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Residents choose East Renfrewshire for its good reputation, education and safety

Findings from the 23rd East Renfrewshire Citizens' Panel survey show that locals have once again rated East Renfrewshire as a good place to live.

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The area's strong reputation, educational opportunities and safety were identified by just over half of respondents as their main reasons for choosing to live in East Renfrewshire.

The survey received its highest ever response rate with 64% of panel members giving their views. Of the 702 survey respondents, 92 per cent said they were satisfied or very satisfied with East Renfrewshire as a place to live. Respondents were generally positive about their quality of life too, with almost two thirds rating their current quality of life at 8 or more out of 10 and almost 60 per cent indicating they are managing very well or quite well financially.

The survey also gave respondents the opportunity to raise the main issues affecting them and their families. Health and healthcare was reported as the most common issue affecting respondents and their families. This was followed by education, roads and transport and the cost of living/financial issues.

East Renfrewshire Council Leader Tony Buchanan said: "I want to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views via the Citizens' Panel survey. We carry out this survey to engage with residents across the area and to hear what they think of East Renfrewshire and the services provided by the Council. It's fantastic to see that satisfaction about living in East Renfrewshire remains high but I know there are areas where residents want us to do more. I want to reassure residents that we are not complacent and always strive to improve the services which matter most to residents. It is also important to recognise and thank all of our employees who continuously work hard to deliver high quality services to our residents and make East Renfrewshire one of the best places to live in Scotland."

The East Renfrewshire Citizens' Panel has provided a means for residents to give their views since 1998. As well as seeking residents' views on living in East Renfrewshire, it also asks respondents to rate Council services and give their views on where these services could be improved.

The latest set of results show that 77 per cent are satisfied with council services, with the best ratings being given for education, libraries, waste, theatre/arts and parks.

Respondents were most positive about:

  • Education services - with 96 per cent rating primary education positively and 89 per cent rating secondary education positively
  • Theatre/arts - 95 per cent rated positively
  • Libraries - 93 per cent rated positively
  • Recycling - 92 per cent rated positively (up 9 per cent in the past year)
  • Public parks and open spaces - 91 per cent rated positively
  • Halls and pavilions - 89 per cent rated positively

While education was rated positively, it was also highlighted by respondents as a top priority for the Council and its partners, alongside Roads. Further areas highlighted as priorities were crime and antisocial behaviour, the environment and healthcare.


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