (16) said that parks, public gardens, play areas and open spaces aren’t looked after anymore.
  • 2% said that play areas need refurbishing, or more equipment (11).
  • When asked why they were dissatisfied with parks, public gardens, play areas and open spaces 14 residents (3%) complained about Devon County Council’s services over which we have no control.
  • 3% (20 people) said that there are too many empty shops in towns.
  • 2% (13) said that there are major transport issues in towns that need sorting out.
  • 2% (12) said that Exmouth’s seafront shouldn’t be regenerated as is currently planned.
  • 2% (11) said that there should be more quality shops rather than charity shops and cafes.
  • 2% commented (10 people) that the Council should not just focus on Cranbrook regarding jobs as other towns need jobs too.
  • 14 (2%) commented that there should not be building in rural areas/ANOB/greenfields.