'feel unable to influence council decisions', finds survey
with Sedgemoor District Council has reached an all-time high level
despite many residents feeling unable to influence the council
on decisions affecting the local area, according to a new survey.
conclusions come in a Sedgemoor District Council survey published
this week that has been conducted as part of its latest budget
total of 1,210 completed forms were filled in from a random sample
of residents across the district, which includes the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area.
of respondents say they are 'fairly' or 'very satisfied' with
the opportunities for participation in local decision-making provided
by the Council, which is slightly higher than last year's 39.9%
51.8% disagree that they can influence decisions affecting their
local area, while 14% say they 'definitely disagree' and just
31.7% say they can influence decisions.
results of the consultation show 49.9% of respondents say the
average £135 of Council Tax per household per year kept
by Sedgemoor to run its services represents 'value for money'.
the council's budget priorities, 'efficiency and value' is identified
as being the most important for residents. Waste collection, community
safety and economic development and regeneration are identified
as the most important services.
of respondents are in favour of reducing or stopping local services
rather than increasing Council Tax, while 29.9% are against this.
survey has also found the level of overall satisfaction with the
district council is 73%, which is the highest ever recorded in
its consultation surveys. The figures show 56% are 'fairly satisfied'
while 17% are 'very satisfied'.
full committee report on budget consultation can be found here.