County coun­cil scores well in lo­cal au­thor­ity sur­vey

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil were among eleven lo­cal au­thor­i­ties sur­veyed in March as part of the Na­tional Over­sight and Au­dit Com­mis­sion (NOAC), the re­sults of which have been pub­lished this week.

60 of those sur­veyed said that Wick­low County Coun­cil was do­ing a good job, com­pared to a na­tional av­er­age of 51 per cent. 57 per cent were sat­is­fied with Wick­low County Coun­cil, just one per cent more than the over­all av­er­age of 56 per cent.

54 per cent agreed that the coun­cil pro­motes eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, com­pared to 52 per cent na­tion­ally. 49 per cent agreed that they were well in­formed, with the over­all av­er­age stand­ing at 40 per cent.

35 per cent were sat­is­fied with its open­ness and trans­parency, com­pared to 34 per cent for the rest of the coun­try. The same per­cent­age rated Wick­low County Coun­cil as pro­vid­ing good for value for money. Na­tion­ally, only 28 per cent of peo­ple sur­veyed rated their coun­cil as pro­vid­ing good value for money.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey the most im­por­tant ser­vices pro­vided by coun­cils fell into four main cat­e­gories; roads and road safety, hous­ing, ameni­ties and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

Spon­ta­neous aware­ness is low for all ser­vices ex­cept road main­te­nance (66 per cent) and lo­cal au­thor­ity hous­ing (58 per cent)

About one in three peo­ple sur­veyed said that they con­tacted their coun­cil in the last five years, with hous­ing top­ping the list of rea­sons for this contact.

Over­all, over half were sat­is­fied with how their query was han­dled (51 per cent). Those who con­tacted their coun­cil in the last five years tended to be less sat­is­fied with their coun­cil than those who didn’t.

On av­er­age 93 per cent agreed that their lo­cal area is a good place to live and al­most 80 per cent agreed that their lo­cal area is a good place to work. There was also a strong or very strong sense of be­long­ing to their lo­cal area at 87 per cent. Although there was a vari­ance be­tween the larger and smaller coun­cil ar­eas with 84 per cent feel­ing a sense of be­long­ing in the larger ar­eas and 90 per cent in the smaller ar­eas.

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