What is it like to live and work in North East Lincolnshire? Can you help to shape the future of the borough?
The council is today launching Our Place, Our Future – a survey seeking the views and opinions of local people to find out about the services they use and the activities they do.
The survey asks people about their thoughts, feelings and experiences of living and working in the region. Local views are important and will be used to influence decisions and improve services to make a better North East Lincolnshire.
Responses will help the council to measure where people feel things are improving or getting worse, and understand how it can work better with residents to tackle challenges and make the most of arising opportunities. The survey will run for six weeks, closing on March 14 2024.
Our Place, Our Future is built around five key outcomes, outlining the council’s priorities and contributions, plus an additional section on service satisfaction: There are questions on:
- Learning and Skills – All people in North East Lincolnshire reach their full potential through skills and learning.
- Investing in Our Future – All people in North East Lincolnshire benet from a green economy and high quality environment.
- Vitality and Health – All people in North East Lincolnshire enjoy health and wellbeing.
- Economic Recovery and Growth – All people in North East Lincolnshire benefit from a strong local economy.
- Sustainable and Safe – All people in North East Lincolnshire live in a safe environment, and can have their say about things that are important to them and participate fully in their communities.
- Your Council – an opportunity to tell us your thoughts and satisfaction of some of our core, front-line services.
Participants can skip sections of the survey that don’t interest them and any information collected will not be used to identify people but to allow better understanding of local views. You can find out what the council is doing by reading the full Council Plan here, including an interactive walkthrough of the plan. https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/council-plan-our-vision-and-aims/
Our Place, Our Future was last carried out in 2020 and various schemes and improvements are either underway or have been implemented since then and reflect some of the issues brought up in the last survey.
These include the planned transformation of the western end of Freshney Place, and the Riverhead Square upgrade, where more than 11,000 plants, shrubs and trees are about to grace the new seating areas currently being built. An anti-social behaviour summit has taken place; and the Safer Streets project has included a programme aimed at cutting crime and anti-social behaviour on the East Marsh. The Home Office-funded project has seen residents on the East Marsh benefit from free home security upgrades and initiatives to make their communities safer.
The number of Public Space Protection Orders to protect against anti-social behaviour in defined areas of the borough has been increased, and a young people’s hub, The Young and Safe Haven, has been created in Osbourne Street to give one-to-one advice, and aims to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “It’s really important that people have the chance to share their views and we are here to listen to them.
“We appreciate that we have sought the views of local people on a number of very important issues recently, including Devolution and the Local Plan, but hearing from our residents is vital in moving our region forward.
“I really do encourage as many people as possible to fill in this survey so that they can have their say on what matters to them, what affects them and how we can make North East Lincolnshire a better place for people to live, work and play.
“This survey is all about gathering the views of our residents so we can establish what they feel is working well, and what areas require improvement. The survey covers most aspects of life in North East Lincolnshire, but people can skip the bits that might not be relevant to them.”
You can have your say on Our Place, Our Future 2024 by following this link: www.nelincs.gov.uk/ourplace