Ash­bur­ton is a great place to call home

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - COUN­CIL

The Ash­bur­ton District is a great place to live, ac­cord­ing to 97 per cent of lo­cals who were sur­veyed in the 2017 an­nual res­i­dents’ sur­vey.

Re­sults of the sur­vey are now avail­able to the public, af­ter in­de­pen­dent com­pany Re­search First, who con­ducted the sur­vey, pre­sented the re­sults to coun­cil at their meet­ing last week.

A sum­mary shows coun­cil has met or ex­ceeded 20 of its 24 sat­is­fac­tion mea­sures, an in­crease of four mea­sures on the pre­vi­ous year. Amongst the re­sults, 76 per cent of res­i­dents were sat­is­fied with the way rates are spent over­all - an in­crease of 12 per cent from 2016.

Nine out of 10 peo­ple sur­veyed were sat­is­fied with coun­cil staff, up from 84 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year, while three quar­ters of res­i­dents were sat­is­fied with coun­cil’s over­all per­for­mance.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Dalziel said the an­nual sur­vey is an in­te­gral tool for coun­cil to eval­u­ate its ser­vices and he’s pleased this year’s sur­vey has seen marked im­prove­ments.

The sur­vey, along with pre­vi­ous year’s sur­veys are avail­able on the coun­cil web­site www.ash­bur­

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